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.


Leica Camera is pleased to announce that a new firmware, version 2.2 and Image Shuttle
is now available in the Leica owners’ area. You may also take advantage of the opportunity to have the firmware installed at a Camera West or the Leica Store in San Francisco.
The new firmware is available at:
The new firmware includes new features and makes many other improvements.
The new features are:
  • Improved support for Leica Image Shuttle 3.5 for MAC / Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Tethered
  • Plug-In 1.1.0 (for MAC).
  • Added Support for Leica Image Shuttle 3.5 for Windows.
  • Changed exposure limitation in combination with 6-bit coded M-lenses.
  • The bug fixes: Missing data in EXIF in combination with lens adapters.
  • Minor bug fixes.
 To install the new firmware, please follow the following steps:
1. Recharge the battery to 100% and insert the battery into your camera.
2. Download the new firmware file to your computer.
3. Prepare the installation SD card.
(a) Ensure that the card contains at least 200 MB of free disk space.
(b) Format the card when it is in the camera before continuing with the installation process.
4. Copy the firmware file to the root directory of a SD card.
5. Insert the SD card into the camera and switch it on.
6. Before installing a new firmware, please backup user profiles. The installation will override personal settings and customizations stored inside the camera.
b. Choose ‘Export Profiles’ and confirm to start the process.
c. The camera will confirm the action with the screen ‘Export Successful’.
7. Go to MENU / SETUP / Camera Information / Firmware.
8. Press ‘Start Update’ and confirm to start the process.
a. The camera will guide you through the backup process of your current settings.
b. Please confirm to save your current settings to SD card before proceeding with the update.
c. Wait until the update installation is completed.
d. Restart the camera, do not eject the SD card.
e. Reconfirm to load your last settings from SD card during the first startup.
9. The update process is completed.
While updating the firmware:
DO NOT do the following:
1. Turn off the camera.
2. Remove the SD card.
3. Remove the battery.
4. Remove the lens.