Moonrise Over SF Photo Walk

Photo by Michael Maloney

Join Michael as he leads a photo walk to beautiful Kirby Cove Beach in Marin County where we will photograph the rising full moon over the city and the Golden Gate Bridge.

This photo walk is open to photographers of all abilities. Only requirement is a camera and a tripod. Michael will be on hand to help you to set up your camera and give you guidance to come up with a beautiful photo you’ll be proud of.

On Thursday, June 12th at sunset, the full moon will rise directly over the city and the Golden Gate Bridge allowing you to get detail in both the moon and the landscape.

Thursday, June 12th
7:00 PM
Cost : $25.00
Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.

Photo walk participants shoot the rising moon over the Golden Gate Bridge during last summer's Camera West Photo Walk from Kirby Beach. - Photo by Michael Maloney

The view from Kirby Cove in Marin County. - Photo by Michael Maloney

Two-Toned Moonrise from Kirby Cove - Photo by Michael Maloney



Composition and Design with Gary Faye

Please join us at Camera West in Rancho Mirage for a motivating seminar of inspirational picture ideas. This new monthly workshop will explore just how pictures are made with more impact, drama, and expression. We will consider many examples of successful images of people, landscapes, still lifes and the great outdoors. You will unlock your creativity by becoming more aware of light, design elements, lens effects, color and how to bend the rules that balance these elements.

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

Sessions : 2nd Thursday of each month.
7 – 9pm
Cost is $50. per person
Contact Gary Faye in Rancho Mirage for more info or to sign up.

Pioneer Town : A Sunday Field Workshop with Gary Faye

Please join us for a Camera West hands-on field workshop in and around the western movie set village of Pioneer Town just east of San Bernardino.

There are mountains, trees, rocks, goats and gunfights to photograph. We will practise HDR, B&W conversion, panoramics, still life and people. We will learn to manage light, color and improve composition by increasing visual awareness.

Although facilities and food are available you can bring your own picnic style cuisine. There are accommodations available nearby for anyone wishing to make this an overnight experience. There will be an optional night photography opportunity for anyone interested. Included is a store critique session the following Thursday evening. (7-9pm) with refreshments.

Please RSVP soon as we are limited to 12 participants.

Contact Gary Faye in Rancho Mirage for more info or to sign up.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cost is $175. per person.

Fireworks with a Twist Photo Walk

Photo by Michael Maloney

Join Michael for a new twist (literally!) on shooting fireworks.

The technique we will practice is a unique one. Rather than just letting the fireworks paint our image, we will change our focus during the exposure, getting the unusual effects you see in these photos.

We will be shooting the fireworks show after the Oakland A’s game at the Coliseum. You will not need to buy a ticket for the game as we will not be in the stadium. The fireworks show happens after the game.

What to bring :

  • A digital camera that will allow you to shoot in bulb and manual focus mode
  • A manual focus lens – wide angle to 50mm range
  • A tripod
  • A remote release
  • A neutral density filter – 3 stops would be ideal. A polarizer can work in a pinch.

Saturday, May 10, 2014
9 pm
Oakland Coliseum
Cost : $25.00

Participation will be limited so sign up soon!

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

Photo by Michael Maloney

Photo by Michael Maloney

Camera West Walnut Creek Grand Opening

Come join us in celebrating our new store opening!

Please join us as we celebrate our beautiful, new space on March 6th, 7th, and 8th!  We will be having a grand opening party on Thursday evening, in-house vendors during normal business hours on Friday and Saturday, and photographer presentations on Friday and Saturday evening. There will be special guests from Leica in attendance along with refreshments, music, and the opportunity to mingle with other area photographers!

Grand Opening Party – Refreshments and fun!
Thursday, March 6, 2014
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Vendor Days
Leica, Hasselblad  Broncolor,  Profoto,
Fuji, Olympus, Billingham, Novoflex  and more!
Friday, March 7th
10:00am to 6:00pm
Saturday, March 8th
10:00am – 4:00pm

Jason Bradley Presentation
Friday, March 7, 2014
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

David Butow Presentation
Saturday, March 8, 2014
4:30 PM – 6:30 PM

RSVP via 925-935-1424 or email :