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5 Essential Windows Computer Maintenance Tips

5 Essential Windows Computer Maintenance Tips

Didcot Railway Centre Engine Shed Viltrox 85mm f18 lens. This is the first time I have used this lens in anger! in Program mode because it does not have an Aperture ring.   5 Essential Windows Computer Maintenance Tips   We all, by the nature of the beast that is...

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What’s in My Camera Bag?

What’s in My Camera Bag?

New Workshop Dates for 2021I am sure you are all urging to shake off the restrictions of 2020 and push your photography forward to new heights. I am delighted to announce new workshops and workshop dates for next year. Please take a look at the What's on When Page and...

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Top Tips on How to be a Bokeh Guru

Top Tips on How to be a Bokeh Guru

Shooting into the early evening light with a mirror lens in Bristol docks. Focusing on the foreground with a Samyang 300mm f6.3 lens in May 2016. I love these bokeh doughnuts and much better for you than the real thing! In this post Top Tips on How to be a Bokeh...

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10 Tips on How to Leave Things Out of a Picture

10 Tips on How to Leave Things Out of a Picture

Wells-next-the-Sea Allotments, North Norfolk January 2019   In contrast to the quite long blog posts of late, here is a pithier one to help with the making of minimally composed pictures. As ever, I try to make practical suggestions you can use. Hopefully, this...

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Aggressive Gunboat Diplomacy and New Painting Styles

Aggressive Gunboat Diplomacy and New Painting Styles

HMS Warrior, Britain’s first iron-hulled, armoured battleship. Launched in 1860, at a time of empire and Britain’s dominance in trade and industry, powered by steam and sail, she was the largest, fastest and most powerful warship of her day. Portsmouth August 2014....

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The Effective Lockdown Seeing Challenge

The Effective Lockdown Seeing Challenge

A highkey vertical shot of my shower curtain and loo roll. May 2020 51, 200 ISO, f1.4 & PB Filter. I previously did this bathroom seeing exercise in 2016 and this shot was not among the pictures taken then.     The Effective Lockdown Seeing Challenge   It has...

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Name one thing that changed your photographic life?

Name one thing that changed your photographic life?

Me playing my first good-ish guitar a Yamaha FG180 in the middle ’80s. I read today that this guitar model has acquired a cult status, not quite sure why it was not particularly expensive when new. The feature picture was chosen for its planned lack of respect for...

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How to scan glass plate or film negatives with ease

How to scan glass plate or film negatives with ease

A family photo from the early 1960s How to scan glass plate or film negatives with ease The first thing to say is – before you turn your scanner on, think about all the possible uses for the pictures that will be created from the scans. The long-suffering readers of...

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Do This to Escape Derivative Work Part 3

Do This to Escape Derivative Work Part 3

“I had another tough day at the office today dear!” Bournemouth March 2020. Samyang 85mm f1.4 lens. Lith over colour process.    Do This to Escape Derivative Work Part 3 Success requires failure!   “Failure is a success, If we learn from it.” Malcolm Forbes...

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Do This to Escape Derivative Work Part 2

Do This to Escape Derivative Work Part 2

New Harbour Lighthouse Holyhead February 2020. Fujifilm 100 - 400mm lens on a monopod in a howling gale via Storm Ciara.   Do This to Escape Derivative Work Part 2 "Sweetie, derivative is not a nice word to say"   In part 1 of this series, I discussed examples of...

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Do This To Escape Derivative Work Part 1

Do This To Escape Derivative Work Part 1

National Slate Museum Llanberis February 2020. 51,200 ISO, 35mm f1.4 lens. Predetermined extreme High ISO to place Noise in the Shadows and Mid-tones. Processed for the window light on the enamel cups. I love the further hints of the harsh environment these men worked...

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How Green Is My Valley?

How Green Is My Valley?

Drax Biomass and Coal Power Station South Yorkshire. January 2016. The owners plan to be coal free by 2025.   How Green Was My Valley? Climate change is in the news every day now without really looking for it. It's a topic that is hard to miss even for the chief...

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It’s About Tonal Contrast

It’s About Tonal Contrast

London Embankment Skateboarder – June 2016. 200 ISO, 1/8s, f11, Grain added in Photoshop with Silver Efex Pro 2. The feature picture is a 2020 interpretation of the digital negative, other earlier interpretations and the original are shown below.  It’s About Tonal...

