See Like A Professional Try These Cool Tips-Part 1

See Like A Professional This is the first of two posts in the see like a professional series. There are many articles about photographic seeing available on the web and in print. The idea behind this article is to set out some of the wider fundamental thinking before you get into the nuts and bolts of how photographic seeing is achieved. Read the whole post here              Read more

Learning To See The Light

An intuitive response It seems that there are some photographers who intuitively look and see the light within a picture. There are others who look and do not see the light. So, how if you are in the second group, can you teach yourself to see and recognise the light? Read the whole post                Read more

Easy Steps For Setting IR Black and White Points in Lightroom

Easy Tips For Setting The IR Black & White Points In Lightroom The IR Workshop  This feature shot was taken yesterday on the first of three How To Take Better IR Photos Workshops. The next workshop with places if you are interested is on the 11 September 2017 at Stourhead in Wiltshire. See more info https://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk/workshops   As with all my workshops the size of the group is limited to four participants. We sat in the cafe and had a coffee,Read more

Wide-angle Lens Workshop

A very brief report A good time was had by all at the first “How to get the most from a wide-angle lens” workshop at Blaenavon. Maybe you have a wide-angle lens and are not sure how to use it effectively. Here is a wide-angle lens workshop where you can pick up hot hints, do some practice and get vital feedback on how well you are doing. Read the whole post (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2017Read more

How to scan glass plate negatives with ease

How to scan glass plate negatives with ease The subject of this post is in response to a query by a client Lynn Buckley about my last post on retouching old photos. As a postscript Lynn went on to scan the negatives she had and the pictures were used in a book about her family in Ireland. Lynn’s query was about the scanning of glass plate negatives. The scanning of negatives that are going to be enlarged is different toRead more

Harness The Power Of Picture Templates

Harness the power of picture templates We all carry around in our heads a set of photo templates (pre-visualisations) that are the subjects and compositions we use to take pictures. These templates form the backbone of our photography. It is important to recognise that they exist and how they potentially limit your creative expression. “You only take the pictures styles you have already taken”   For much more information about how to harness the power of picture templates and findingRead more

Selecting pictures for your blog or website – 6 easy ways

A Newspaper Picture Editors Role Imagine you are a newspaper picture editor, your job is to make a selection from all the pictures that are uploaded from photographers on the ground. They will have made an initial selection from all the shots they have taken of the story and captioned the files. Your role is to decide which picture will best conveys the newspapers point of view about a scene to the reader. Read more (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2017Read more

10 ways to get the best from your Smart Phone Camera

Photography is a combination of the technical and artistic both are needed to make a successful picture As we all know there has been a revolution in digital photography. Every new generation of mobile phones makes it easier to take pictures in more difficult circumstances. Photography is a combination of the technical and artistic, your phone cannot help you with the artistic part of photography. Your phone does not know you or love you, it is not a mind reader.Read more

What’s In My Camera Bag?

From the feature shot above I am very glad this is not a picture of my camera bag. To carry around all this gear for a day would put me in hospital with an aching back and shoulders. Who ever you are and of what age, you must be comfortable with the weight of your bag. Read the whole postRead more

What’s In My Camera Bag?

What’s in my camera bag? From the feature shot above I am very glad this is not a picture of my camera bag. To carry around all this gear for a day would put me in hospital with an aching back and shoulders. Who ever you are and of what age, you must be comfortable with the weight of your bag. Read the whole post (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2017Read more

Reasons to Shoot Monochromatic and Colour Photography

Originally posted on The Fujifilm Blog:
With the ease of publishing colour photography, both digitally and in print, monochromatic photos can seem like relics of the past. But there are moments when your shots are best served in black and white. The shapes and busyness of your composition might suggest it is time to break from colour and go monochromatic. ? Look for a few reasons to make your next shot monochromatic. ? Simplify composition and emphasise basics. If the…

A Face On The Wall

Weston super Mare May 2017 Infrared capture and Lith post-processing. Join us on the How to take better Infrared Photography workshop in July My Blog has moved to my websiteRead more

Andy Beel’s Photo Blog Has Moved

  An iconic Banksey – Park St, Bristol    The Andy Beel FRPS Black and White Photography Blog has moved  If you like the style and content of my black and white photography blog and want to see all the interesting and helpful new posts you need to subscribe to it in its new location on my website. When you subscribe you will receive an email saying a new post is available. For those who have subscribed to my oldRead more

Who is watching who?

  Who is watching who? Barry Island – October 2016  I took delivery of a big box of competition prints and dpi’s over the weekend from Devizes Camera Club. Over the next few days, I will sit down with a large glass of medicinal single malt and separate the good, not so good and oh dear in the pile of prints. Why not come along on Tuesday evening and find out who won and perhaps more importantly – why? .Read more

Hot Hint No3

  Swaledale – North Yorkshire, November 2016  Hot Hint No3  “A technically perfect print with no soul has no expressive value”. Extracted from – The Dark Art – A Black and White Digital Printing Workshop Manual By Andy Beel FRPS The above shot was taken on last weeks’ Yorkshire Monochrome Masterclass. (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2016 andybeelfrps.co.uk/learning-zone Learn > Grow > Express                                    Read more

Arena Seminar – open for booking

(c) Andy Beel FRPS – Bournemouth Beach – 2014  Arena Seminar 10 – 12 March 2017 Arena is pleased to announce details of the 2017 Arena Seminar.  The Seminar has become established as a major weekend event in the photographic calendar. 2017 Seminar dates: Friday 10th to 12th March 2017 at the Riviera Hotel, Burnaby Road, Alum Chine, Bournemouth, BH4 8JF  The Seminar brings together a first-class group of speakers and photography enthusiasts for a weekend of lectures, discussion andRead more