Courses availablity update

_MG_3372Places on the Courses and Workshops in Bridgend are going fast so if you are thinking of coming along next spring don’t hesitate to book now.

See the following events on my website

New one day courses in South Wales next year
– An ABC of CameraWork Course in Cardiff.
– A Lightroom for Beginners Course.
– A Monochrome Photography Masterclass – a few places left.
– A Monochrome Printing Masterclass – selling fast.

It’s been a strange sort of day. I got up early just in case the delivery of a lens was early and the courier came at 16.40. The Fujinon XF 10-24mm f4 R OIS was perfect and focusses in low light much better than the XF 18-135mm lens.

The featured picture is Glen Coe taken in the rain in December 2005. Lith post processing carried out this year.

Andy Beel FRPS 2014



Hanks 52

IMAG0165Dusk – Piccadilly Circus, London England Oct 2014.

Mobile phone camera.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014



A Hero Indeed:


Here is an excellent post from Paula Graham ARPS containing a video and stills by Salgado. See the Salgado retrospective exhibition at the the Beetles Gallery in London until the 8th Nov. Andy

Originally posted on Paula Graham:

Thought I would share this Youtube video  with you;  it touched me to the core, the humanity, caring, photography of

Sebastião Salgado


Take a glass of wine, sit back,  relax, watch, wonder and marvel:


and this:


View original

_MG_4260There is one place left on the FOTO ALPUJARRAS Workshop in the authentic Spain.

Date 17th – 22nd November 2014

- First class photographic locations in the authentic Spain
– Enhance your photography – learn, grow and flourish as a creative photographer
– Structured learning
– Tutorials and demos by a long-time Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society
– Colour and Mono Workflow demonstrations in Photoshop and Lightroom
– Expert guidance and tuition on technical, composition, exposure and lens choices
– A Picture Forum to share your pictures with the group
– Individual or group critiques
– Maximum group size 6-7 people
– Relaxed, safe travel with a Spanish speaking British driver Paul
– Comfortable hotel in the mountains

See the fully updated website Gallery of pictures from the recci I did in the Alpujarras last December.


For further info and booking see


(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014

Beach Huts

_DSF9961-2This weeks talk “The Digital Monochrome Print” is for the Worcester Camera Club Digital Group. See www.worcestershirecameraclub.co.uk/ they meet on Thursday evenings.

The featured picture is another from sunny Budleigh Salterton taken last week funnily enough called “Beach Huts”.

Digital Lith Processing in Lightroom 5.

I was mentioned in a post by FatMan about photographic composition a few days ago. See wordpress.com/read/blog/id/22503289/

Here the composition of the shadows of the beach huts is tending towards minimal – hopefully the viewer will make the link between Budleigh Salterton and the shapes.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


_DSF0042How will you feel when your picture HDD fatally crashes or your Laptop or computer is stolen?

When NOT if!

How is your DAM? (Digital Asset Management Plan) at a most basic level this is a backup strategy for your pictures.

I have just backed up my pictures, all 857Gb of them taken over a 12 year period to a 3Tb Ext HDD using Good Sync software as part of an on-going strategy. With a USB 3.0 connection the copying of all my pictures took 25 hours! See www.GoodSync.com for an easy to use software solution costing £20.

Cloud backup of raw files is not viable due to extremely slow upload speeds and the cost of transfer if you do not have unlimited broadband which will be highly prohibitive. The actual cost of the storage with Fast Glacier is very cheap if you can get your pictures / documents there. See fastglacier.com This is a good solution for documents.

The featured picture above is another shot from my trip last week to Sidmouth in Devon. I don’t know why but the blurry guy in the foreground reminds me of John Lennon – may be its the glasses? This picture works for me because of the back lighting and the composition. I love the blurry figure and the two figures in the distance on the right and left hand sides that balance each other. A real bonus is the light coming through the shelter windows.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014



_DSF0115A stormy afternoon in Sidmouth, Devon before the talk at Sidmouth PG yesterday.

Fuji X-T1 18-135mm lens, hand held 1/13 Sec, focal length around 60mm on FF acceptably sharp in the foreground, wind blowing a force 8.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


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