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How Cassie Learned to Create Award-Winning Digital Pictures

How Cassie Learned to Create Award-Winning Digital Pictures

3x2 Crop Dungeness October 2009. Infrared capture, 3200 ISO, f16, 125/s. A good example of letting your digital negatives mature over a ten year period. Taken a bright day the dark rendering makes the picture work for me.   How Cassie Learned to Create...

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New Viltrox Prime Lenses With Auto Focus For APS-C Sensors

New Viltrox Prime Lenses With Auto Focus For APS-C Sensors

Murrays’ Mill, Ancoats, Manchester - December 2019. 11mm f333 Pinhole Lens 0.4s, 51,200 ISO - Handheld     Happy New Year  It's that time of year again to wish all insunderary a happy new year. So consider yourself wished from me!     New Viltrox...

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Preparing to Wave Adobe Goodbye 6

Preparing to Wave Adobe Goodbye 6

Raw Bank Petrol Pumps Yorkshire Dales on the Mono Take > Select > Edit Masterclass - see the 2020 dates I was last writing about this subject nearly a year ago. See the current penultimate post in the series hereI was alerted to thinking about potential...

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A Hierarchy of Photographic Importance

A Hierarchy of Photographic Importance

Refilling oil cans – Didcot Railway Centre – October 2019. Fujinon 8-16mm f2.8 lens taken on the recent Depth of Field workshop   In this post is - The Hierarchy of Photographic Importance, Talk and demonstration opportunities for your club, Inspiration – Black...

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Use These 6 Tips On How To Come Up With Photo Ideas Part 1 of 2

Use These 6 Tips On How To Come Up With Photo Ideas Part 1 of 2

"Blue sky thinking", meaning creative ideas that are not constrained by preconceptions.   This is the first part of a two-part series on how to come up with ideas. This is not a new line of enquiry a Google search on how to come up with ideas for art found about...

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12 Tips to Speed Up Digital Camera Capture Part 2

12 Tips to Speed Up Digital Camera Capture Part 2

Late again - New Brunswick 2010   The Reasons Why There are generally trade-offs to be considered when setting up your camera, particularly when you want to go to the limits its design specification. In this post, I am going to share with you some of my current...

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12 Tips to Speed Up Digital Camera Capture Part 1

12 Tips to Speed Up Digital Camera Capture Part 1

Late again - New Brunswick 2010 12 - 24mm lens   The Reasons Why Being ready for the shot The best camera in the world is of no use to you unless you are prepared and ready to take the shot. In the next series, I want to explore ways of speeding up digital camera...

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Where Is The picture? Part 3

Where Is The picture? Part 3

Spitalfields Teadance 2019 – Double Bass Player with no Crop. Samyang 85mm f1.4  200 ISO 1/35s f1.4  7th in a series of 11 shots. I love the high key effect; the post-processing issue is to get enough shadow detail without overpowering the highlights.     Part 3 -...

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Where Is The Picture Part 2

Where Is The Picture Part 2

Spitalfields Teadance 2019 – Double Bass Player with no Crop. Samyang 85mm f1.4  200 ISO 1/35s f1.4  7th in a series of 11 shots. I love the high key effect; the post-processing issue is to get enough shadow detail without overpowering the highlights.    Where Is The...

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Where is The Picture Part 1

Where is The Picture Part 1

Spitalfields Tea dance 2019 – Double Bass Player and Dancers   Where is the Picture? - Part 1  In this three-part series, I want to look at the fascinating subject of visual awareness and explore what I think and feel about why some photographers say “where is...

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Shoot Loose Crop Tight Part 2

Shoot Loose Crop Tight Part 2

Shoot Loose Crop Tight Part 2    If you missed part 1 of this mini-series it can be found here. In part 2 I will be looking at the following topics The artistic and technical reasons to a re-crop a picture The Lightroom Crop Tool Shoot Loose Crop Tight Good Crop...

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Shoot Loose Crop Tight Part 1

Shoot Loose Crop Tight Part 1

Chatterley Whitfield Colliery Stoke on Trent April 2019. The crop has enhanced the triangular compostion (bike, Chimmney & telegraph post) and lost some of the dead space on the left. I feel the original composition was ok but made sronger by the applied...

