The Zen Photography Workshop with David Butow

Good friend of Camera West, David Butow is leading a two day workshop for photographers of all levels who seek to enrich their experience of observing and photographing.

The Zen Photography Workshop will take place on November 1st thru the 2nd in Oakland, CA. The class begins with a lecture by David, followed by group discussion, individual counseling and two sessions of shooting and editing over two days. The goal of each student will be unique and we will concentrate on helping each photographer find and express their personal vision. The workshop will conclude with a group slide show, open to the public, at Camera West in Walnut Creek on Monday night, November 3rd at 6:30pm.

If interested in the worksop, please contact David Butow at Cost of the workshop is $375. and limited to just 12 students. Each participant is asked to bring a digital camera and a computer.

If interested in joining us at Camera West on Monday, November 3 for the slide show, please RSVP at or call us at 925-9351424.

UPDATE : This event has been postponed. It will be held at a later date.

For more info on The Zen Photography Workshop, please click this link :

About the instructor:

California-based photojournalist David Butow has worked professionally for three decades in many countries including Afghanistan, Burma, Indonesia, Israel and the Palestinian Territories, Peru and Yemen. His photographic coverage of subjects such as the 2011 Japanese tsunami, the 2008 Sichuan, China earthquake, the 2003 invasion of Iraq and social issues in the United States have won awards from Communications Arts, World Press Photo, American Photography Annual and others. His photographs have appeared in many magazines including Time, US News and World Report, The New York Times Magazine, Paris Match, and in the National Geographic books Visions of Paradise, Dragon Rising and Inside China.

His pictures have been the subject of solo exhibitions in New York, Los Angeles and Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France. Butow is a member of Redux Pictures and has been a guest lecturer at many institutions including the Annenberg Space for Photography, Brooks Institute of Photography and Otis College of Art and Design. His commercial and editorial clients have included National Geographic Books, Apple Computers and the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation.

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, October 23rd, 7-9 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

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


Join Us for a Camera West T Party

Join Camera West in Rancho Mirage and Ebi Kuehne of Leica for an in-store hands-on demonstration of the Leica T system. Experience the stunning quality and versatility of the Leica T for yourself!

Please RSVP as space is limited
Email or call us at 760-992-5422
Refreshments will be provided

Thursday, October 2, 2014
4:00 – 8:00pm
Camera West Rancho Mirage

Meet Landscape Photographer Charlotte Gibb

Please join us at Camera West in Walnut Creek for a special reception featuring the beautiful landscape photography of Charlotte Gibb.

Charlotte Gibb is a landscape photographer based here in the bay area. Her keen eye for capturing a moment in nature is rooted firmly in her passion for the outdoors. Growing up among the beautiful mountains of Northern California, she considers herself a student of life, learning about people, nature, music, and photography along the way. But always, her life-long passion for the wilderness shines through it all.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

RSVP is kindly requested

Contact us at 925-935 -1424 or via email

Hands on with the Sony a7S & RX100 III

Please join us in at Camera West Walnut Creek as we welcome Glen Weinfeld of Sony for a hands-on demonstration of the a7S, the smallest interchangeable full-frame camera in its class with 15.3 stops of dynamic range, 4K & low light video, and high ISO up to 409,600.

Glen will also demonstrate the highly “pocketable” RX100 III with a new built-in, popup electronic viewfinder and bright 24-70mm f1.8-2.8 lens, both with ZEISS T* coatings.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6:30 – 8:30pm

Please RSVP at or phone us at 925-935-1424.