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

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

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

Every Picture tells a story

I will be giving my mono print talk called “Every picture tells a story” at the Rhondda Camera Club this evening. There are two places still available on the Lightroom 5 for Beginners course on the 21st Feb in Bridgend. See my website for details. My thanks to Gareth Martin for his local knowledge of the Port Talbot area where this picture was taken. The light wasn’t what I’d hoped for – far too contrasty. The right hand side ofRead more

Free Steelworks Shoot – all places taken

If you were thinking about coming along to Port Talbot for a free Photo Shoot with me, sorry all the places are allocated. The spot for this view of the steelworks isn’t very big and parking is a bit of a nightmare so the books are closed. However, I am doing an Intermediate ABC of CameraWork Course in Tiger Bay, Cardiff on the 24th Jan 2015. Click for details of the one day course. (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014Read 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

Evening Flight

The day at Slimbridge started out with good intentions – to take sharp pictures of birds in flight. A first for me. I found lots of ways of doing it wrong. This is a shot from the end of the day when the light had almost gone around 4.30pm. 70-200mm f2.8 IS lens + 1.4x Converter. Shutter speed 1/3 sec handheld, f 4.0, ISO 200, ICM (intentional camera movement – a new acronym on me, thank you, Elizabeth). The pointRead 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

Avon Valley Salon is open for entries

The new Avon Valley Salon of Photography is open for entries. This is the FIRST salon to have an international Triptych Section – your previous acceptances can be entered again as part of a triptych panel and receive a new acceptance for the panel. Why not have a go if you have not entered a salon before? The featured picture is from the penultimate shoot with Canon gear in Painswick Churchyard in Gloucestershire. I had forgotten I had takenRead 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

Newport Photographic Club

I am off to Newport to do a print only talk tonight called “Marvelous Monochrome”. For those of you who look at this picture full size which I recommend, you are not looking at camera noise but film grain put in to the mid tones and shadows with Silver Efex Pro 2. To the trained eye the two are totally different. The downside of this added feature to the picture is you need Photoshop to do the masking of whereRead 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

Master Photographers worry about appropriate lighting

You may think that the light is the light, because its all you have when you have your camera to hand. Time of day and year makes a huge difference to the direction and angle of light and hence its appropriateness to the picture. Think about the direction and quality of lighting and the shadows it will create in your pictures. The direction and quality of lighting is everything to a master photographer. Do you need to learn about theRead 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

Beach Huts

This weeks talk “The Digital Monochrome Print” is for the Worcester Camera Club Digital Group. See they meet on Thursday evenings. The featured picture is another from sunny Budleigh Salterton taken last week funnily enough called “Beach Huts”. Digital Lith Processing in Lightroom 5. I was mentioned in a post by FatMan about photographic composition a few days ago. See Here the composition of the shadows of the beach huts is tending towards minimal – hopefully the viewerRead more

A lighter camera bag

I am moving away from Canon who I have been using since going digital. I have decided rightly or wrongly to go with the Fuji X-T1 with the 18-135mm lens. The Fuji body and lens weigh about the same as the Canon 5DII body on its own without a lens. The 18-135mm lens was the deciding factor in the end, it has an 35mm equivalent zoom range of 28-200mm. With the Canon gear I use, I have a 24-105mm lensRead 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

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

Workshop recci success

This picture is a little taster for the lucky participants who join us on the FOTO Alpujarras Workshop in southern Spain between the 23rd – 28th April 2014. The picture on the right was taken last Saturday morning very near our hotel in Ogiva. The Hotel Purta Nazari is situated in the centre of the Alpujarras mountains. The workshop recci was a great success and to see a new gallery of pictures I took on the recci go to myRead more

Usable windows 8 goodnews

For those of you like me who finds the Windows 8 Interface totally baffling and irrelevant, I have good news for you. A soon to be client of mine, John told me about start8 – stardock which is the Windows 7 interface, the one with a Start button applied to Windows 8. See Apparently this little programme has had over 1 million downloads at $5 a time. I think I am going wrong somewhere! The picture above was takenRead more