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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  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 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 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  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

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 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

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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Learn How To Get Fast Depth of Field Results

Learn How To Get Fast Depth of Field Results On the Mastering Depth of Field in a day workshop I will be showing you how to get fast depth of field results. The planned Mastering Depth of Field Workshop has been given a new date. I believe my clients and I made a good...

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Stunning Street Photography With These 5 Ways

Here are some ways for you to do stunning street photography in a shorter space of time. Walking around with a camera in the street and taking the odd snap is the slow way to get results. This method could be called the how not get great results guide. Picture (c) by...

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See Like A Professional Try These Cool Tips-Part 1

See Like A Professional This is the first of two posts in the see like a professional series. There are many articles about photographic seeing available on the web and in print. The idea behind this article is to set out some of the wider fundamental thinking before...

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Learning To See The Light With These Hot Hints

An intuitive response It seems that there are some photographers who intuitively look and see the light within a picture. There are others who look and do not see the light. So, how if you are in the second group, can you teach yourself to see and recognise the light?...

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Easy Steps For Setting IR Black and White Points in Lightroom

Easy Tips For Setting The IR Black & White Points In Lightroom The IR Workshop  This feature shot was taken yesterday on the first of three How To Take Better IR Photos Workshops. The next workshop with places if you are interested is on the 11 September 2017 at...

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5 Easy Steps To Increase Impact With Your Tele Lens

5 Easy Steps to Increase Impact With Your Tele Lens The strength of a tele lens is it allows to fill the frame and remove visual distractions at the taking stage. Thus, increasing the overall impact of the shot. Always have in mind the saying “Use it or lose it”....

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Feedback from the Fuji Camera Users Workshop

A review of the Southwest Fuji Cameras Users Workshop A quick review of the Southwest Fuji Cameras Users Workshop held on Wednesday 12th July at National Trust property at Dyrham Park just north of Bristol and Bath.  "Just a note to thank you for a most enjoyable...

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FujiFilm XT-2 Firmware Upgrade History

Video with thanks to the FujiFilm The FujiFilm XT-2 Firmware Upgrade History XT-2 Firmware upgrade history update Ver.1.10 from Ver.1.00 incorporates the following issues: Tether shooting is available by USB connection. One of the application software below is...

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Ignore the picture background at your peril

Controlling backgrounds - Malaga harbour 2016 The reasons why - controlling picture backgrounds A picture has the potential to either sing or sag with the assistance of the background. For me, the background is a real make or break issue for a cohesive and integrated...

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Wide-angle Lens Workshop at the Big Pit Museum

A very brief report A good time was had by all at the first "How to get the most from a wide-angle lens" workshop at Blaenavon. Maybe you have a wide-angle lens and are not sure how to use it effectively. Here is a wide-angle lens workshop where you can pick up hot...

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How To Scan Glass Plate Negatives With Ease

How to scan glass plate negatives with ease The subject of this post is in response to a query by a client Lynn Buckley about my last post on retouching old photos. As a postscript Lynn went on to scan the negatives she had and the pictures were used in a...

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Harness The Power Of Picture Templates

Harness the power of picture templates We all carry around in our heads a set of photo templates (pre-visualisations) that are the subjects and compositions we use to take pictures. These templates form the backbone of our photography. It is important to recognise...

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Selecting pictures for your blog or website – 6 easy ways

Selecting pictures for your blog or website – Try these 6 easy ways   A Newspaper Picture Editors Role Imagine you are a newspaper picture editor, your job is to make a selection from all the pictures that are uploaded from photographers on the ground. They will...

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10 ways to get the best from your Smart Phone Camera

Photography is a combination of the technical and artistic both are needed to make a successful picture As we all know there has been a revolution in digital photography. Every new generation of mobile phones makes it easier to take pictures in more difficult...

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What’s In My Camera Bag?

What's in my camera bag? From the feature shot above I am very glad this is not a picture of my camera bag. To carry around all this gear for a day would put me in hospital with an aching back and shoulders. Who ever you are and of what age, you must be comfortable...

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Free Online Artistic Awareness Survey

Help is at hand - The Artistic Awareness Survey I have prepared a free online Artistic Awareness Survey to help you to discover and fix photography skills gaps. The survey starts out by asking you how good you are at basic camera skills. Then it progresses to pose...

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Read How David Made a Difference To His Photography

Understanding what is the difference that makes the difference David had retired early, his children had flown the nest, with time on his hands he regained his interest in photography that had started in school forty years before. He had a problem with his camera, it...

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New Ethiopia Galleries

The feature picture above was taken in Ethiopia about ten years ago. It has been included in a gallery along with other pictures from that time not published before. Visit the Gallery Quotable Quotes  "There is no passion to be found in playing small, in settling for...

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Andy Beel Adds New Website Updates

New Website Updates The new planned websites updates have finally come to fruition today. This has been a long process and will hopefully make the site easier to navigate and give viewer a better browsing experience. New: - Homepage - Portfolio - What's on - One day...

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