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.

New Leica M-P Safari Edition

Leica Camera has announced the Leica M-P ‘Safari’ set. This set comprises of the Leica M-P (Typ 240) Safari edition, Leica Summicron-M 35mm/f2 ASPH with a round metal lens hood, a full grain cowhide carrying strap and matching SD & business card holder.

Leica’s safari/olive edition cameras date back to 1960 with the Leica M1 ‘Olive‘. Made initially for the military, the safari/olive cameras’ unique color stands out. Over the years, a handful of safari/olive editions were produced. Many of these limited edition cameras are highly prized collectibles.

The Leica M-P ‘Safari’ set has an olive lacquered top cover, leatherette and bottom plate. The shutter speed dial, the On/Off switch, the release button, the hot shoe and some other details have a silver finish. The engraving on the top cover is reminiscent of the first safari camera in 1960 and has the classic Leica logo inscribed on one line and the wording ‘WETZLAR GERMANY’ on the second line. The 35mm/f2 ASPH has a silver chrome finish with a matching classic round metal lens hood.

There will only be 1,500 sets worldwide. The price of the kit is $9,990 and is currently available for pre-order

Happy 25th Photoshop!

Adobe Photoshop turns 25 years old today. It started in 1987 when Thomas Knoll developed a pixel imaging program called Display. It was a simple program to showcase grayscale images on a black-and-white monitor. However, after collaborating with his brother, John Knoll, the two began adding features that made it possible to process digital image files. The program eventually caught the attention of industry influencers, and in 1989, Adobe made the decision to license the software, naming it Photoshop and shipping the first version in 1990.

“Adobe thought we’d sell about 500 copies of Photoshop a month,” said Thomas Knoll, Adobe Fellow and Photoshop co-creator. “Not in my wildest dreams did we think creatives would embrace the product in the numbers and ways they have. It’s inspiring to see the beautiful images our customers create, the careers Photoshop has launched and the new uses people all over the world find for Photoshop every day.”