Please Follow Me On My New Instagram Page

  To make life easier for you to see my pictures I have started an Instagram page. The page address is https://www.instagram.com/andybeelfrps/ The page is populated with pictures so it will be worth taking a look. Please follow me on Instagram, thanks in anticipation.             AdvertisementsRead 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

A Face On The Wall

Weston super Mare May 2017 Infrared capture and Lith post-processing. Join us on the How to take better Infrared Photography workshop in July My Blog has moved to my websiteRead 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

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 andybeelfrps.co.uk/learning-zone Learn > Grow > Express                                    Read 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

Book Manuscripts Update

Taylor 814 ce Guitar Neck, 300 mm f6.3 Samyang Mirror Lens, 6400 ISO 1/240 handheld Work on the two new books and the new website is steaming ahead. The first book called “The Dark Art – Digital Black and White Printing” is going through the process of being proofread. Thank you very much to my proofreaders. The second book with a working title of “How to See Photographically” is about 95% there and is nearly ready to have the 54 picturesRead 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 http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk            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

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