Posts Tagged ‘Infra-red’

_MG_6817The digital age of photography means that there is a proliferation of frames taken suggests that its easy to forget what you have done and not take the picture to it’s rightful conclusion.

In my case taken to conclusion might mean that a picture ends up here on my blog, on my website, as an A3 sized print or an A2 sized print if the picture is exceptional.

To help me bring order to the editing process I use various smart collections in the Lightroom Library. A smart collection automatically brings together in one place all the pictures that are tagged in a particular way. Each photographer will require different criteria for output. The example below is just what I use for me.

The process is based on logic unfortunately as are all things to do with computers!!

Firstly you will need to create a Collection Set – this is just a container to hold a series of smart collections.

Once you have a collection set then you can add individual smart collections to it. The idea here is to edit or refine the numbers of pictures. I have 41,488 pictures in my Library as of today’s date. So as I create smart collections hopefully I am only working with the images that might go somewhere.

By using combinations of flags, stars and colour labels a very wide range of criteria can be selected. When you add in all the options in the Smart collection drop down menus then the world is your lobster!

This post is not intended to be a click by click guide how to create custom collections – see the link to the Adobe video below.

In my collection set I have:

Smart Collection No 1 only looks for any picture that is Flagged.

Smart Collection No 2 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a one star rating – it’s colour processing is finished.

Smart Collection No  3 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a two star rating – it’s B&W processing processing is finished.

Smart Collection No 4 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a three star rating – it’s Lith processing is finished.

Smart Collection No 5 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a four star rating – it’s Infra-red processing is finished.

Smart Collection No 6 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a red label – it’s been used on my blog .

Smart Collection No 7 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a Yellow label – it’s been used on my website.

Smart Collection No 8 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a Green label – it’s been printed for a talk.

Smart Collection No 9 only looks for any picture that is Flagged and has a Blue label – it’s been used in an article.

See this video by Julieanne Kost from Adobe that explains things in her usual straight forward way.


Once you get the principal you can use the same logic to refine pictures say for a distinctions application.

It also follows that I can find any combination of criteria so if I want to find what files have been processed as say Lith and then printed – all I need to search for is a flagged 3 star picture with a Green Label. It’s so simple even I understand it.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


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_MG_0303Remember when DSlr’s were very slow to boot up and focus? This shot was taken in 2004 with my then new Canon 20D. The first digital camera I had that worked semi-like it was supposed to.

So who are Anna and Jack in the picture on the right, are they a real couple, are they still together, why are their names carved in to the stone paving in Millennium Square in Bristol?

In the ten years since I have had that camera body converted to only see Infra-red light.

This IR shot below frame number 9999 was taken yesterday morning in around 25 c heat about a mile from Millennium Square down at the Ashton Flyover built in the late 60’s.

_MG_9999So of the 10,000 pictures I have taken just with that camera body, how did I decide which ones to print and put in talks and demonstrations, put on the web etc.

How we edit our pictures is a critical skill to learn. I try to use just 1% from a major shoot. An old adage was one per roll of film that’s about 3%.

Perhaps its the subject of another post.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014  http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk

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_MG_6918Photographic composition or designing a picture, is really as simple as deciding what to leave out of the frame preferably at the taking stage.

I will say it again “use it or lose it, when composing a picture”.

So here I choose to leave out the house roof tops in the background by not including them in the picture as it was taken.

In the processing I have chosen a letterbox aspect ratio for the picture of 6×17 to further remove elements that do not add to the message of the picture.

One of the many features of photographic composition is the use of “leading lines”. This shot was taken with the path leading from the right hand lower corner. Pictures flow easier from left to right, because most of us read from left to right, therefore the picture was flipped horizontally.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014




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_MG_6812In the past week I have had cause to talk about infra-red photography three times. So feeling inspired after re-reading a book called “Infra-red Photography – a complete workshop guide” by my good friend Hugh Milsom MFIAP I thought I would have a go. The book is about film based IR photography but with lots of tips and great portfolios of pictures.

As there was strong directional lighting yesterday evening I took my IR converted camera body to an area of Bristol docks I do not normally use on my ABC of CameraWork courses (see my website for details). IR photography is usually light foliage and dark skies, I wanted a different look. Hence why I chose Architecture.

