May Workshops

We have a trio of workshops to offer you in the month of May.

If you are an aspiring landscape photographer, Jason Bradley is leading a 3 day workshop on the beautiful Monterey Peninsula. And, if you’re looking for something closer to home, author and landscape photographer Sean Arbabi will hold a landscape photography discussion here at Camera West in Walnut Creek. And finally, if you want to learn how to shoot sports, Michael Maloney of the Camera West Walnut Creek staff will lead a workshop covering a local high school championship track & field meet.

For more details on each workshop, click on the images above. You can also reach us at (925) 935-1424 or

New from Hasselblad – Phocus Mobile

Phocus Mobile allows you to wirelessly access your images stored on your computer with your iPhone or iPad. With your computer running Phocus, you can remotely browse, rate, pan and zoom your RAW, JPEG and TIFF images from anywhere. It also allows you to share your images simultaneously with clients or friends who have the free app on their mobile devices.

Go to : for more info.

Nikon a Winner with TIPA

Three of Nikon’s products are recipients of the prestigious TIPA Awards 2012, the authority in the photography and imaging industry. The Nikon D5100 digital SLR camera has been selected for the Best D-SLR Entry Level Award, the Nikon D800 digital SLR camera for the Best D-SLR Expert Award, and the SB-910 Speedlight for the Best Professional Flash System Award.
The best photographic and imaging products in a number of categories, announced between April 1, 2011 and March 31, 2012, were selected for the TIPA Awards 2012 through voting by editors of member camera and imaging magazines from thirteen European countries, Australia, Canada, China, the United States of America and South Africa.


Source : Nikon


Canon Advisory for 5D Mark III Owners

To Users of the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera

Thank you for using Canon products.

The phenomenon described below has been confirmed when using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera.
Canon is now examining the countermeasures and once the countermeasures are decided, we will post the information on our Web site.

In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change as a result of the AE sensor’s detection of light from the LCD panel.

Affected Product
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera

Once the preparations are complete, we will be making an announcement on our Web site.

This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.

Please register the EOS 5D Mark III. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when service updates are available. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.

Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc

Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone:    1-800-OK-CANON
TDD:    1-866-251-3752
For additional support options:

Back to Basics

A customer came into the store recently and told me of a photo workshop she attended. The instructor, required her students to make every photo in manual mode – manual focus, manual exposure. Not only that, but every photo had to be taken on a tripod and when it came time to share the photos, they could not be “photoshopped”.

I love it. What a great idea. I can’t think of a better way to get get more “connected” to your image – to learn more about the craft of photography. No auto, point and shoot, motor driven images. Instead, each image requiring thought and purpose. Each image created from your eye, your brain, and your heart

I’ve learned the value of this approach recently. I have been shooting more with manual focus prime lenses and have noticed that when shooting with them, I feel much more connected to my photos. I’ve slowed down, and manually focused and exposed, and in doing so, I feel much more aware of what is in the frame. Shooting in manual exposure mode also gets me thinking more about the light and what I need to do to capture the mood it creates.

So, back to basics with these tips that we already know, but need to be reminded of occasionally :

Get closer. The biggest mistake photographers make is that they don’t get close enough to their subjects. Robert Capa said it best : “If your photos aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”

Know your camera intimately. Know what everything does, where it is located and how to set it. Your photography can’t improve until you feel comfortable with your camera.

Outside the box. As you compose a photograph run your eyes around the outside edges of the viewfinder, checking to make sure you’re not cropping someone’s head or feet off or that there is not some unwanted element coming into your subject or picture.

Anticipation/Seeing. Look for the “magic moment.” Be ready for it. Pre-visualize.  Ask yourself “what could happen” Watch body language and facial expressions.

Composition. Look for shapes and angles and camera placement that adds drama to the photo. Don’t just put your subject in the center of the frame. Think left or right of center. Will negative space help your photo, or will getting closer be better? Look for leading lines into subject.

Lens selection. Wide angle helps show subjects in their environment. Telephoto compresses the scene.  Know which lens will work best for a scene.

Perspective. Get low or get high. Most people see the world from eye level. Take the viewer of your photograph someplace where they’ve never been. It will make your pictures instantly more interesting.

Shoot layers of information. By layering your pictures with info they become more powerful and the message is stronger. Use foreground and background elements to create a message.

Read the light. Photography is all about light. Learn to see it; Understand how light can set a mood in a photo. Even when you are not photographing something look at the quality of the light around you.

Have something to say with your photography. Your pictures are a reflection of you. Your photography is how YOU interpret the world around you. Find passion in your love for photography.