A Digital Black and White Photography Specialist

Andy Beel FRPS

Intro to Photo Composition

30 Jan 2020 – Wells

Discover 5 vital things you must know and do when composing

“Composition is the art of leaving things out”

Make the most of your WA Lens

10 Mar 2020 – Big Pit Museum

Gain new skills and confidence with your wide-angle lens

A great industrial setting

Introduction to Photographic Seeing

06 Feb 2020 – Bristol Harbour

Learn how to see like an expressive photographer

Discover Attraction and Composition

The Art of Composition

16 – 20 Mar 2020 – Pembrokeshire

Gain new seeing and composing skills 

A fantastic rural setting

Snowdonia Mono Masterclass

28 Feb – 03 Mar 2020 

Learn how to see like an expressive photographer

Discover Attraction and Composition

Mono Take Select Edit Workshop

20 – 24 April 2020 – Wensleydale

Learn how to understand the photo workflow from camera to print

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The Learning Zone

The  Learn  >  Grow  >  Express Programme (LGE)

Choose from our professional black and white photography masterclasses and workshops to help turn the most ordinary and uninspiring of subjects into photographic gold.

Andy Beel FRPS has over 30 years of Black and White Photography skills, tips and secrets to share with you.

LGE Intro Workshops

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LGE Introduction Workshops allow you to discover the essential artistic and technical skills of an expressive photographer.

LGE Workshops

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Embed the art and craft of photography within your photographic practice with the LGE residential Workshops

LGE Masterclasses


Residential LGE Masterclasses support passion, creativity and individualism on your path to developing vision and style.

“Pictures are taken, photographs are made”


Andy Beel FRPS

The lonliness of the long distance runner – November 2019 


Above – Raw Bank, Yorkshire Dales 8-16mm f 2.8 lens 1/20s ISO 5000, with Lith post-processing in Lightroom CC Classic. Frame 12 of 13

Left – Before, exactly as taken

Right – A dark and moody mono version with contrast and vitality



“Put vision and style into your pictures with The LGE Programme”

Discover what clients and workshop participants are saying

“Andy Beel FRPS is an acknowledged virtuoso in monochrome photography. This makes for very powerful pictures – he leaves the viewer no doubt as to the centre of attention of the picture.

If there is one word which is not appropriate to any of Andy’s work that is “bland”.”

Storrington Camera Club – Sussex

Andy Beel has what he himself described as ‘unconscious competence’ which comes from the synthesis of photographic craft with pure experience. 

He appears to work simply and easily, as all great artists do, but the rest of us have many more hours yet to put in before we achieve anything like his ‘unconscious competence’.

Hilary Britland, Backwell

“Before the one-day seeing workshop, Andy sent me a copy of his ABC of Camera Work Manual which I found to be a very comprehensive introduction to photography. Even though I am a reasonably experienced amateur I found the manual helpful in going back to basics but also introducing me to some new ideas as well as including a number of practical exercises, one of which concerned using different apertures with focal length lenses and led to a discovery for me.”
 Steve Jupp, Lympstone, Devon

“I just wanted to let you know that I am absolutely delighted with my recent purchase of your book ‘The Dark Art’.”

James Taylor – Huddersfield

“I really enjoyed Thursday finding the day quite intense and thoughtfully constructed to specifically suit my needs. I really felt as if the session was bespoke rather than something “off the shelf.  

I would definitely use Andy again to coach me on other aspects of the photographic process.”

John Crozier – Bodmin Moor

Make your best even better with Andy Beel


The Dark Art – A Black And White Digital Printing Manual.

How many times have you looked at a stunning print and thought, I wish I could print like that?  Now, you can.

The ABC of CameraWork Manual – How to see photographically. Know what your picture will look like before pressing the shutter. Read the reviews here.

Workshop leader

Andy exclusively provides educational introduction days, workshops and masterclasses in digital black and white photography.

Distinctions advice

Distinctions advice may be the difference between success and failure. Three reasons my approach will make you more successful”.

Firstly, the criteria are fully understood.

Second, the panel is planned to meet the acceptance criteria.

Third, the pictures are combinations of ideas that look beyond the subject matter.

Camera club talks and demonstrations

As an established lecturer on the photographic club and society circuit, Andy enjoys a reputation for producing thought-provoking black and white pictures printed in a dark and gritty style.

This entertaining and knowledgeable photographer is enthusiastic to pass on his detailed knowledge of producing exhibition quality digital black and white prints.

“Very much enjoyed your talk at the Grimsby Photographic Society. Opened my eyes on a few topics. Thank you.”

Roo Rushton – Grimsby 

I would like to thank you for the presentation on Monday at Webheath.  I have had several members feedback how much they enjoyed seeing your prints; there certainly is a very obvious Andy Beel look to them all.  

The talk has given some inspiration to us as a club and we will be looking at how we can use the styling, processing  and composition that you talked about as one of our assignments next year.

Graham – Webheath CC

Online picture reviews

In a Skype critique session, Andy will explore with you, your photographic practice regarding the taking and making of digital pictures. He will openly share his detailed insights and knowledge of the black and white printmaking process.

You will be inspired and enthused to progress to new heights of competence.

“You certainly proved that excellence developed in image capture on film, with processing and printing using traditional darkroom techniques could be applied to digital capture, post-processing and printing with equally excellent results.”

Jeff – Bracknell Camera Club

121 Tuition

You too will benefit from Andy’s advanced digital darkroom skills when you book a bespoke 121 session. The enjoyable 121 takes place in your own home with your own equipment. You will learn new techniques and ideas at your at your own pace.

“I am more than happy to openly share my insights and perspectives on the taking and making of black and white pictures with you”.

Andy Beel FRPS

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