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, February 26, 2015 7-9 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

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


Learn How to Plot the Sun & Moon

Photo by Michael Maloney - Plotted using The Photographer's Ephemeris

Join Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek as he demonstrates how to use an indispensable tool for landscape photographers.

This tool is called the Photographer’s Ephemeris and it is a free web based app for your mac or pc. With it, you can plot exactly when and where the sun or moon will be at any time of day or night; past, present, or future.

Want a photo of the full moon rising over San Francisco? With the Photographer’s Ephemeris you can find the best time and day to get such a photo. The Photographer’s Ephemeris will show you exactly where to be to line up for that perfect shot.

In this 2 hour presentation, Michael will step you through how to plot such a photo. You will learn the interface of this app and leave with the confidence needed to plot your own sun or moon photos.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015
7-9 pm
Camera West in Walnut Creek

Cost : $50.00 for the 2 hour session

Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.


This is a screenshot of the Photographer's Ephemeris showing how the above photo was plotted

Lightroom Basics Workshop

Please join us at Camera West Walnut Creek where Michael will step you through the basics of Adobe Lightroom. This two hour workshop will give you the confidence to make your images look the way you intended them to look. We will not get bogged down in the importing and cataloging workflow, instead you’ll learn how to make your images pop with just the very basic of Lightroom’s many tools. Later workshops will get into proper workflow and the more advanced tools, but this workshop will focus on just the basics. Everything you need to know to make your images shine!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015


Cost : $50.

Call or email Camera West
in Walnut Creek for more info.


Bombay Beach Workshop

Photo by @sdstudiosinc

Camera West Rancho Mirage is hosting a workshop at Bombay Beach, located near the Salton Sea, Thursday evening, February 19th from 4-8 p.m. Bombay Beach, with its unique foreground elements, and beautiful night sky provides one of the finest night photography spots in Southern California.

Subjects that will be covered during this work shop will include long exposure photography, astrophotography, and light painting. Fujifilm will also be providing some of their X series cameras and lenses for you to test and try during the course of our event.

This workshop will begin at 4 p.m. at Bombay Beach where we will initially meetup. We will have time to get some beautiful shots as the sun sets over the Salton Sea. Throughout the evening our staff will walk you through the process of specific night photography techniques and provide information, materials, and suggestions for you to go and create your own photos. We recommend that you bring your camera, lens, tripod and shutter release for this event. Also dress warm and bring proper footwear. If you need a specific piece of equipment we would be more than happy to help you find the right tool for the job.

Thursday February 19th, 2015

4pm to 8pm

Cost : $125.

Call us at 760-992-5422 or stop by our Rancho Mirage store to reserve your spot as space is limited.

Using Motion and Movement to Create Fine Art Photographic Images

Please join us at Camera West Walnut Creek on Wednesday, January 21 at 6:30 p.m. for a free presentation by fine art photographer John Ricca on using subject motion and camera movement to create fine art photographic images. John is internationally recognized for his photographic images that are reminiscent of other art forms, e.g., abstract expressionist, impressionist, pointillist, pastels, and pen & ink and charcoal drawings. John’s images are currently on exhibition at Camera West Walnut Creek Gallery.

There will be time for open discussion, questions, and refreshments.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015


RSVP is kindly requested

Wine and refreshments will be served

Call or email Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info.