Moonrise over Alcatraz Photo Walk

Photo by Michael Maloney

We are pleased to announce that Michael from our Camera West Walnut Creek staff will again start up his series of popular monthly photo walks.  Each month, he picks a different theme, subject or location in the bay area. Photographers of all abilities are always welcome.

The January photo walk will take us to San Francisco where we will photograph the rising full moon over Alcatraz and the east bay hills.

On Sunday, January 4th, conditions should be perfect as the moon rises near the same time as the sun sets. This gives us the ability to capture detail in both the full moon and the landscape. Michael will be on hand to help with proper exposure and offer tips to help you get a photo you will be proud of.

Don’t miss this opportunity! Sign up early, as participation will be limited to just 20 photographers.

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Cost : $25.00

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

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, November 13th, 7-9 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

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


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, November 6th, 7-9 PM.

Cost is $50. per person.

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




Within the Absolute Beyond 2015

Please join us at Camera West Walnut Creek for a special reception featuring the unique photography of John Ricca.

John Ricca is a San Francisco Bay Area fine art photographer who uses the camera to capture a mood and visual experience usually associated with other visual art forms. In addition to traditional landscapes, Ricca focus on natural and close-up images that emphasize shapes, textures, and patterns. Ricca hopes the viewer will experience the emotions created by the photographic image, in addition to seeing the image itself.

In addition to making images, Ricca tutors individuals and small groups in photography workshops and field trips on how to improve their photographic techniques. He has exhibited in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout the Bay Area.

His work will be on display here at Camera West Walnut Creek starting on November 13 thru March 21, 2015.

Thursday, Nov 13, 2014

Wine and refreshments will be served.

RSVP is kindly requested

Contact us at 925-935 -1424 or via email

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.