One-on-One lessons with Richard Herzog

Camera West Walnut Creek offers one-on-one lessons. Sessions are from 8:30 am to 9:30 am before the store opens for a quiet, relaxed environment with Richard Herzog. To schedule a session, call us at (925) 935-1424.

Our veteran professional photographer, Richard Herzog, is our expert instructor who brings his extensive photographic experience and amazing enthusiasm to these sessions. Born and raised in Ontario Canada, his passion for photography started at a very early age while watching his grandfather shoot Polaroids. (Richard photographed his first wedding when he was 16 for a prominent NHL hockey player!)

Richards’ formal photography education began at the Banff School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada in their Advanced Photographic Imaging and Darkroom techniques program. He then attended the Rochester Institute of Technology, completing his BS in Professional Photography.

Richard has been in the photographic industry for over 25 years, as a professional photographer and as a representative for major photographic manufacturing companies including Kodak, Polaroid, and PhaseOne. He has continued his education by taking several workshops which include advanced lighting techniques with Tony Corbel, event posing with Bambi Cantrell and Yervant, and event photography with Jerry Ghionis and Bambi Cantrell. Richard has also been PhaseOne / CaptureOne certified and has taken several workshops in Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Lightroom.

The transition from film to the digital technology was significant for Richard, both professionally and personally. Richard’s marketing and sales roles were amongst the first to promote digital cameras and scanners. His personal reviews of products and workflow, lead many professional photographers and their companies to take their first step into digital technology.

In his spare time, Richard loves to go hiking with his wife Melissa, spending time with their two children, and photographing landscapes which can be seen at

New: Leica T (Typ 701) Firmware 1.6

Leica has released a new firmware for the Leica T (Typ 701) version 1.6. The download is available from this link: Leica T (Typ 701) Firmware Some improvements are faster autofocus and compatibility with the Android Leica TL app, and more

Firmware Update Procedure

  1. Download an updated version of the firmware and double click on the ZIP-file to unpack it.
  2. Copy the firmware file onto a SD Memory Card in its top level folder.
  3. Make sure to turn off the power switch on the camera.
  4. Insert the fully charged battery to the body. If the battery is not fully charged, the update process screen will not appear.
  5. Insert the SD Memory Card into the camera.
  6. Turn the camera – while simultaneously pressing the video release button – on.
  7. The firmware update screen will appear. Press OK.
  8. The LEICA T will start the update process. The firmware update will take about 90 seconds.
  9. After the update process please restart the camera.

Please do not turn off your camera, or do not remove the SD Memory Card, do not remove the lens while updating your camera’s firmware. Doing so can cause serious damage to your camera.

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