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            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

Techies not needed

  Bay of Laig – Isle of Eigg – Western Isles – 2006  Hurrah problem sorted – the work group was not switched on?? I have no idea why not. After six hours of updating Win 10, Photoshop and Bridge would instal properly. New technology is not quite so bad after all when you only want it to work with having to RTFM! (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2016            Read more

PC whizzes – help please

You will notice this post does not include a picture – there is a reason for that! That’s because all my pictures are on my laptop. I bought a new computer today – all the networking works fine apart from I am being asked to give the Network Password for the connection to my Laptop. I can see the laptop on my new PC, but I cannot access any of the files. I have another PC on the Network that isRead more

Enjoy my free B&W Photo Blog Posts by email

Looking east from Corfe Castle – Dorset, September 2015 How to enjoy my free black and white photography Blog Posts by email: 1 – Go to the Blog Landing Page (the one that opens when following the link here) 2 – scroll to the very bottom of the page 3 – Click on the “Follow” button. Unfortunately, with the WordPress Bindery theme, it is not possible to have a Follow Button on the post itself. Or, click on the Follow Button in the WordPressRead more

Book Layout Editor & Proof Readers wanted

Keflavik steam plant – Iceland 2011 I am on the look out for a book Layout Editor and Proofreaders. Over the three or four months, I am seeking to produce three small workshop manual type books for use on my Monochrome Photography Masterclasses and Workshops. If you have the skills and experience get in touch. Please email me at (C) Andy Beel FRPS 2016                Read more

What accessory makes your photo life easier or better?

  Late evening Salford Quays June 2013 My latest favourite photo accessory is the Peak Design Sliding Camera Strap and the Peak Design Capture Clip. With this system, I can have one body on the sliding strap and another body on the Capture Clip. The Capture Clip is either attached to the strap of my camera rucksack or if I am not using the backpack, to my trouser belt. This innovative system allows me to be hands-free using two camerasRead more

New website preparation 1

Late again, New Brunswick 2010 I am in the process of commissioning a new website for my business Monochrome Masterclasses. This involves working with a creative designer who will do all putting together of the website in a professional looking way. The platform I have chosen to use is the WordPress so I will be able to update it as I need to in the future once it’s complete. More to come on this subject as the drop dead date of the 4thRead more


  Crop Irrigation, Norfolk June 2016 Just back from my short trip to Norfolk. It was great to see my good friend Colin Westgate MFIAP FRPS at the talk at Wayland and District PG, he and a friend drove up to Thetford from Colchester way, which is quite a long trip. It was also good to meet up with Barry – a client, to discuss split toning in Lightroom. We have a meeting with our publisher tomorrow about out new bookRead more

Top Ten Fuji Settings

The Electric Road Ogwen Valley, Snowdonia May 2016 There is a Fuji website I came across recently called Fuji Love. If the site is new to you and you are a Fuji user take a look here They are offering to tell us the top ten settings for Fuji cameras if we sign up for the Fuji Love Newsletter. If you are not a fan of reading your camera manual you might find this useful. (c) Andy Beel FRPS more

It’s about tonal contrast

London Embankment Skate Boarder – June 2016 A shot from our day out in London yesterday down on the Embankment, 1/8 Sec shutter speed panned, digital Lith print – note the grain is only in the shadows and mid tones. This picture works for me only because the skate boarder is wearing a dark coloured T shirt against a light toned background. Many of my pictures are light against dark, something I drum in to my clients and workshop participants. MonochromeRead more

Life’s a beach

Little Haven Beach, Pembrokeshire May 2016  Some times I surprise myself, I was working on this picture for a magazine article and thought to myself why not put it on the blog that has been lonely for months? This frame is 27 of 32 taken in a five minute period. The scene was changing all the time as the canoeists maneuvered themselves towards the cold sea. Every frame you take is an opportunity to get it right, pixels are cheapRead more

Master servant relationship

  Europort – The Netherlands September 2013  I had forgotten I had taken this on a workshop recce to Europort with my Dutch friend Paula Graham who has a fantastic blog here . We went to The Netherlands to do a workshop reece based on the heavy industry around Europort, one of the biggest if not the biggest port in Europe. It was a highly productive trip but not for industrial photography because it rained so heavily the days we plannedRead more

Eggborough Power Station

Eggborough Power Station – South Yorkshire January 2016  This is one of my favourite shots from the lecture tour of south Yorkshire a few weeks ago. This part of Yorkshire has three power stations – Ferrybridge C, Eggborough and Drax, the future of all three may be in doubt. Ferrybridge is very enclosed by roads except for long shots from the north so it not that good as a location for industrial photography. Eggborough has good access from all fourRead more

Yorkshire Lecture Tour

Shipley Canal 18mm f2.0 lens – May 2015 Next week I am doing a lecture tour in south Yorkshire. I will be visiting the the following clubs with “The digital Monochrome Print” talk, A2 size prints in the first half and a digital “how to” in the second. Monday – Wakefield More Tuesday – Halifax More  Wednesday – Huddersfield More Thursday – Selby More Come along and say hello if you are in the area. (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2016Read more

The reasons why – 4

  Looking down – Bexhill on Sea    The reasons why  Reason 1  To express my emotions and feelings. Reasons  2   To present or express ideas and beliefs Reason 3  To have emotional engagement with the viewer Reason 4  Because of what I learn about myself when I make pictures “To define is to destroy, to suggest is create.” Stephane Mallarme This quote from the French poet sums up much of what I feel about my approach to my photography.Read more

The reasons why -3

The enforcers – Den Haag 2013  Reason 1  To express my emotions and feelings. Reasons  2   To present or express ideas and beliefs Reason 3  To have emotional engagement with the viewer Why is an emotional response for expressive photography preferred? For me, we humans are truly ourselves at a feeling or emotional level. As a species we respond first with our feelings followed by reasoning and logic. Firstly to have an emotional engagement with the viewer you must firstRead more