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A Relationship Between Respect and Resentment

A Relationship Between Respect and Resentment

Spitalfields Market Tea Dance June 2019 135mm, 200 ISO, f1.4, 1/6s handheld   A Relationship Between Respect and Resentment I have written a few times recently about my view that digital photography is too everything! By that, I mean sharp, contrasty and...

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Wisdom from Joe Cornish

Wisdom from Joe Cornish

Lloyds of London, Leadenhall St EC1 - 16mm f333 wide-angle pinhole lens, ISO 51,200, 1/40 s This blog post will look at:Photograhic journalsWise words from the English photographer Joe CornishThe new Texture Slider in Lightroom and ACRPointing a spotlight on my new...

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Easily and Quickly Create A Google My Map

Easily and Quickly Create A Google My Map

Google My Maps Planning I love maps. This post was prompted by the work I was doing last night in researching my local area of outstanding natural beauty. The Mendip Hills near me are usually somewhere I drive around to get to somewhere else of outstanding natural...

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Expand the vision and style of your clubs photographers

Expand the vision and style of your clubs photographers

  Expand the vision and style of your clubs photographers  Make positive changes for the better to their photography Interesting and entertaining club talks & demo’s how pictures are made and not just taken. A range of talks is offered on Mono and Colour...

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Booking Now For Next Seasons Talks

Booking Now For Next Seasons Talks

Eilean Donan Castle 2016   Booking Now For Next Seasons Talks    Talk and demonstration opportunities for your club Here is a list of the talks and demonstrations I offer camera clubs - FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO YOUR CLUB PROGRAMME SECRETARY IF YOU WANT ME TO VISIT...

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Quickly Make a Fotospeed Easybook

Quickly Make a Fotospeed Easybook

Foundry Workers Cottage Blaenavon February 2019 Fotospeed Easy Books A Fotospeed Easybook allows you to create a reusable portfolio album without additional tools or glue. You will have the ability to quickly and easily change the pictures. Easybooks are great for...

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How Acceptable Is Digital Sharpness To You?

How Acceptable Is Digital Sharpness To You?

Pictures from my daily walk "Flowers by a lamppost" January 2019 50mm F1.4 lens and a single layer of a plastic bag filter   Sharpness is not all it’s cracked up to be in photography Sharpness is not all it’s cracked up to be in photography as the f64 Group thought in...

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Club Talks and Demos for Next Season – Book Now

Club Talks and Demos for Next Season – Book Now

Ballintoy Harbour County Antrim NI January 2019   Talk and demonstration opportunities for your club Here is a list of the talks and demonstrations I offer camera clubs - FORWARD THIS EMAIL TO YOUR CLUB PROGRAMME SECRETARY IF YOU ME TO VISIT YOUR CLUB NEXT SEASON ...

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Experience comes from bad judgement

Experience comes from bad judgement

© Andy Beel FRPS December 2018. Appledore Lifeboat Slipway taken on the "What you need to do next is... workshop" The ABC of CameraWork The viewfinder workflow Back in 2011, I came up with an easily remembered mnemonic called The ABC of CameraWork to help...

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Stormy Monday Brings Photo Opportunities

Stormy Monday Brings Photo Opportunities

Bude beach huts and flowers in the wind - December 2018    Review of “What You Need To Do Next Is…” Workshop My kind of afternoon - Camelot Hotel, Tintagel December 2018 The over-riding memory I will have of the “what you need to do next is…” workshop in 2018 is...

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Just enough light is all you need

Just enough light is all you need

Paola of the El Centro Flamenco Dance Studio in Capileira, Andalucía   "Just enough light is all you need" Andy Beel FRPS   El Chorrillo - Baños De Sierra Alhamilla   A quick review of the “How to see photographically” workshop in Andalucía run last...

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Excellent Christmas Presents For Passionate Photographers

Excellent Christmas Presents For Passionate Photographers

Fish & Chips London Embankment November 2018   Excellent Christmas Presents For Passionate and Purposeful Photographers   A wealth of digital knowledge and interpretation is presented in The Dark Art Printing Manual “I have a huge book collection and I like...

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“Originality is nothing but… 2

“Originality is nothing but… 2

Snowdonia Monochrome Masterclass October 2018 Originality 2 - the 4 S’s of Creativity Following on from last week’s post about the 4 S’s Creative Funnel I thought I would extend the information available giving you some pointers on how to start the process. Sieve and...

