Anza Borrego Workshop

Join us Saturday May 2nd for a workshop in one of California’s most beautiful State Parks. We will be holding a workshop from 3pm-11pm in the heart of Anza Borrego State Park. This workshop will be broken up into 3 sessions. Ben will be there to give you tips, and techniques on how to capture some photos that will make it worth your while!

Photo by Ben Carpenter

First, we will head over to the Desert Garden’s area for some macro photography. We will explore various techniques of using speed lights and diffusers to capture the finer details of the desert landscapes.

Photo by Ben Carpenter

After we spend sometime shooting macro photography at Desert Gardens we will head over to Font’s Point. Font’s Point over looks the Anza Borrego Valley. Hopefully we will have a beautiful sunset to capture some unique shots from the point and the outstanding desert badlands.

Photo by Ben Carpenter

Following sunset at we will head into Borrego Springs to grab dinner, and then back out to shoot some night photography right outside of town. Outside of Borrego Springs there are many, rather large, iron sculptures that are great subjects for night photography. We will work on light painting and long exposure photography, and even lighting these statues with everyday items… like your cell phone!

Things to bring:

All you need besides yourself is your camera and a good tripod, but we do recommend that you bring some of the following items if you have them available.

  • Lens with Macro Capabilities
  • Cable Release
  • Diffuser, speed light, flashlight or light source for night photography
  • A Sweater (the desert gets cold at night!)
  • Good hiking shoes

Some of roads are dirt, so if you have a truck, SUV, or some vehicle with a little bit more ground clearance that would be recommended. We will have a truck there if anyone needs a ride to the specific locations.

Time: Sautrday, May 2nd 3pm – 11pm

Location: Anza Borrego State Park

Price: $185

For more info contact:

Ben Carpenter


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, April 14th, 2015

6:30 – 8:00pm

New 4K Camcorder from Canon

Canon has released the XC10 digital camcorder which records up to 4K video. This boxy looking camcorder, measures in at 4.9 x 4 x 4.8 inches and weighs 2.3 pounds with battery and memory cards loaded and holds a fixed F2.8-5.6 image stabilized lens equivalent to 27.3-273mm for videos and 24.1-241mm for stills.

The XC10 uses a 1-inch, 12-megapixel CMOS sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range to record 4K at 3840 x 2160 4K footage (8-bit, 422) can be saved internally to CFast memory cards with a maximum bit rate of 305 Mbps at 30 fps. Using the HDMI 1.4 port you can output a Canon Log file with 12 stops of dynamic range to an external recorder. You can also record 1920×1080 video internally to an SD card at a max bitrate of 50 Mbps when shooting at 59.94 fps.

The XC10 also features a rotating grip, tilting 3 inch touch screen LCD, a three-step ND filter, a native ISO range of 160-20,000, and built-in Wi-Fi. It uses the same LP-E6 battery as the EOS 5D III and 7D II, among other models.

The XC10 will be available this June and will ship with a SanDisk 64GB CFast 2.0 card at an MSRP of $2499.