Easy Steps For Setting IR Black and White Points in Lightroom

Easy Tips For Setting The IR Black & White Points In Lightroom The IR Workshop  This feature shot was taken yesterday on the first of three How To Take Better IR Photos Workshops. The next workshop with places if you are interested is on the 11 September 2017 at Stourhead in Wiltshire. See more info https://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk/workshops   As with all my workshops the size of the group is limited to four participants. We sat in the cafe and had a coffee,Read more

Wide-angle Lens Workshop

A very brief report A good time was had by all at the first “How to get the most from a wide-angle lens” workshop at Blaenavon. Maybe you have a wide-angle lens and are not sure how to use it effectively. Here is a wide-angle lens workshop where you can pick up hot hints, do some practice and get vital feedback on how well you are doing. Read the whole post (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2017Read more

How to scan glass plate negatives with ease

How to scan glass plate negatives with ease The subject of this post is in response to a query by a client Lynn Buckley about my last post on retouching old photos. As a postscript Lynn went on to scan the negatives she had and the pictures were used in a book about her family in Ireland. Lynn’s query was about the scanning of glass plate negatives. The scanning of negatives that are going to be enlarged is different toRead more

Harness The Power Of Picture Templates

Harness the power of picture templates We all carry around in our heads a set of photo templates (pre-visualisations) that are the subjects and compositions we use to take pictures. These templates form the backbone of our photography. It is important to recognise that they exist and how they potentially limit your creative expression. “You only take the pictures styles you have already taken”   For much more information about how to harness the power of picture templates and findingRead more

Selecting pictures for your blog or website – 6 easy ways

A Newspaper Picture Editors Role Imagine you are a newspaper picture editor, your job is to make a selection from all the pictures that are uploaded from photographers on the ground. They will have made an initial selection from all the shots they have taken of the story and captioned the files. Your role is to decide which picture will best conveys the newspapers point of view about a scene to the reader. Read more (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2017Read more

10 ways to get the best from your Smart Phone Camera

Photography is a combination of the technical and artistic both are needed to make a successful picture As we all know there has been a revolution in digital photography. Every new generation of mobile phones makes it easier to take pictures in more difficult circumstances. Photography is a combination of the technical and artistic, your phone cannot help you with the artistic part of photography. Your phone does not know you or love you, it is not a mind reader.Read more

What’s In My Camera Bag?

From the feature shot above I am very glad this is not a picture of my camera bag. To carry around all this gear for a day would put me in hospital with an aching back and shoulders. Who ever you are and of what age, you must be comfortable with the weight of your bag. Read the whole postRead more

What’s In My Camera Bag?

What’s in my camera bag? From the feature shot above I am very glad this is not a picture of my camera bag. To carry around all this gear for a day would put me in hospital with an aching back and shoulders. Who ever you are and of what age, you must be comfortable with the weight of your bag. Read the whole post (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2017Read more

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 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

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 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