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“Originality Is Nothing But…

“Originality Is Nothing But…

 “Originality is nothing but judicious imitation”  Voltaire The 4 S’s Creativity Funnel We can think of the generation and filtering of ideas as like using a garden sieve and funnel. A sieve has a mesh size that only passes an acceptable or wanted size of gravel. The...

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The first condition of progress is…

The first condition of progress is…

“The first condition of progress is the removal of censorship.” George Bernard Shaw Scotland in the rain of December 2005, this picture was selected on the basis of the George Bernard Shaw quote above / below. The censored approach would say the unprocessed file is...

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Be Passionate About Your Photography

Be Passionate About Your Photography

Lisette Model – The passionate street photographer who taught Diane Arbus Model helped Arbus find the confidence to make the photographs she wanted to but was unsure she should: penetrating portraits of people at the fringes of society and those she encountered on the...

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Ask Questions, Not Answer Them

Ask Questions, Not Answer Them

Above - The finished picture converted to B&W and split-toned in Lightroom Left - As taken Right - Converted to B&W with no other enhancements This blog post contains a variety of different things currently buzzing round in the back of my head. They aren’t in...

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Education is the most powerful weapon

Education is the most powerful weapon

Learn, Grow and Express yourself "Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." Nelson Mandela Is your photography moving forward and changing over time?   A great example is a comparison between two composers you might have heard...

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How to see photographically workshop

How to see photographically workshop

How to see photographically workshop   Date – 26 November – 2 December 2018 2 places available Here is a great chance to be in the learning-zone to boost your photographic skills and knowledge. This very well received photographic seeing workshop is being offered at...

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Straightforward strategies for more communicative pictures

Straightforward strategies for more communicative pictures

Communicative and authentic picture making   Here is an experience embedding exercise from the chapter on Attraction in The ABC manual of CameraWork – How to see photographically. Make a list of aspects of your photography that are important to you and why, which you...

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3 Essential tips for continuing your photography

3 Essential tips for continuing your photography

3 Essential tips for continuing your photography Once the photography bug bites it is difficult to shake it off and you will want to continue your hobby or profession for as long as you can. In this post, I’m going to talk about some of the essential aspects of your...

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Practice Authentic Seeing Without a Camera

Practice Authentic Seeing Without a Camera

Significant seeing I would suggest that every photographer has a basic desire to get past the act of cursory looking and begin to see what is significant to them. The subject matter and genre make no difference. If you want your pictures to be personal and authentic...

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Try My New Free Online Pro Review Service

Try My New Free Online Pro Review Service

Iron Foundry Workers Bedroom Blaenavon 2017 Try My New Free Online Pro Review  I have just launched a new service I am offering you a free online pro review this is an opportunity to get my professional insights into your work and how you can make changes for the...

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10 Hot Hints – Add Impact To Club Competition Photos

10 Hot Hints – Add Impact To Club Competition Photos

How To Add impact to competition photos. You are a camera club photographer and you have put your best picture into the latest competition. Your latest entry gives you high hopes of an award. Judging night comes and the judges’ comments are not as expected. As a judge...

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Try This Escape Route To First-Rate Photography

Try This Escape Route To First-Rate Photography

Your escape route If you are seeking an escape route from your current way of making photographs here are a few thoughts to help you successfully move forward. I will not try to pacify you by saying that the journey to first-rate photography is quick, simple or easy...

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Easy Digital Pinhole Photography

Easy Digital Pinhole Photography

The reason why - perfection is not all its cracked up to be I am not convinced that straight photography as promoted by Alfred Steichen and Edward Weston of the f64 Group fame in 1932 is the only true faith. Their raison detre was that the main difference between...

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Try These Tips For Planning A Landscape Shoot

Try These Tips For Planning A Landscape Shoot

Blaen y Glyn Uchaf - Bannau Brycheiniog May 2018   Try these tips for planning a landscape shoot Landscape photography is a classic subject of the photographic genre with much written online and in books. In this post, I’m going to concentrate on how to plan a...

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Cameras do not make photographs’

Cameras do not make photographs’

Cameras do not make photographs’ In this post, I will be briefly looking at the truth behind the statement "cameras do not make photographs’." Your highly expensive camera does not know you or love you. You can accurately think for your camera but it can only guess at...

