New Date: Bob Holmes chat about upcoming Lumaria Workshop to Cuba!

Please note there is a revised date for this chat. The new date is Thursday, February 16, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. To reserve your spot for this free event, please call 925-935-1424 or email 
Interested in going to Cuba?
Lumaria Workshops presents a once and a lifetime opportunity to travel to Cuba with professional photographers. On Thursday, February 16th, meet one of the photographers hosting this excursion: five-time Travel Photographer of the Year recipient, Bob Holmes.  Bob will explain his travel experiences and reasons why Cuba is a photographer’s dream.  In addition to valuable travel photography tips, Bob will share his 40 years of experience shooting in many of the world’s most remote and inaccessible places.  In April 2017, Bob will be hosting a lucky group of photographers to explore some of his favorite places on the island.  Accompanying Bob will be Chris Baker, who has literally written the book on Cuba.  Chris is National Geographic‘s Cuba expert and has authored two National Geographic Guides, as well as the Moon Guide to Cuba.
Please join us on Thursday, February 16th from 6:30-7:30 pm, for this free informational lecture! To reserve a spot, please call us to RSVP at (925)935-1424.
To read up more about the workshop please visit our previous post:  Lumaria Workshop in Cuba, April 2017

Lumaria Workshop Cuba: April 9-18, 2017

Lumaria Workshops presents a once and a lifetime opportunity to travel to Cuba with professional photographers, Christopher P. Baker, Bob Holmes, Andrea Johnson, and Tom Brichta.

This ten-day excursion will travel to Havana and Trinidad. Some highlights of the trip will include a visit to the Cuban National Ballet School, the Ernest Hemingway Museum, and more. The fantastic itinerary and more information about the workshop can be found here:

Mark de Paola: Photography Wide Open Masters Workshop January 26, 2017

Fine art photographer and director Mark de Paola presents an exclusive one day workshop at Camera West in Walnut Creek on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Focused on “Photography Wide Open”, this seven-hour, shooting intensive, workshop is designed for creative photographers interested in stretching their imagination and expanding the traditional definition of portraiture.

For over 40 years Mark has used Leica cameras and lenses, especially the 50mm Noctilux, to deliver projects for clients ranging from Vogue and Gucci to Superbowl commercials and fine art photographic exhibitions.

His first-hand experience and wealth of still and motion imagery will provide a foundation for the class and serve as a point of inspiration during an afternoon of in-depth discussions and practical exercises.

 Topics covered include:

  • Historical overview of Leica glass and evolution.
  • The impact of lens choice on the creative process.
  • Maximizing your use of Leica lenses.
  • Working with natural light indoors and on-location.
  • Techniques for working at minimum focusing distance.
  • Capturing motion in a still image.
  • Understanding the collaboration between photographer and model.
  • After a morning of lectures, the class will break up into small groups to work with models on location and at selected outdoor locations. The sessions will conclude with a brief review of work from the day.

Owning a Leica is not required for this event.

Don’t miss your chance to discover how Mark came to find his own visual aesthetic and experience for yourself the process that allows him to dance on the threshold of exposure and minimum focus distances.

For more information call Camera West Walnut Creek (925) 935-1424. To check out Mark’s body of work, please visit his website

Camera West Yosemite Photo Event: May 3-6, 2017

We are very happy to present a special Spring Photo Event in Yosemite National Park.
Spring in Yosemite is a wonderful time for photographing because of the beautiful dogwood blossoms, flowing waterfalls, and the incredible natural scenery.
We have very limited space/room available and this event will fill up quickly, so please call Hal to reserve your spot, (925) 935-1424. Lodging and meals will be included, except for alcoholic beverages.