San Francisco at Night Workshop

© Thomas R Brichta

Join us for an evening of fun, shooting in and around the beautiful city of San Francisco.

Learn to capture the stunning scenes of San Francisco at night. We will be covering multiple locations to capture the sunset, the city lights, and of course the iconic Golden Gate Bridge after dark. The city takes on it’s own magical light and the colors will be fascinating.

This Camera West Walnut Creek workshop will cover all aspects of night photography and low light conditions. Hal Kam and Tom Brichta will tailor the teaching to each individual, assisting with camera settings, etc, to ensure your best possible night photography workshop experience.

This night photo session is best suited for those with a DSLR or other camera that is capable of manipulating the shutter speed and aperture settings, to sustain the long exposures required for night photography. You will also need to have a sturdy tripod and a remote shutter release.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012 
3pm – 9pm

Contact Hal at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up

New Leica S-2 Firmware

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Nikon VR Fieldscope

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New Micro Four Thirds Olympus Lens

Olympus introduces their first micro four thirds lens with an electronic zoom in a weather sealed body. The M. ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ (35mm equivalent : 24-110mm) delivers a smooth, quiet zoom and will focus as close as 8 to 20 inches. Estimated street price of the lens will be $499.99 and should be available mid-January, 2012.

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