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The Secrets of Shadows

The Secrets of Shadows

The Deep Secret of Shadows  The Feature Picture Above Here on the right is the starting point for the picture of the harbour walls at Porthgain in Pembrokeshire "It is not where you start that is important, but where you finish". This shot was taken on the residential...

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Behind the shot 1 – Legacy Lenses

Behind the shot 1 – Legacy Lenses

Behind the shot – Legacy Lenses This ancient looking picture of the Bristol Tobacco Bond A Warehouse was taken last Sunday. The idea behind the picture was to marry the foreground and background together. The foreground is two of the struts on the Ashton Avenue Bridge...

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Fujifilm UK featured photographer of the week

Fujifilm UK featured photographer of the week

Fujifilm featured photographer of the week I am delighted to announce Fujifilm has selected my work to promote their brand and values across all social media platforms for the week commencing 23 April 2018. There will be a daily post for the week spotlighting a...

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When do you need film or digital capture?

When do you need film or digital capture?

When do you need film or digital capture? Depending on your photographic vision and intent there may be the opportunity to consider the artistic value of film capture. This post looks at some of the artistic and craft reason why digital may not entirely satisfy you....

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Try These Tips For Selecting Pictures – Part 2

Try These Tips For Selecting Pictures – Part 2

Try These Tips For Selecting Pictures - Part 2 Photography is the art of communication. To extend that thought a photograph is a direct act of communication, you the photographer are the viewer's eyes.  See part one of this series “How to select pictures for your blog...

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How to create the perception of depth in your prints

How to create the perception of depth in your prints

The Perception of Depth  Here is a technique that is suitable for both colour and black and white pictures. In this post, we will be looking at how to create the perception of depth in a picture firstly by choosing images that are suitable for the treatment and...

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Read My Thoughts From West Sussex

Read My Thoughts From West Sussex

Last week I spent a few days down in West Sussex around Chichester. The great attraction for me in the area is Chichester Harbour with all its creeks and inlets. The most famous of all these locations is the village of Bosham with its iconic church spire. The previous...

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The Final Act Of Photography Is The Print

The Final Act Of Photography Is The Print

A print in the hand is worth two on the screen I greatly value the sponsorship I have received from Fotospeed over the past 11 years. Fotospeed has a philosophy of continuous product development and customer service that is unrivalled. The whole team at Fotospeed are...

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Alert New Fujifilm X-H1 Camera Body

Alert New Fujifilm X-H1 Camera Body

New Fujifilm X-H1 Camera Alert I have taken the plunge and now have the Fujifilm X-H1 body mainly for its In-Body Image Stabilisation (IBIS) capability. As many Fujifilm camera users will know, Fujifilm does not build OIS into prime lenses, only some zooms. Just...

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See Like A Professional Try These Cool Tips – Part 2

See Like A Professional Try These Cool Tips – Part 2

Sea swimming Pool Cliftonville February 2018 - Frame 2 of 14 This is the second of two posts in the "See Like A Professional" series. In the first post we looked at the following topics: Bad pictures are good, Shoot fewer frames of more subjects or shoot more frames...

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How To Insert Motivational Hints In Lightroom

How To Insert Motivational Hints In Lightroom

Cuckmere River - late winter afternoon 2014 How to insert motivational hints in Lightroom  Note in the Screen Grab below the Identity Plate Editor has been used to change the text from "Lightroom Classic" to "What the is the highest potential - Is this the best you...

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The Craft of Photographic Seeing

The Craft of Photographic Seeing

The Craft of Photographic Seeing Workshop  Only 2 places available Andalucia – Ronda, Seville & Cadiz  4 – 11 February 2018  Benefits Learn and embed the craft of photographic seeing Feel valued in a small group tailored to meet your specific needs Rapid...

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Preparing to Wave Adobe Goodbye 5

Preparing to Wave Adobe Goodbye 5

Porthgain - Pembrokeshire February 2017 - taken during the Photo Seeing Workshop.  Preparing To Wave Adobe Goodbye 5 For those of you interested in the potential of the On 1 Photo Raw software to replace Lightroom Classic in the future here is a link to the On1 blog....

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The Art of Photographic Composition Workshop

The Art of Photographic Composition Workshop

The Art of Photographic Composition Workshop How well do you understand and use Composition techniques? The Infographic below sets out the progressive knowledge and skill base of an expert photographer. Would like help to make your compositions more dynamic?  ...

