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

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

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

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

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

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

The reasons why – 1

Huddersfield U3A Choir 2007 – digital lith. “He who has a why to live, can bear almost any how.” Friedrich Nietzsche Without a why, the how and the what have little foundation to build from. The reasons why I take photographs could be a series of six posts if I am encouraged to do so. There are no right or wrong answers to why we take pictures just attraction and motivation. Reason 1 – why I take and make photographs: ToRead more

A Christmas sing song

Huddersfield U3A Choir – 2007 I had forgotten about these until very recently. Never delete! Allow your perception to mature see my original post on the 27th Oct 2013 under that title here Taken with a 150mm f2.8 lens at f2.8. Grain selectively added with Silver Efex Pro 2 for aesthetic purposes and also I love grain. A merry Christmas and an expressive 2016 to one and all. (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2015            Read 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

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

Silver Efex Pro 2 Tutorial

Silver Efex Pro 2 “Everything you wanted to know but were too frightened to ask” Date 2nd March 2015 Location The Coach House – 2 Upper York Street Bristol BS2 8QN Duration – 1/2 day Intermediate level Course Part 1 – What the tools do and how to use them.Part 2 – Suggested Workflows for Lightroom and Photoshop. Follow the link here for More… (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2015 more

Christmas greetings from Andy Beel

This Christmas Andy is unveiling a new base in Bristol. From March 2015 he will be based at the Coach House, Upper York Street, Bristol. See the great new range of MonoChrome MasterClasses, Workshops and Courses available with discounts. A big thank you to my clients. I wish you all a passionate, growing and flourishing MonoChrome year in 2015. Learn. Grow. Flourish (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014  Read more

MonoChrome course discounts

I have spent the last few days updating my website with new MasterClasses, Workshops and Courses based in Bristol throughout 2015. There are new early bird discounts, introduction discounts and buy one get a second course reduced offers on the ABC of CameraWork Courses and a Lightroom 5 for beginners course. I have place emphasis on grouping participants with similar learning needs together. To facilitate this many of the learning opportunities are described as either Advanced, Intermediate or Beginners coursesRead more