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

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

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

Course availability update

Photo Masterclass and Printing Masterclass next Spring in South Wales – fully booked. Get a 10% discount when booking the ABC of CameraWork Course and the Lightroom Beginners course together. There are still places available on the one day Intermediate ABC of CameraWork Course in Cardiff on the 26th January 2015. Why is the ABC of CameraWork course relevant to photographers of all levels of experience? – There are three courses levels Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced – The knowledge andRead 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

Lest we forget

Here is a shot I took before the one day ABC of CameraWork Course on the first of November, in Bath Abbey Courtyard – called “Lest we forget”. Best viewed full size. I didn’t take very many pictures that day because I was concentrating on the group of participants I was leading, not on my own photography. I will be updating my website and blog with pictures taken by the participants on the course shortly. In the main I workRead 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

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

How to automatically select pictures in Lightroom

The digital age of photography means that there is a proliferation of frames taken suggests that its easy to forget what you have done and not take the picture to it’s rightful conclusion. In my case taken to conclusion might mean that a picture ends up here on my blog, on my website, as an A3 sized print or an A2 sized print if the picture is exceptional. To help me bring order to the editing process I use variousRead 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


Photography is essentially drawing with light. Every type of light – hard, soft, damp, wet – has a suitable photographic subject and situation. The point is – is the light you have appropriate for the picture you are making? When thinking about making a picture I consider the time and place to get the light that I need for the picture I am making. Pictures are made – (thought about and planned), not just taken. The picture above – BathRead more

Wild Flower Meadow 2 – to suggest is to create

I am getting the hang of colour photography now, the inoculations really helped! I was asked by Fat Man if my mono photography has gone? Below is my reply to his question. Mono hasn’t gone its just that I have found ways to explore colour. I’ve had Color Efex Pro for years and never opened it, when I did, I found it worked completely differently to Silver Efex. So I left it. Then I watched a not very good ColorRead more

9999 Frames

Remember when DSlr’s were very slow to boot up and focus? This shot was taken in 2004 with my then new Canon 20D. The first digital camera I had that worked semi-like it was supposed to. So who are Anna and Jack in the picture on the right, are they a real couple, are they still together, why are their names carved in to the stone paving in Millennium Square in Bristol? In the ten years since I have hadRead more

Leaving things out

Photographic composition or designing a picture, is really as simple as deciding what to leave out of the frame preferably at the taking stage. I will say it again “use it or lose it, when composing a picture”. So here I choose to leave out the house roof tops in the background by not including them in the picture as it was taken. In the processing I have chosen a letterbox aspect ratio for the picture of 6×17 to furtherRead more

Infra-red inspiration

In the past week I have had cause to talk about infra-red photography three times. So feeling inspired after re-reading a book called “Infra-red Photography – a complete workshop guide” by my good friend Hugh Milsom MFIAP I thought I would have a go. The book is about film based IR photography but with lots of tips and great portfolios of pictures. As there was strong directional lighting yesterday evening I took my IR converted camera body to an areaRead more

Use it or loose it

When composing pictures there is a truism that all photographers should cling on to for dear life. Use or loose it. I tend not to include skies in my pictures unless they add something to the composition. Here I have used the brightest area of the sky to create a virtual triangle of composition between the bicycles, wind turbine and Sky, the three dominate areas of brightness in the picture. (c) Andy Beel FRPS 2014 more

3 Top tips for great landscape photos from a pro

Three top tips for landscapes 1 – Record the quality and direction of the lighting not the subject – be patient and persistent. Understand what is it that attracts you to record and present the subject matter to a viewer. It’s said that amateurs worry about equipment, professionals worry about the fee, and masters consider the light. 2 – Create the impression of depth with the foreground in focus and the background out of focus by using a wide aperture.Read more

Richmond Bicycle Repair Man

This shot was taken on a two day Pixels to Print workshop I ran in Richmond, London last week. I was inside the shop at Active Cycles on Mortlake Road with a 24mm lens at f4. On the workshop we were looking at depth of field and the four controlling factors: Sensor size, lens focal length, Aperture and distance to the subject. If you are interested in photographing strangers but are a little nervous about approaching them see the Read more