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

Free Intermediate ABC of CameraWork Course

Book the “How to see (photographically) workshop” in Spain on the 22 – 27 April 2015 and get a FREE introductory intermediate level ABC of CameraWork Course in Bristol on the 14th April 2015 worth £79. See more here now. I am giving a talk tonight at Rhondda CC in south Wales called “Every picture tells a story”. I was going to go over early with my camera but as the light is very sunny f16 type weather, I willRead 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

Lightroom 5 for Beginners – one place

The featured picture is “Gullfoss Waterfall – Iceland 2011” post-processed entirely in Lightroom. Lightroom is a great tool for organising and processing your digital pictures, but if it’s new to you then it can appear a little overwhelming. My new one day Lightroom 5 beginners course – “how to master Lightroom from the ground up” will be just the ticket for you. Aimed at those who are new to Lightroom or just getting to grips with it, this one day courseRead more

Lightroom 5 Beginners Course Places

New one day Lightroom 5 for beginners course Date – 21st February 2015 Location – Bridgend, South Wales Places available – 2     By the end of the session you will be able to: • Understand the Library catalog basics • Import pictures to Lightroom from a memory card  • Import your existing back catalog of pictures on your hard drive to Lightroom  • Crop and straighten • Carry out basic global enhancements such as white balance • CarryRead more

Client success

I was pleased to note a client of mine Tamsin Green ARPS has had a picture accepted in the RPS 2015 Biennial Members Exhibition currently showing at the Grant Bradley Gallery in Bedminster Bristol. I greatly enjoyed the exhibition and will go back to see it for a second time before it closes at the end of January. There are still a few places remaining on the Photo Masterclass in Bristol on the 14th May 2015. See the website forRead 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

The How To See (Photographically) Workshop

I am pleased to announce a second date for the How To See (photographically) workshop in the Sierra Nevada – Spain. The date is the 16th – 21st November 2015. The autumn workshop offers different photographic opportunities for the participants than on the Spring workshop. The dates for the April workshop are the 22nd – 27th April 2015. Key Workshop features – The ABC of CameraWork Method of Seeing – Expert guidance on technical, composition, exposure, lens choices – FirstRead more

New Mono Courses & Workshops in South Wales

I am pleased to announce new courses and workshops in South Wales next year. Participants who have booked already for dates next Spring are coming from all over the country, so book early to avoid disappointment. See my website for course and workshop details. ABC of CameraWork one day course in Cardiff. You will discover what your picture will look like artistically and technically BEFORE you press the shutter release. Great for all levels of experience working in colour orRead more

FOTO Alpujarras Workshop

I am excited about the FOTO Alpujarras Workshop that takes places next week in the beautiful authentic Sierra Nevada. The workshop is based around the south west of the Sierra Nevada Mountains National Park, the coastal region around Salobreña and the city of Granada.   The workshop offers a wide variety of exciting pictures taking opportunities in the real Spain. For example we will have a rare chance to see and photograph the culture and customs such as flamenco dance,Read more

ABC of CameraWork Course in Bath

I am looking forward to the ABC of CameraWork course in Bath on Saturday for members of Dorchester Camera Club. The one day ABC of CameraWork course will help you think about how your picture will look artistically and technically BEFORE you press the shutter. The ‘ABC’ of CameraWork course organises the fundamentals of good photographic practice and makes it accessible and memorable. An excellent blueprint for photographic advancement, so my clients say who have been on the course. SeeRead more

Courses availablity update

Places on the Courses and Workshops in Bridgend are going fast so if you are thinking of coming along next spring don’t hesitate to book now. See the following events on my website New one day courses in South Wales next year – An ABC of CameraWork Course in Cardiff. – A Lightroom for Beginners Course. – A Monochrome Photography Masterclass – a few places left. – A Monochrome Printing Masterclass – selling fast. It’s been a strange sort ofRead more

The digital monochrome print talk – again

I am off to hopefully sunny north Devon to give a talk at Barnstable CC this evening. This is a highly interactive talk as all mine are. I gave the same presentation at Bridgwater PS on Tuesday evening the audience asked a lot of interesting questions. I ended up only showing about half of the prints I had taken to show in the first half because the Q&A was going so well. The second half of the talk is aRead more

New Photo Society and Salon

I am one of the four founding members of a newly formed Photographic Society. The Avon Valley Photographic Society is an active learning society and promotes the development of photographic skills, experience, knowledge and participation. At an appropriate time I will post how you can get involved where ever you are in the world. AVPS has also introduced a new digital salon of photography opening for entries on the 1st of December 2014. It is the first International salon toRead more

Netham Park enhancement

Wild flowers in their environment, high rise flats in the background. Shallow depth of field at f2.8 to suggest shapes and let the viewer decide what the shapes are. Question Has anybody experience of getting raw files out of Aperture 3 and import them in to Lightroom 5? When trying to import these files directly in to Lr 5 the files are greyed out in the Mac finder?? A big hello to all the new followers of my blog thisRead more

I get by with a little help from my friends

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”  — Aristotle I am indebted to two friends for assistance with this post Rod Wainwright ARPS and Les Loosemore ARPS. Rod sent me the Aristotle quote and Les wrote to me about “the lens appropriately focussed on your next masterpiece”. When I thanked Rod for the quote I said I would have to think about an appropriate picture to go with the words. ThisRead more

My camera doesn’t understand me

Your camera does not know or understand you, what you want to say photographically, how you see, what you feel and think – it has NO visual and emotional intelligence. Sorry to say that it does not even love you. All it does is record the brightness of the light reflected on to the sensor. So perhaps some thought might be given to controlling the light recording box to enable an end result that is visually interesting and communicates withRead more

After Stieglitz

Last week I went to the V&A in London and saw their current photography exhibition. Part of the show explored the idea of modernism in photography. Alfred Stieglitz was the driving force behind the photo-succession in the US which put forward the idea that pictorial-ism was an old fashioned romantic idea largely based on the painting and not photography. Trees (right) – Forest of Dean 2006 (after Alfred Stieglitz 1912) is purposely very dark. The diagonal composition is a recurringRead more

Strangers on the shore

Bournemouth sea shore early evening. Post processing in Lightroom 5 and Color Efex Pro 4. The original idea was a warm tone picture with heavy film grain. However I feel the cool tone works well with this picture. You will probably need to make the picture bigger to see the grain by holding down the control key and scrolling the mouse wheel. Taken with a cheap 50mm f1.8 lens at f1.8 in fading light. As with all digital photography exposeRead more

Wild flower meadow

Finally the idea, timing and equipment came together. I had driven past this wild flower meadow three times thinking there are picture there. Yesterday afternoon I was on my way home from seeing a client with the right equipment, time and desire to stop and take pictures. I took 90 pictures in just ten minutes according to the metadata. The results are not a typical Andy Beel picture but perhaps an antidote to what’s going on around me at theRead more

New Fotospeed Platinum Etching Paper

My Sponsors Fotospeed have four new papers in the current product guide. I thought I would highlight the Fine Art Ink jet paper Platinum ETCHING 285 today. This matte paper is a newly developed fine art media made from 25% cotton and 75% Alpha Cellulose. With a state of the art inkjet coating and velvety texture, it gives the user sharpness, colour gamut and density second to none. Compatible with dye and pigmented inks. See The picture above isRead more