Composition and Design with Gary Faye


Please join us at Camera West in Rancho Mirage for a motivating seminar of inspirational picture ideas.

This monthly workshop will explore how pictures are made with more impact, drama and expression. We will consider many successful image examples of people, still life and the great outdoors. You will unleash your creativity by becoming more aware of light, graphic design, perspective, tension, mood, color and controlling these various elements.

This casual presentation is appropriate for all levels of photographers. There will be time for open conversation, questions and refreshments. Please RSVP early as each monthly session will be limited to just 12 participants.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Cost : $50.

Fall Colors Along Highway 395 Workshop

Hal Kam with his Leica S2 at Alabama Hills

Join Hal Kam of Camera West Walnut Creek as he hits the road again this fall, bringing back a popular photography workshop – US Route 395 and the beautiful fall colors of the Eastern Sierra.

Hal will lead you on a 5 day, 4 night excursion where you will witness the pure natural wonder of the Eastern Sierra from Bridgeport to Lone Pine, all along scenic Highway 395.

Hal knows this area intimately so you’ll be in great hands. He will take you to the Ancient Bristlecone Pine Forest, the Japanese internment camp at Manzanar, the unique Alabama Hills near Lone Pine, the tufa formations on Mono Lake, the historic ghost town of Bodie and many more picture perfect sites.

September 28 thru October 2, 2014

$1100. per person which includes all fees, all meals and 4 nights lodging

You can reach Hal at (925) 935-1424 or


Aspen leaves and granite. Photo by Hal Kam.

Ancient Bristlecone. Photo by Hal Kam.

Mt Whitney Portal - Alabama Hills. Photo by Hal Kam.

Weathered Building, Bodie, CA Photo by Hal Kam.

Fujifilm Demo Day & Special Presentation

Please join Camera West Walnut Creek and Fujifilm for a celebration of their exceptional X system. Drawing on both a legacy of superior optics and unique sensor technology, this compact system demands your consideration. To demonstrate this point, Fujifilm representatives will be on hand with Fujifilm’s latest offerings and we’ll host a free presentation by Santiago Escobar- Jaramillo.
10:00am – 4:00pm
Fuji Demo Day
4:30pm – 6:30pm
World-renowned Fuji X-Photographer Santiago Escobar-Jaramillo
Call or email Camera West in Walnut Creek to RSVP

On Location with the Profoto B1

Wednesday, June 18, 2014
6pm – 8pm

This event has been postponed

Please join Camera West and Dan Cuny, Profoto’s regional sales manager, for a hands-on demonstration of the Profoto B1 System. We’ll meet at Heather Farm Park in Walnut Creek and have a model present to demonstrate how this system can alleviate some of the frustrations of your lighting challenges.

Please contact Camera West Walnut Creek to make your reservation via or 925-935-1424.

Profoto has revolutionized the lighting game with the B1 Off-Camera Flash: a powerful cordless monolight with TTL metering capabilities.

The B1 combines all of the best parts of a studio strobe and a portable speedlight. Like a speedlight, it is cordless and runs off of its own battery pack. It also offers TTL (through the lens) metering, but unlike a speedlight, this 500 watt head is much more powerful.

What Profoto is trying to do with the B1 is allow speedlight users to take their work to the next level without sacrificing portability and features in the name of power.

Attach the Air Remote TTL and you have the convenience of TTL metering from as far away as 100m (regular sync up to 300m away) The B1 is also fast with recycle times ranging from 0.1 seconds at low power to 1.9 seconds at full power, and when you set it to low it can flash as fast as 20 times per second!

The B1 and Air Remote TTL-C (denoting Canon compatibility only) are both now, with the B1 going for $2,000 per head and the remote separately for $400.

For now, the TTL functionality is only available for Canon shooters (with E-TTL II support), but Profoto is promising a Nikon version of the Air Remote soon.