Andy Beel, FRPS

Andy Beel is a, award winning professional photographer and Fellow of the Royal Photographic Society who specialises in Monochrome.   I was fortunate enough to attend a local RPS meeting where he demonstrated converting digital images to black and white using Lightroom.  Although I understand he also uses Silver Efex Pro, it is Lightroom he uses for the majority of his work.  His demonstration involved a fairly flat image of  beach hut taken on quite a dull day and what he ended up with was stunning.  His advice was that rather than converting the image to black and white, to use the black and white sliders to de-saturate the image then use the tone curve and adjustment brush to pull out the highlights etc.  and by and large, this is how I have produced the images for my assignment.  Andy’s photographs are in the main, fairly traditional, by which I mean that there are not too many weird effects or tones with the possible exception of a gallery called ‘Blackpool 2011’ http://www.andybeelfrps.co.uk/Gallery [accessed 6 May 2013] in all of the images are sepia toned and there are some that I really couldn’t make out what they were meant to be.  His work spans the whole spectrum of key and tone and I find it reassuring that most of this can be achieved with the software I use on a day to day basis.  Andy’s website is really useful too with lots of hints and tips and articles to help people like me improve my photography.

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About Anne Bryson

I live in Gloucestershire with my husband Iain and West Highland Terrier, Isla. I enjoy golf, photography and my grandchildren, not necessarily in that order! Having completed a 10 week digital photography course with the Open University in 2010, I decided I wanted to take my photography further and enrolled for the Open College of the Arts BA (Hons) starting with 'The Art of Photography' which I enjoyed so much that I went gone on to do Digital Photographic Practice and People and Place. In April 2016 I enrolled on my fourth OCA photography course, Documentary. This blog is my Learning Log for this course.
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