Travel Photography with Terry Riggins

Capturing Images That Tell the Story of Your Adventure

Learn to capture captivating images of the people, places and events that tell the story of your vacation. This class is great for adults, families and kids.

Adding the element of storytelling through photography will truly enhance your travels and will enrich the way you view your experiences. We will discuss preparing for your trip by identifying your primary photographic objectives. Then we will discuss a game plan for capturing those sights, scenes and details.

We will discuss the top five tips for improving your images immediately. To make those memories last once you return home, we will discuss strategies for making photo books. It’s your images that document your experiences and anchor your memories of shared times, let us help you make the most of them.

Thursday July 16th, 2015

6:30 – 8:30pm

Cost is $65. per person

For more details, contact Terry Riggins

Camera Obedience School with Gary Faye

Please join us at Camera West Rancho Mirage for a beginning photographer seminar dedicated to bringing a clear understanding of the digital cameras many options including menus, modes, lens choices, f stops, iso, histograms and assorted buttons that some avoid like the plague. Each topic is illustrated with pictures resulting in understanding craft and moving toward the pictures you intend. We will finish with a tamer camera. You will also be introduced to editing software. Remember, some of the most important photographs in history were made with just one button.

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, July 16th, 6:30-8:30 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

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


Leica M Experience Day

June 25, 2015, 10am – 4pm

Join the Leica Akademie, with instructor Tom Brichta and professional photographer David Butow. at Camera West in Walnut Creek for a hands-on day with the Leica M system. Learn from the pros and then experience for yourself what the Leica M system can do for you!

This event is free and limited to just 10 participants so reserve your seat soon! Loaner equipment will be available for attendees to try out!

Contact Camera West at 925-935-1424 to register or for more information.

Tom Brichta (left) and David Butow

Tom Brichta’s passion for photography started in the early seventies with the purchase of his first SLR. When he moved to the San Francisco Bay Area in the late seventies, he fell in love with the outdoors and the land and seascapes of Northern California.

From the mid nineties to the present, Tom has been the Leica Camera Representative for Northern California, and a Leica North American Akademie instructor, for him, “his dream job”. He gets to work with some of the finest camera equipment, and leads photo workshops. His workshops not only have taken him throughout California and other parts of the U.S., but to other beautiful places on earth.

California-based photojournalist David Butow has worked professionally for three decades in many countries including Afghanistan, Burma, Iraq, Peru and Yemen. His photographic coverage of subjects such as the 2011 Japanese tsunami, the 2008 China earthquake as well as social issues in the United States have won awards from, World Press Photo, Communications Arts, American Photography Annual, Photo District News and others. His current project, Seeing Buddha has been published in the New York Times and National Geographic magazine.

Butow’s photographs have been exhibited in various venues such at the Asia Society and United Nations in New York and Visa Pour L’Image in Perpignan, France. He is a member of Redux Pictures and has been a guest lecturer at many institutions including the Annenberg Space for Photography, Stanford University and Brooks Institute of Photography. His commercial and editorial clients have included National Geographic Books, Apple and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Light Composition & 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, June 18, 2015

6:30-8:30 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

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


Hands-On with the Pentax 645Z

June 3, 6:30-8:30pm

Join Camera West in Walnut Creek on the evening of June 3 with Pentax and the new 645Z. Experience the 51mp, 14-bit, medium format sensor with an ISO range of 100-204,800 and see for yourself how this incredible camera fits into your imaging world! Camera West customers receive a free 55mm/2.8 lens with purchase of the Pentax 645Z during this event!

For information or to RSVP, call 925.935.1424 or visit

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