I would normally use a 10-22mm lens on a converted 20D body but I have lent this lens to friend, so I used a 24-105mm lens at 24mm (38mm equivalent on full frame) which turned out to be semi telephoto for my purposes. When I do this location again I will either use the 10-22mm (16-35mm equivalent) or may be a 12-24mm (19-38mm equivalent).

A quote I came across today may be useful to you “A creative man is motivated by the desire to achieve, not by the desire to beat others.” – Ayn Rand.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014


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Blackpool Sept 2011I am off tomorrow to hopefully finalize the venue and shoot locations for the Digital Lith Workshop based in Bridgnorth, Shropshire.

The date for the workshop is the 14-16th Feb 2014.

Would you like to master the secret of making wonderful elusive Digital Lith images from an acknowledged leader in the field?

The Workshop will give you the confidence to make your own digital Lith pictures in any photographic genre.

On the weekend Digital Lith Workshop I will share with you the powerful Lith skills and experience I have built up over the last eight years. The example above mimics a darkroom print made with Agfa Record Rapid paper toned with Selenium.

The outline workshop programme:

Friday evening – arrive late afternoon and have a relaxing dinner.

Saturday – Breakfast,  Photo shoot, lunch, Shoot, break, Tutorial & Demo, Dinner, Print Forum / Critique

Sunday – Breakfast, Photo shoot, lunch, Shoot, Tutorial & Demo. Review of the workshop

I will be putting the full details on my website hopefully by early next week before I go to Spain to do the recci for the FOTO Alpujarras Workshop planned for the 3rd week of April.

“Andy is one of the leading digital monochrome practitioners, and in particular, his pioneering work in developing a digital Lith workflow puts him at the forefront in reproducing the look and feel of this beautiful darkroom process”. Chris Mowthorpe ARPS

If you would like to add your name to the growing list of potential participants for the Digital Lith Workshop please email me now at info@andybeelfrps.co.uk to reserve a place.

The picture above was taken with IR capture and then processed in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro 2.

Blackpool Sept 2011 originalLeft is the unprocessed original shot straight out of the IR converted camera. I only show this as a typical example of a low contrast IR original.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013


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Gt Yarmouth Boating LakeIf you’re an existing Nik Software customer you can now get the whole Nik Collection for free just by providing your existing Product Key as evidence of purchase. This offer was introduced by Nik’s new owners Google.

To purchase the whole collection at current rates would cost $149 approximately £100 pounds. When I purchased Silver Efex Pro 2 it was around £150 on its own, so this is an extremely good offer.

The Nik Collection consists of

Color Efex Pro 4, Silver Efex Pro 2, Viveza 2, Sharpener Pro 3, Dfine 2, and HDR Efex Pro.

If you have lost or mislaid your original product key it can be found in the Nik browser in the top right hand corner by clicking on the Nik logo.

You will need to contact Nik through the Contact Page on their website.

I will be demonstrating how to use all tools in Silver Efex Pro 2 in Seminars for Calumet Photographic in September and November 2013. See the Calumet Seminars website for dates in Bristol and Birmingham.


The picture above – North Road Boating Lake in Great Yarmouth was taken while I was working with a client on a one to one training session. I offer one to one tuition with photographers who want to learn, grow and flourish. See my website (address below) for the details of my one to one tuition.

This picture above was created with Silver Efex Pro 2 from an original infrared capture. This small JPEG file doesn’t really give the sense of depth to the picture I created by adding Structure, Clarity and Sharpening the foreground and removing it in the sky and background. So if you can make this picture large as possible get the full effect.

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

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013


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Outpost - IcelandI am pleased to announce “The simple secret of becoming a first-class photographer” course. This one-day course will be held at Calumet Photographic in Bristol on Saturday 22nd June 2013 commencing at 10.30

Half of the places have been booked already before I could advertise it on my blog so book your place now to avoid disappointment. For full details of the course please look at my website on the workshops and seminars page at www.andybeelfrps.co.uk/Workshops%20-%20Seminars

The picture above is called “Outpost” taken in Iceland on Infrared capture.
A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week.
(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013

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