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Preparing To Wave Adobe Goodbye 4

Preparing To Wave Adobe Goodbye 4

Preparing To Wave Adobe Goodbye 4 Preparing to wave goodbye to Adobe 4  This is an update to Preparing to wave goodbye to Adobe 3. Adobe has issued its last update for the standalone product Lightroom 6. For anybody wishing to purchase this last version of Lightroom...

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Merry Christmas From Andy Beel

Merry Christmas From Andy Beel

A Merry Messy Christmas From Andy Beel You may also like these Encouraging Articles... A Understanding the reason for taking a picture and sharing it B Any picture will either sings or sag depending on the background Breaking the imaginary link between the file and...

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How To Make A Digital Lith Print

How To Make A Digital Lith Print

How To Make A Digital Lith Print Inspiration Inspiration in photography can come from a variety of different sources. The inspiration for today's blog feature picture was gained from the last post I put on Instagram. A picture taken earlier this year in southern Spain...

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Visit the Spike Island Exhibition

Visit the Spike Island Exhibition

Picture (C) Peter Brisley ARPS   Spike Island - Bristol A photographic essay by Peter Brisley, Tony Copper and Gordon James at The Create Centre until Friday 5th January. Create Centre, Smeaton Road, Spike Island, Bristol BS1 6XN You may also like...

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Get New Insights With These Photography Workshops

Get New Insights With These Photography Workshops

 Get New Insights With These Photography Workshops The Art of Photographic Composition Workshop £799.00 St Davids – Pembrokeshire Mon 29 Jan – Fri 2 Feb 2018 Highlights Open a door to expressive seeing and composition Gain fresh new insights Excellent for both colour...

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Normal Service has been resumed

Normal Service has been resumed

Normal Service has been resumed Apologies to those of you who tried to view the website over the weekend the technical glitch has been fixed. Being a bear of very little brain it would overtax my brain cell to explain what went wrong and why. Normal service has been...

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Try 10 Easy ABC of CameraWork Photo Selection Tips

Try 10 Easy ABC of CameraWork Photo Selection Tips

Try 10 Easy ABC of CameraWork Photo Selection Tips In a world where we all take far more pictures than we ever did five years ago, we have so many choices to make when it comes to selecting pictures to edit. In his blog post, I will be looking at the criteria for...

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What’s new in the XT-2 Firmware 3.00 update?

What’s new in the XT-2 Firmware 3.00 update?

XT-2 Firmware Update Version 3.00 - Easy Overexposure Warnings   The new highlight overexposure features in this firmware update caught my eye. For the first time for the XT-2 you can see which pixels have reached 100% brightness before committing to the shot....

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What Is An Aspiring Photographers Problem?

What Is An Aspiring Photographers Problem?

Q. What Is An Aspiring Photographers Problem? A. Not enough time in The Learning Zone  High-risk performance zones We spend much of our lives in a high-risk performance zone, we are doing what we normally do to make a picture. In order to improve any photographic...

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No More Duplicate Emails

No More Duplicate Emails

No More Duplicate Emails  No more multiple blog post notification emails  Hopefully, this is the last of my blog posts where some email subscribers receive multiple emails containing the same post. The New Process  The Wordpress and Mailchimp databases will be...

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Shadows are the soul of a black and white print

Shadows are the soul of a black and white print

 Castle Combe Golf Course 2014 Shadows are the soul of a black and white print Photography is not about photography as a subject matter.Black and white photography is not about taking pretty colour out. Black and white photography is principally about directional...

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The Image Circle Exhibition Chichester

The Image Circle Exhibition Chichester

The Image Circle Exhibition Chichester 14 - 19 November 2017 10.00 - 16.30 The Oxmarket Centre of Arts Chichester PO19 1YH theimagecircle.com Picture (c) Alan Frost ARPS 2017 Click here to receive my Newsletter and be the first to receive offers, advice and...

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Master Photographers Worry About Appropriate Lighting

Master Photographers Worry About Appropriate Lighting

Master Photographers Worry About Appropriate Lighting The direction and quality of lighting is everything to a master photographer You may think 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...

