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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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