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 Learn > Grow > Express                                    Read 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

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  Read more

New Website for

  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

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

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

More frames = More opportunites

  Washing on a line – Gaillac Midi-Pyrenees, France 2005 I was looking at this shot taken in Gaillac in 2005. What amazed me was I was there for a whole week and I only took 326 pictures. In the right conditions, now I would take that number of frames in two days. The more pictures you take the more opportunities you have in the post-processing. A colour picture converted in Lightroom by desaturation, adding contrast and clarity. (c) AndyRead more

Homage to Bill Brandt

Yew Trees – Painswick Churchyard – Gloucestershire October 2014   The picture above is homage to a big influence of mine Bill Brandt who was not frightened to use solid blacks in his prints. Click here to see more of Bills wonderful work. Who influences you? Why not share a few names so we all can learn > grow and flourish as photographers? I periodically send out a newsletter to 1000+ contacts with the details of the things me and myRead more

Next years programme

My programme of Masterclasses, Workshops and Courses for next year is up on my website click here if you would like to take a look. The site also has new galleries and pictures throughout. This shot above was taken years ago in Wales, I feel this version is the best I have done that creates a sense of depth from back to front at the printing stage. As you may imagine there is a fair amount of work to getRead more

Off to sunny Spain

“The Alhambra – Granada – November 2014” I am off to sunny Spain in a few hours to run the “How to see photographically” workshop in the Sierra Nevada south of Granada. The area we will be photographing is the Alpujarras mountains down to the warm Mediterranean coast. I delighted the workshop is fully booked. There is one place left on this workshop next April. Learning how to see photographically as opposed to looking will concentrate on two parts ofRead more

New Intermediate Lightroom Course

New – Adobe Lightroom Intermediate Course How to master Lightroom from the ground up Date & Location 12th May 2015 – The Coach House – 2 Upper York Street Bristol BS2 8QN Commencing at 10.00 By the end of the session you will be able to master: Library golden rules Backup strategies Importing from a card and shared drive / Folder structure The Lightroom interface and how to control it for your needs Create a metadata preset Keywording Editing FilteringRead more

The How To See (Photographically) Workshop

Learn > grow > flourish in Southern Spain. o Gain new photographic core strengths and realise your aims – by investing in your own progress as a photographer. o Discover an excellent blue print for photographic advancement – understand and use The ABC of CameraWork Method of Seeing. o Pick up the ways of a master at the art form with a powerful Mono Workflow in Photoshop and Lightroom. o Refine your picture style with the colour magazine look in aRead more