Please join us at Camera West 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 intimidating buttons. Each topic is illustrated with pictures resulting in understanding craft and moving toward pictures under your control. We will finish with a more tame camera. We will also look at editing software. Remember… many important photographs in history were made with no menus and 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, February 18th, 2016
6:30-8:30 PM.
Cost is $50. per person.
Please call or email Camera West Rancho Mirage for more info or to sign up.
760-992-5422 or


Save 10% on all Used Inventory!

A new year brings new photography gear with it! For a limited time, we would like to extend a special promotion to you. Beginning today and going through Saturday, January 30th you will be able to save 10% on every used item on our shelves. If you have been looking at picking up a lens, body or accessory this is a fantastic opportunity to do so while saving a few dollars. 

Looking for a specific product that you don’t see in our inventory? Please be sure to let one of our sales personnel know, so we can do our best to accommodate your needs. Also, be sure to check our Leica store in San Francisco for more used Leica inventory.

Thank You

Thank you to Dan Cuny, Profoto’s Western Regional Sales Manager and all those who attended our Profoto off-camera flash demonstration at Camera West in Walnut Creek last night. Dan showed us the latest in Profoto’s off-camera flash system and participants were encouraged to try the various Profoto light shaping tools on model Puneet Gill.

Come see us at Camera West if interested in this revolutionary flash system.

Dan Cuny adjusts the Profoto Softlight reflector

Puneet Gill was our beautiful model for the event.


Today, January 15th is my last day at Camera West. I have decided to retire and move up to a small town in the Sierra foothills. It has always been my dream to retire in a small close-knit community, and the opportunity to do so at this time magically came together.

It has been a wonderful 5 years at Camera West. I want to thank Sean and Diana Cranor, owners of Camera West and Dan Leto my manager for taking the chance in hiring this San Francisco Chronicle photojournalist of 30 years but with zero sales experience. I have learned so much and I am forever grateful for the opportunity I was given.

I will continue to lead a few workshops and photo walks for Camera West. I will also contribute to this blog and our Camera West Walnut Creek Facebook page during this transition period.

My plans in retirement are to get out and shoot more – I’ve really missed that. I will also have plenty of time for hiking, biking, kayaking and taking road trips on my motorcycle. I’m already planning a year-round organic vegetable garden and to build a chicken coop for fresh organic eggs. Fun times ahead!

I can be reached by email at

Best regards,
Michael Maloney