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

Digital mono print talk

I am pleased to announce that I will be giving a talk called “The digital monochrome print” on the Wirral in the UK at the Vauxhall Motors Sports and Social Club, Rivacre Road, Ellesmere Port this coming Sunday afternoon. If there are any remaining tickets they can purchased through John Rowell  on 01286 872361. This is quite a prestigious event and I’m quite delighted to be invited to give the presentation bearing in mind the quality of the previous speakersRead more

Genesis Exhibition by Salgado in London

For those of you in need of a monochrome fix I suggest if you haven’t seen the Genesis exhibition by Sebastiao Salgado at the Natural History Museum it’s high time you did. See This is undoubtedly the most stunning photography exhibition in any genre you will see this year or this decade. A big hello to all the new followers of my little blog this week. (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2013 more

Monochrome is not just taking the colour out

Monochrome photography is not about just removing “the prettiness of colour” to quote the late Barry Thornton. I have not posted a before and after picture for a while so here is one called “Orthodox Priest”. The reason why this picture works for me is that I have controlled the highlight contrast provided by the two light sources i.e. the door in the background and the window to the left of the picture just out of shot. This was doneRead more

The Sickle Maker

I created this picture as a promotional shot that will go on a revolving digital presentation at the RPS Western Region Adobe Roadshow on Sunday week. Sorry its fully booked if you were thinking of attending 140 other people got there before you. I’m going there to promote my black and white workshops and courses in the South West. Don’t forget that are a few spaces left on the seminars with Calumet Photo in Bristol in May and June wereRead more

Not the f64 Group style

Please look at the picture full size against a grey background. I was reminded of a quote by Edward Weston to Ansel Adams in 1932 “I would say to any artist – do not be repressed in your work, dare to experiment – consider any urge if in a new direction all the better, as a gift from the gods not to be lightly denied by convention or prior concepts”. Ansel Adams letters and images 1916 – 1984. The f64Read more

The Barbers Booth – Ethiopia

Please look at the picture full size against a grey background. I was reminded of this picture called “Barbers Booth – Ethiopia” for three reasons. Firstly Lesley down in sunny? Cornwall has been to the Hairdressers for her bi-yearly visit. Secondly I have a follower in Ethiopia. Thirdly there is a strong tradition in photography of taking pictures of Barbers and Hairdressers shops, such as Walker Evans “Interior, Barber Shop, Havana, Cuba 1933. See  I have come to theRead more