What will I learn on the Snowdonia Mono Masterclass?
The objective of the Snowdonia Mono Masterclass is to inspire and inform. The benefits of the masterclass for you will be a better understanding of what you want to say photographically and how to tell it effectively. You will be inspired and enabled to express yourself clearly as a photographer.
Before the Masterclass
The Masterclass Manual
Andy will send you a free copy of the ABC of CameraWork Manual shortly after you sign up for the masterclass. The purpose of sending you the manual before the masterclass is so that you can familiarise yourself with the ideas to be put into practice on the masterclass.
It is also highly recommended that you read the manual more than once.
It must be said that the aim of the masterclass is not to cover every aspect of seeing discussed in the ABC of CameraWork Manual.
The Complimentary Introduction Workshop
On the 21 October 2017 I am offering a free workshop introduction day to be held in Georgian Bath. The introduction day will give you insight into the ABC of CameraWork method of seeing, to enable you to make the most of your time in Snowdonia.
Warm up Exercise
Have a think about the role of the photographer and try to reduce it to three bullet points or less!
The Snowdonia Mono Masterclass is in three parts
1 The Viewfinder Tutorial
- Use of the camera viewfinder – The Advanced ABC of CameraWork
- Ways of improving seeing skills
- Based on the ABC of CameraWork Manual by Andy Beel
The viewfinder tutorial is based on the advanced ABC of CameraWork method of seeing. You will receive a copy of The ABC of CameraWork Manual before the Masterclass to study and familiarise yourself with the topics to be presented on the masterclass. The ABC of CameraWork sessions will be early in the week, giving you the opportunity to practice the ABC of CameraWork method of seeing, and to receive constructive feedback.
Also included in the cost of the Snowdonia Mono Masterclass is a one-day LGE Introduction to Photographic Seeing in Georgian Bath that you will hopefully attend before the masterclass. The date for the free one-day ABC course in Bristol is Saturday 21 October 2017.
2 Taking pictures in the magnificent Snowdonia National Park
The sheer variety of subject matter on offer in Snowdonia is a wonder in itself. Everything from the close-in landscape to giant vistas along with lakes, railways, slate quarries, waterfalls, outdoor sports, trees and of course plenty of sheep all in close-proximity to each other. This means that we are never very far from a picture shoot with long travel times. In the mountains, the weather and light will be changeable offering the expressive photographer a wide range of opportunities in a short space of time.
3 Picture Reviews
Picture reviews are an essential part of the learning process for you. The carefully selected picture locations are a bonus but not the be all and end all of the masterclass. If you are to progress as an expressive photographer, the picture reviews are there to provide positive feedback on how well you have understood and achieved the artistic or technical topic discussed earlier in the tutorial. Picture reviews will be carried out quickly and easily using a large image to critique.
You will have the opportunity to take pictures like these on the
Snowdonia Mono Masterclass
A Case Study
How Cassie Learned To Create Award Winning Digital Pictures
Cassie is a young professional living in Weybridge, Surrey. Her work takes her to the far east as a Civil Engineer. For the short periods of time when she is at home she lives with her parents. She has been interested in photography from her mid-teens and at school she had access to the school darkroom where she eagerly soaked up all the information on printing she could find.
Read more about Cassie's transformation
She readily says her prints weren’t great at that time but they gave her the satisfaction of learning the art and craft of darkroom printing. “There is something magical in seeing the print emerge from the paper as the developer tray is gently rocked in the dim glow of the red darkroom safe light” she says. Due to pressures of study Cassie lost contact with black and white photography for a few years. Now that she is established in a stable but hectic job she occasionally has the opportunity to take digital pictures that she displays in frames around her office.
On reflection, there was always a nagging doubt that the digital prints coming out of her Canon A3 Inkjet printer did not have the same look and depth as the prints she had made before in the darkroom. Cassie knows that the paper and ink technology is capable of great prints. She sees the stunning work others are producing but that satisfaction was eluding her. After a time Cassie decided to take two courses of action. Firstly to upgrade her digital printing skills with the aim of making digital prints with the quality of the darkroom process and secondly, if that was not possible, to return to film photography.
Afon Llugwy Wood – Snowdonia
After an interchange of emails, Cassie enthusiastically booked herself onto the Mono Masterclass in Snowdonia. After the booking was made Andy sent her a copy of the textbook for the masterclass – The Dark Art – A Digital Black and White Printing Manual by Andy Beel, which Cassie studied as best she could between work and a social life.
When the Masterclass came around later in the year, Cassie was excited to meet the other participants and found they all had roughly the same desire to make their best efforts with digital mono printing even better with the help of bespoke training and insights from a leader in the field. The masterclass gave Cassie the confidence to use Lightroom and Photoshop as tools that she had control over to bring about what she saw and felt at the time of taking the picture. The masterclass was a steep learning curve that was made easier and more enjoyable because she had the opportunity to read the textbook before the event. The days of muddy black and white prints are over.
Passion and vision
Cassie now has the passion, vision and style to make prints that express her personality on a piece of photo printing paper. Cassie joined London Independent Photography http://www.londonphotography.org.uk/ where her work is well accepted and has won the occasional award in their annual exhibition when she has the time and energy to make the prints and enter. Thanks to Andy Beel her best was made even better when given the opportunity to learn, grow and express herself.
The critiquing sessions were invaluable and I think we all benefited from seeing examples of each others work. I am sure all of us discovered something new in Lightroom and how this could be applied to our post processing workflow in the future. All in all an excellent week on so many levels and for me the size of the group was just perfect, particularly as we could all get around in one vehicle.”
Alan Frost ARPS
The Snowdonia Mono Masterclass at a glance
Andy is staying at the Tyn-y-Coed Inn (pronounced Tinny-e-Coed) near Capel Curig on the A5. The 4 star Grade Inn has 14 bedrooms tastefully furnished, and each has a bath or shower room, television, phone with data sockets, hairdryer and hot drinks tray. See http://www.tyn-y-coed.co.uk/ for further details and making your own booking arrangements. BOOK EARLY TO AVOID THE HOTEL BEING FULLY BOOKED WITH OTHER GUESTS Should you choose not to stay at the Tyn-y-Coed Inn for the duration of the workshop, there is other accommodation available in Capel Curig area http://www.bryntyrchinn.co.uk/index.php
Excluded from the cost
- Transport to Snowdonia
- Meals, Drinks, Refreshments
Dates and Times
4 Nights / 5 Days Starting at 3 pm on 23 October, the masterclass concludes at lunchtime on the 27 October 2017.
Joining Instructions will be emailed to you approximately two weeks before the event. Included will be the exact time and location for us to meet up.
Frequently Asked Questions
Please go to our frequently asked questions page for more information.
Once you become a client, part of the package is unlimited on-going email support. So if you have a question, please send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
Why not book a 121 tuition session to continue the progress made to date.
During the Snowdonia Mono Masterclass, we will all travel together to the photo locations, I have a large and comfortable estate car that has plenty of legroom with a large boot for camera bags and tripods if you bring one.
Is the Snowdonia Mono Masterclass for me?
The Snowdonia Mono Masterclass must be one of the most photographically rewarding masterclasses to have been developed. The scope of the masterclass includes unusual locations, structured tutorials and demonstrations as well as constructive reviews in a small group that allows plenty of time for individual tuition.
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