Photo Critique

Learning to critique photographs effectively is critically important to becoming a better photographer. It might not be easy to critique your images, but it is a valuable skill. With practice, you will find yourself critiquing your own work before you even press the shutter!

Camera West invites you to submit your 3 best images to be critiqued by our panel of professional photographers. This constructive critique will motivate you to go back and review all your photographs.

Space for this critique is limited, so reserve your place today by calling 760-992-5422 or email Kayla at

Tuesday, March 10th

6:30 – 8:00pm

New from Nikon, the D7200

Nikon has introduced the Nikon D7200, a DX-format DSLR featuring a 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor with no optical low-pass filter (OLPF) and the EXPEED 4 image processing system. The D7200 is capable of incredibly fast performance and capturing phenomenally detailed, sharp images and HD video. Nikon’s newest lightweight DSLR also adds increased buffer capacity compared to the D7100, includes new Picture Controls and offers Nikon Snapbridge, which allows users to seamlessly shoot and share stunning photos from the camera to a compatible smartphone or tablet via built-in Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFC2).

Other notable features include 1080/60p video recording, improved battery life of 1100 shots per charge and a weather-sealed magnesium alloy body. The D7200 will be available in April as a kit with the 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for $1699.95, or body-only for $1199.95.

El Paseo Cruise Night Photo Walk

​Join Camera West Rancho Mirage as we attend the Cruise Night on El Paseo for a photo walk. This event presents a great opportunity for automotive photography. Capture classic American muscle and exotic European cars alike. We will meet as the cars begin arriving on the upper parking level of The Gardens on El Paseo at 3:15p.m. This will be the perfect place to get some great shots of the vehicles while parked. At 4:30p.m. the cruise down El Paseo begins. This photo walk is free of charge. Take a walk down “the Boulevard” with Camera West!

Friday, March 6th, 2015

3:15 – 6:00 PM


Please call or email Camera West Rancho Mirage for more info or to sign up.


Camera Obedience School with Gary Faye

Please join us at Camera West Rancho Mirage for a beginning photographer seminar dedicated to bringing a clear understanding of the digital cameras many options including menus, modes, lens choices, f stops, iso, histograms and assorted buttons that some avoid like the plague. Each topic is illustrated with pictures resulting in understanding craft and moving toward the pictures you intend. We will finish with a tamer camera. You will also be introduced to editing software. Remember, some of the most important photographs in history were made with just one button.

This casual presentation is especially appropriate for beginning photographers. There will be time for open conversation, questions and refreshments. Please RSVP early as each monthly session is limited to 12 participants.

Thursday, March 12th, 7-8:45 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

Please call or email Camera West Rancho Mirage for more info or to sign up.


Waterfalls Hike up Cataract Creek

Thank you to everyone who joined me yesterday for the Camera West Walnut Creek photo walk to shoot the waterfalls along Cataract Creek in Marin County. We had an enthusiastic group of 14 shooters who learned how to get that perfect look to moving water in their photographs. Although the water flow could have been better, I’m grateful that it was still flowing! Last year I had to cancel this same photo walk due to a lack of water.

For those of you who would like to join us next time, I’ll be leading this same photo walk next year so get in the habit of checking our events tab on the Camera West website for our upcoming events.

Towering redwoods dwarf tiny Cataract Creek.

Participants relax alongside the upper pool at Cataract Creek.

A 2 second exposure provides a fluid movement to the water.