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 hold the keys to the look of the final picture in equal measure with the negative. All the potential tones are there, it’s your job as the printer is to make a plan and express your vision and intent for the picture you took. It’s your responsibility nobody else’s.

(c) Andy Beel FRPS 2016


8 responses to The Cullins – Isle of Skye March 2016

  1. John McCarthy Gmail says:

    Hi Andy

    This makes me want to go and visit the relies on Skye again.

    Very evocative image




    • andybeel says:

      Hi John, yes its a great place, I am thinking a doing a workshop recce there at some point. What did you think of the text with post? And y


  2. paula graham says:

    Wonderfully well processed image. Delicate and forbidding at the same time. Y’r a star. I like it that you included the ‘before, straight from camera ‘ shot.


    • andybeel says:

      Hi Paula i used to do before and after pictures a while ago then forgot about them until I saw an example on a competitors website. Andy


  3. Pauline says:

    Hi Andy… I like your processsing of this picture, if I’m right, it has a warm tone to it. I still look at your very good tutorial notes from your Spanish work shop this year. Best wishes. Pauline Benbrook


    • andybeel says:

      Hi Pauline good to hear from you again. Yes, it is split-toned. Thanks for the kind comments on the notes. Andy


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