Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Book on Sale

Peachpit, a small publishing company based in the SF bay area is offering a great deal for all of you Photoshop users

Scott Kelby’s Adobe Photoshop CS6 Book for Digital Photographers eBook version is on sale for just $9.99. The price of the book is $43.99 so this is a huge savings as long as you don’t mind the eBook, or pdf format. I actually prefer the electronic version as I can store the book on my smart phone, tablet or computer, always handy when I need it.

Scott Kelby is an excellent photographer/teacher/author and to be able to purchase one of his books for just $9.99 is an opportunity you shouldn’t pass up. Don’t delay as the offer is only good until midnight this Saturday.

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Holiday Gift Idea : Fine Printing Papers

Remember a time when to view photographs, you had to hold them in your hands? In these digital days, most of us view and share prints on a computer. But there’s great satisfaction to printing your favorite image on just the perfect paper that enhances your photo. When properly printed, matted, and framed, it becomes a true piece of art and by the way a beautiful holiday gift for someone special.

Here at Camera West we offer a variety of printing papers for both tray processing and inkjet printers. Ilford, Epson, Arches, Infinity, Moab, Hahnemuhle, Inkpress, Innova, Somerset are just a few of the brands we carry in a variety of sizes.

All Ilford paper is 25% off until the end of the year.

Holiday Gift Idea : Lens Cleaners

The above trio of products are all you need to keep your fine lenses in tip top optical cleanliness. The Giottos Rocket-Air ($13.95) is what we recommend you use first to blow any dust and debris off your lens element. Next is the Kimtech Kimwipes ($5.95) to help clean off any fingerprints or water drops. The Kimtech box holds 280 wipes. Lastly is the Eclipse Optic Cleaning Fluid ($9.50). Use this great cleaning solution for those stubborn stains on your lens.

Fort Point Photo Walk

A big thank you to everyone who participated in today’s Camera West Fort Point Photo Walk. Despite gray skies and a threat of rain, 11 shooters showed up to explore the photogenic fort beneath the south anchorage of the Golden Gate Bridge.

The brick architecture and symmetry throughout the historic Fort Point offered everyone a great opportunity to work on composition and the study of light and shadows. Below are a few photos from our morning photo walk. All photos taken with a Canon 1D-X, 24-70 f2.8 L, processed through Adobe Lightroom 4.0 and Nik Software Silver Efex Pro 2.

Paul shoots in the turret house on top of Fort Point

Rafael shoots inside one of the dark brick-lined corridors of Fort Point

Augie and Dave set up their tripods for a low angle shot

Dave gets low to shoot a closeup of a weather-worn iron rail

DIck shoots the Golden Gate Bridge from the roof of the fort as a tanker ship enters SF Bay

Next month’s photo walk is at De La Salle High School in Concord where we will have sideline access to shoot a night soccer game. Contact Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek to sign up.

As always, check the Calendar or Events link at the left of this page for all of our photo walks, events, and workshops.

Adobe Lightroom 4.3 and ACR 7.3 Updates

Lightroom 4.3 is now available as a final release on and through the update mechanism in Lightroom 4.  The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom. HiDPI support within the Library and Develop Modules is also included for Retina-enabled Macs.

Camera Raw 7.3 is now available as a final release through the update mechanism in Photoshop CS6.  The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Camera Raw.