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How to See Photographically Workshop

How to See Photographically Workshop

How To See Photographically Workshop For those of you who have not booked to come on the How to See Photographically workshop in Andalucia next week the feature picture above is a typical after breakfast shot. These shots are typically taken at about 8.55 am...

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Preparing To Wave Adobe Goodbye3

Preparing To Wave Adobe Goodbye3

Sheltering from the rain - Scheveningen, The Netherlands 2013    Preparing To Wave Adobe Goodbye 3 Now that the fury has calmed down about the direction of Lightroom, it is now possible to see the wood for the trees. In my last post on this subject, I gave a...

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New Pocket-able Camera

New Pocket-able Camera

New Pocket-able Camera  Love hate relationship I have always had a love-hate relationship with compact pocket-able cameras. I have tried three or four different cameras over the years and with each one I have grown to loathe them with equal contempt. The compact that...

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How To See Photographically – Extra Free Day

How To See Photographically – Extra Free Day

How To See Photographically Workshop - Extra Free Day Extra Free Day  Tomorrow Tuesday 24th Oct I am doing an extra free day included in the cost of the How to See Photograph Workshop in Spain. The Learn Grow Express Workshops are based on the ABC of Camerawork...

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Preparing To Wave Adobe Goodbye2

Preparing To Wave Adobe Goodbye2

Preparing to Wave Adobe Goodbye 2    The panic is over for now. The classic version of Lightroom does NOT require you to upload pictures to the cloud. Update  My thanks go out to those of you who responded with comments on the first post in this series. Special...

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Preparing To Wave Adobe Goodbye1

Preparing To Wave Adobe Goodbye1

Preparing to Wave Adobe Goodbye 1   Adobe is one of the most profitable companies on the planet turning over a massive 5.8 Billion USD in 2016. The turnover in 2015 was 4.8 Billion. The companies income rose by 21% after the introduction of the Creative Cloud...

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6 Must-Have Photographer Skills 

6 Must-Have Photographer Skills 

6 Must-Have Photographer Skills  To be a good photographer requires you to be at one with your camera. There is a seamless connection between awareness and intuition that effortlessly allows you to set your camera to record the picture. This post focuses on the camera...

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Skogafoss Iceland – Staying dry?

Skogafoss Iceland – Staying dry?

Skogafoss - Iceland  After returning to Iceland seven years after my first visit I was most struck by the increase in the number of tourists mainly from south-east Asia. If you are the type of photographer who does not want people in your...

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An Icelandic Trip – The Highlands and South Coast

An Icelandic Trip – The Highlands and South Coast

An Icelandic Trip - The Highlands and South Coast I have just returned from a 12 day trip in the south of Iceland as those of you who follow me on Instagram will know. The trip included the spectacular Icelandic Highlands where a 4x4 vehicle is necessary to cross the...

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Wide-angle Workshop – St Fagans

Wide-angle Workshop – St Fagans

Wide-angle Workshop at St Fagans The location for last week's wide-angle workshop had to be quickly amended as The Big Pit Museum was closed for the day we planned to go. The chosen new location was the St Fagans Museum just the west of Cardiff. The feature shot above...

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On Being a Photographer – a Practical Guide

On Being a Photographer – a Practical Guide

On Being a Photographer - a practical guide  Dear Andy, "I forgot to add the other day that the David Hurn book (On being a photographer - a practical guide) is a real discovery for me - quite the best and the most quietly inspiring book I have read on photography so...

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Please Follow Me On My New Instagram Page

Please Follow Me On My New Instagram Page

My New Instagram Page  To make life easier for you to see my pictures I have started an Instagram page. The page address is https://www.instagram.com/andybeelfrps/ The page is populated with pictures so it will be worth taking a look. Please follow me on Instagram,...

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Depth of Field Workshop – Update

Depth of Field Workshop – Update

Depth of Field Workshop - Update A good time was had by all at the Master Depth of Field (DoF) Workshop held at Didcot Railway Centre yesterday. The weather was good not too: cold, hot, windy, bright or dull! The Workshop focused on the 4 levers that control DoF. Many...

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Fotofest 2017 Open For Bookings Now

Fotofest 2017 Open For Bookings Now

Fotospeed are delighted to bring together 4 world-renowned photographers for a day of talks Sunday 10th September 2017 at the EDGE, University of Bath Following on from the success of 2016 Fotospeed are thrilled to host FotoFest 2017 at a new...

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