Nikon Service Advisory Issued for Some D810s

Nikon has announced a service advisory for the new Nikon D810, in response to reports of ‘bright spots’ at long shutter speeds and in 1.2X crop mode. According to an announcement on Nikon’s website, affected cameras will be serviced free of charge.

The issue only effects cameras within a certain serial number range. You can check the serial number of your camera against Nikon’s database via the company’s service and support pages.

Alpha a5100 a New Mirrorless Camera from Sony

Sony has announced the Alpha a5100 mirrorless camera. The a5100 offers an APS-C sensor with a lot of the same internal components as the fast-focusing Alpha 6000, including a 24-megapixel image sensor, along with a 3″ LCD that flips up 180 degrees for taking self-portraits. The a5100 has impressive video features, allowing 1080/60p/24p recording at 50Mbps.

The a5100 will be available in September in black or white for $550 body only or $700 with the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens.

Adding the Next Element


Please join us at Camera West Walnut Creek as we host a lively discussion about light painting, compositing images, and a dress made entirely of smoke with photographer Juan Zambrano.

In less than a decade, Juan Zambrano has become one of the most esteemed photographers working today. Born in Mexico City and raised in San Francisco, he studied graphic design before putting his visual acumen to use at pre-press firms. While perfecting countless fashion, beauty and still-life global campaigns, Zambrano quickly became one of the most prominent retouchers on the West Coast. This meticulous commitment, along with his unparalleled eye for detail, quickly catalyzed Zambrano’s foray into full-time photography. Since 2003, Zambrano has established a reputation for flawless creations in global campaigns for Fortune 500 companies, fashion editorials and commercial work. His images and retouching work have appeared in such publications as Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, GQ and Elle.

Wednesday, August 27th
6:30-8:30 PM

This event is free however we ask you to please RSVP

Call or email Camera West in Walnut Creek



Camera Obedience School with Gary Faye

Please join us at Camera West Rancho Mirage for a beginning photographer seminar dedicated to bringing a more clear understanding of the digital camera’s many options including menus, modes, lens choices, f stops ISO, histograms and assorted buttons that many avoid like the plague. Each topic is illustrated with pictures resulting in understanding craft and moving toward the pictures you intended. We will finish with a camera you have tamed. Remember, some of the most important photographs in history were made with just one or two buttons.

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, August 28th, 7-9 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

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


Aperture to Lightroom Workflow

Adobe is developing a migration tool to bring your photos into Adobe Photoshop Lightroom from Aperture, but if you’re eager to switch before the tool is ready, this guide helps ease your transition.