RhythmsI am off to hopefully sunny north Devon to give a talk at Barnstable CC this evening.

This is a highly interactive talk as all mine are. I gave the same presentation at Bridgwater PS on Tuesday evening the audience asked a lot of interesting questions. I ended up only showing about half of the prints I had taken to show in the first half because the Q&A was going so well.

The second half of the talk is a laptop demo overview of my workflows in CS6 and Lightroom 5 for monochrome.

I also talked a bit a the Pixels to Print workshops I run for camera clubs – see my website for details.

They were also interested in the 1st Avon Valley Salon of Photography with a Triptych section. The Triptych section means you can recycle old FIAP and PSA acceptances for further credits. See the Avon Valley website for details. www.avonvalley.photography/

So a good time was had by all.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


A lighter camera bag

I am moving away from Canon who I have been using since going digital.

I have decided rightly or wrongly to go with the Fuji X-T1 with the 18-135mm lens. The Fuji body and lens weigh about the same as the Canon 5DII body on its own without a lens. The 18-135mm lens was the deciding factor in the end, it has an 35mm equivalent zoom range of 28-200mm. With the Canon gear I use, I have a 24-105mm lens and take a large number of shots at 105mm.

My feeling is that I would have used focal lengths beyond 105mm if they were available in one zoom lens. I own a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens, a superb lens but very big and bulky and most important heavy.

So my current thinking on a general standard camera bag contents is the Fuji X-T1 with 18-135mm lens (28-200mm in real terms!) and my Canon 5DII with a Sigma 12-24mm zoom.

I can always can always put Canon 100-400 lens in the car if the need arises.

See the DP Review report of the gold awarded Fuji X-T1camera at http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilm-x-t1.

The new camera and lens should arrive tomorrow morning in time for me to charge the battery and use it in North Devon tomorrow afternoon!

A big hello to all the new followers of my blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


New Photo Society and Salon

_MG_8462-2I am one of the four founding members of a newly formed Photographic Society.

The Avon Valley Photographic Society is an active learning society and promotes the development of photographic skills, experience, knowledge and participation. At an appropriate time I will post how you can get involved where ever you are in the world.

AVPS has also introduced a new digital salon of photography opening for entries on the 1st of December 2014.

It is the first International salon to include a Triptych section with the following benefits:

1 Any accepted image from a previous salon can be used again along with 2 other similar images to make a Triptych that can gain you another acceptance. This is the first international salon with a triptych section and therefore the first to give this added opportunity for previous acceptances.

2 The acceptance level we would like to achieve is a minimum of 30% – this is generally higher than in other salons.

3 MOST importantly – Even if you are not interested in gaining acceptances towards FIAP and PSA distinctions, then you can still enter the salon because there are 15 sets of Gold, Silver and Bronze medals and Ribbons to be won from FIAP, PSA and RPS.

See http://www.avonvalley.photography/ for further Salon details and sign up to our mailing list.

This shot above was taken out on a photo recci for the Avon Valley Photographic Society – somewhere in the Avon Valley!

It’s said that a good monochrome print should have presence or an inner glow. This is most easily achieved by making the subject of the photo (the Lichen in this case) the brightest and most contrasty area of the picture and then darkening around the subject.

A big hello to all the new followers of my blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


_MG_5554-EditSometimes less is more – the essence.

Think about

  • What is significant and important to you.
  • What needs to be more dominant.
  • What needs to be less dominant.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014



Reblogged from Kenneth Wajda. This is a good explanation of how I feel about digital capture its too everything… Thanks Kenneth

Originally posted on 6x6 Portraits | Kenneth Wajda:

Here’s an interesting perspective about film vs digital imaging. Film looks like past tense, and digital looks like present tense. Here’s an example that everyone will instantly understand. If I switch on the TV and the movie The Natural or Angels In the Outfield, or Bull Durham or any other baseball movie is on, in a scene of game action, no one will see the players and think they are watching the sports highlights. They can tell it looks like a movie, and not video from today’s MLB broadcast of your team, whatever city you’re in. It looks like a movie, like it was recorded and saved some time ago. Past tense.

George and Co.Digital imaging looks like present tense, like surveillance footage, really. Just what you shot is exactly what you got.

Film has a dreamy, slightly soft quality, that looks like a moment stored, saved from the past. That’s…

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A photographers heart

_MG_8308-EditIf you are a musician first base is playing all the right notes in the right order. Second base is playing all the right notes in the right order and putting a personal interpretation on the piece.

Camera operators get correct exposure and focus and record the scene.

Photographers record the scene with an personal interpretation that’s individual to them. Interpretation reveals perceived significance and the heart and soul of the photographer.

A big hello to all the new followers of my blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


_MG_7076A free top tip to increase the perception of perspective or depth in a picture.

A wide-angle lens in the portrait aspect ratio tilted downwards will always increase the sense of depth in a picture.

If that is combined with a converging lines the effect will be also be improved.

Back lighting will also help.

This picture was taken on a 24mm wide-angle lens.

If I was going to print this picture I would choose a paper from my sponsors called Fotospeed Platinum Etching because it has a way of making pictures look three dimensional. This paper makes you think you can walk straight in to the picture.

see www.fotospeed.com

A big hello to all the new followers of my blog this week.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


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