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

The Cullins – Isle of Skye March 2016

  The art and craft of black and white printing is in starting with a useable digital negative. If you think your digital negatives have little potential for creating an expressive picture, think again. The smaller picture is the same file as the feature image without post-processing. Low contrast in the camera allows controlled global and selective contrast to be added in the printing. Only beginners think a bright contrasty day is good for taking pictures. In your hands, you holdRead more

Discover new ways of seeing with perception

Banksey – Park Street, Bristol 2013 One-day ABC of CameraWork Course  £99 Saturday 19th November 2016 Make a real positive difference to your picture taking Know what your picture will look like before pressing the button Discover new ways of seeing with perception Unravel instantly made viewfinder decisions Free ABC of CameraWork Card Lunch included Great value for money 4 Places Fitness Level 1 of 3 Come and join us in the heart of Bristol and make a big step forward inRead more

Groundbreaking News From G2G Photo

St Mary’s Painswick, Gloucestershire 2014  We teach you how to learn photography – every other book, website, course or workshop tells you what to learn. We offer you something completely new based on 40 years of academic research. The book, website and workshops will show you how to Build intuitive photographic skills step by step Become unconsciously competent when using your digital camera Suitable for any genre or type of photography Follow us on the new G2G Website Blog  (c) AndyRead more

Hot Hint No 2

Porthmadog Station – 2012  Hot Hint No2 – Review The Printing Style Of Other Photographers “Look at the prints made by other photographers in great detail preferably at an exhibition. This review calls for intense observation, not just a cursory glance, you are gazing into the photographer and printers soul. What in your opinion are the strengths and weaknesses of the printing? Do not consider the picture or the crop, concentrate on the selection of tones. How does the selected brightness andRead more

Yorkshire Mono Masterclass

    Huddersfield – October 2007  Come and join us on the Yorkshire Monochrome Masterclass on the 28th November to the 2nd December based in the glorious Wensleydale. Book before the 13th November and get a massive £175 discount. The masterclass is in three parts Taking pictures in Wensleydale A Masterclass Manual The picture making process tutorial The viewfinder tutorial Daily picture review Huge variety of location Become the photographer you know you are meant to be. For more information see http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk/  Read more

Book Review

Trees – Languedoc, 2005 Hurrah, a big box of new “The Dark Art” books arrived from the printers today. Spruce up your digital black and white printing skills in Photoshop or Lightroom. Here is an initial book review “I have a huge book collection, and I like books to ‘feel’ right’. My initial reaction is that it looks and feels an excellent workbook with good quality images and a very clear layout. The spiral binding allows me to have itRead more

Photo Hot Hint No 1 – Join in

     Misty Cullins – Isle of Skye March 2016 Black and white photography is about contrast or differing brightnesses of illumination. The picture above works for me because of the simplicity of the lighter tone of the snow on the peaks against a darker mountain and sky. I am starting a new series of blog posts using some of the hot hints I included in my latest book called “The Dark Art – A black and white digital printing workshop manual”  Read more

New Website for andybeelfrps.co.uk

  My new website has finally arrived After a six month development period, my new website is finally live. I hope you like the look of the new site, if you do, please tell all your friends real and virtual on Facebook. Visit the Leaning Zone pages and get fired up how you can move towards your photographic goals. There is a Suggestions Box on the Contact Page so you can pass on any thoughts about the website or workshops you wouldRead more

The Dark Art – Progress

Afon Dwyryd – Snowdonia 2o12 The Dark Art a black and white digital printing workshop manual is currently being put together in Adobe Indesign by Trev in Spain. Trev taught me a new term I had not come across before “page furniture” meaning everything that is not text or pictures. Much of my time is taken up with books and the selection of pictures to illustrate books, along with caption writing for the How to See Photographically Workshop Manual manuscript.  Read more

Book Manuscripts Update

Taylor 814 ce Guitar Neck, 300 mm f6.3 Samyang Mirror Lens, 6400 ISO 1/240 handheld Work on the two new books and the new website is steaming ahead. The first book called “The Dark Art – Digital Black and White Printing” is going through the process of being proofread. Thank you very much to my proofreaders. The second book with a working title of “How to See Photographically” is about 95% there and is nearly ready to have the 54 picturesRead more

Book update – The Dark Art

The first draft of my latest book “The Dark Art – Digital Black and White Printing” is finished. The next stage in the operation is to request it is read by experienced Proofreaders. After all the minor alterations have been made, then it can go to the Layout Editor who will create the book from my manuscript in Adobe Indesign a skill I do not possess. After the Style Sheet, master pages, Spreads and Formatting have been sorted out, IRead more

2nd EU Referendum

EU Referendum Rules triggering a 2nd EU Referendum We the undersigned call upon HM Government to implement a rule that if the remain or leave vote is less than 60% based a turnout less than 75% there should be another referendum. 2,620,586 signatures so far Parliament will consider this for a debate Parliament considers all petitions that get more than 100,000 signatures for a debate Waiting for 1 day for a debate date Government will respond Government responds to allRead more

New Content-Aware Crop Tool

Caught in the rain – Gloucester Docks, 2014 Users of Photoshop with the latest CC release 2015.5 may have noticed there is a content-aware facility added to the crop tool.  This gives you the opportunity to add content aware pixels to areas that would have otherwise been cropped out in the crop process. With the second version content aware has added the pixels at the top of the picture. More  (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2016 http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk            Read more

Testing sanity

  Gullfoss Waterfall – Iceland 2011, The first picture I put on WordPress in 2011 A good way to test your sanity and patience is to buy a computer with Windows 10 as the operating system. The problems found and overcome so far: – 6 hours of Windows updates and installing – Network passwords – The DVD player is recognised, but it will not open, solution to buy a cheap Ext DVD drive for very occasional use – Updating of the soundcardRead more