Leica in the Landscape 2016

Under the tutelage of western landscape photographer Michael Phaling and Leica Akademie instructor Tom Brichta, Leica Akademie has scheduled a series of 4 California workshops covering some of California’s most beautiful and rugged landscapes.

Photographers of all abilities are encouraged to participate. Learn along with experienced landscape photographers that will work to inspire you and your creativity. Learn what it takes to produce your best work and enjoy the demands of photographing the landscape.

In 2017, a traveling exhibit of the participants work will go on display at the Leica Store SF, Leica Store LA, and Camera West in Walnut Creek and Rancho Mirage.

Sign up for any or all of the workshops listed below.


Experiencing the Leica M System

Photojournalist David Butow presents a slideshow of his work with the Leica

Thank you to Leica Akademie instructor Tom Brichta, photojournalist David Butow and all the participants who joined us yesterday for the Leica M Experience Day at Camera West Walnut Creek.

The Leica Akademie provided our participants with a suitcase full of M gear to try out including the M240, the M240 P, and even the new Monochrom 246.

With a small group setting and expert instruction from pros Tom Brichta and David Butow, participants had the opportunity to experience all the advantages of the Leica M system.

Photojournalist David Butow showed us why the Leica M is such an important tool for his work


Leica Akademie instructor Tom Brichta (left) and Dan H go over the M240


David Butow and Michael C (at left) compare images

As always, check out our events link on the Camera West website for upcoming events and don’t miss out on the next one!


Leica in the Landscape: Pt Reyes, CA

Photo by Tom Brichta

Join the Leica Akademie during four days of hands-on instruction in and around the Point Reyes National Seashore.

One of the premier landscape locations in North America, the fog-shrouded seashore of Point Reyes provides a perfect opportunity to be inspired and develop your eye for light, composition, and finding your point of view as a photographer.

Leica Akademie instructor Tom Brichta, and guest photographer Michael Phaling will lead the group through this unique area exploring not only the miles of undeveloped rugged coastline, but also the near by forest and local farms.

The workshop will place an emphasis on photographing the landscape in black & white. Early morning excursions to capture the best light will be combined with afternoon reviews of images and relaxing meals in area restaurants.

Great accommodations and a unforgettable location will provide an opportunity to leave everyday life behind and fully immerse in the learning process.

Topics Covered include:

  • Composition
  • Exposure Control
  • How to see in Black and White
  • What filters to use for black and white photography
  • Metering the landscape
  • Forms and shapes
  • Strategies for editing and processing
  • One on one and group Critique

Who should attend this workshop?
Photographers of all skill levels are welcome to attend this workshop. Attendees should be familiar with the basic functions of their camera and be comfortable with controlling the shutter speed, aperture and ISO controls.

This workshop is ideal for any photographer with an interest in black and white landscape photography and processing in Lightroom and Silver Efex Pro.

Sunday, July 13, 2014 – Thursday, July 17, 2014

Cost $1699.

For more info and to sign up, go to : http://www.cvent.com/d/54qzhm

Photo by Tom Brichta

Photo by Tom Brichta

Photo by Tom Brichta


Upcoming Leica Workshops

Looking for a great Leica shooting & learning experience? Look no further than the Leica Akademie North America.

The Leica Akademie North America continues Leica’s long tradition of photographic education through experiential workshops offered in cities across North America.

The Akademie’s goal is to increase the fun and enjoyment of photography, expand photography knowledge and bring the total Leica experience to a new generation of photographers.

Whether you are an experienced Leica photographer or a novice, there is no better way to learn Leica, than the Leica Akademie. The Akademie offers a wide range of programs throughout the year.

Listed below are the workshops closest to Camera West in Walnut Creek and Rancho Mirage.

  • Leica M 240 Shooting Experience : February 21, 2014 in San Francisco, and February 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Leica in the Landscape : April 22-26, 2014 in Big Sur, CA
  • Leica Compact Camera Photography – Basics : February 8, 2014 in San Francisco, CA and February 1, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Leica Compact Camera Photography – Advanced : February 9, 2014 in San Francisco, CA and February 2, 2014 in Los Angeles, CA
  • Leica & Exclusive Resorts – Destination in Focus : November 5-9, 2014 at the Miraval in Tuscon, Arizona
  • The Truth About Photographs -Developing A Distinctive Visual Style : January 24-26, 2014 in Los Angeles
  • Leica M Owners Workshop : February 22, 2104 in Los Angeles, CA

Contact the Leica Akademie for more info or to sign up.

Email: akademie@leicacamerausa.com

Phone: 201-962-9928

Just a Few Spots Left : M Monochrome Leica Akademie

Many of the world’s most memorable images were shot in black and white, and as any experienced black-and-white shooter can attest, there is still something unique, compelling, and beautiful about this traditional medium.

This one-of-a-kind workshop will let you explore this fascinating monochromatic world using the unique M Monochrom camera. This program combines a class lecture with real world shooting experience. Under the guidance of a seasoned Leica Akademie instructor you’ll gain a more profound understanding of the nuance of the M Monochrom and its ability to capture light, texture, contrast, and tonal gradation.  This workshop will focus on capturing images and getting the most out of the unique sensor used in the M Monochrom.

Topics covered include:
• Pros and Cons of shooting M Monochrom vs. M9 and converting.
• Test Shoot with the M Monochrom.
• Maximizing capture from the M Monochrom, resolution and tonal range.
• What makes a good B&W image?
• Developing a new way of seeing.


Who should attend this Workshop?
If you’ve always wanted to discover the amazing world of light and shadow and all the grays in between and walk away with a clear understanding of the M Monochrom, this is the workshop for you.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

9:00 am – 6:00 pm

Hotel Zoso

150 South Indian Canyon Drive

Palm Springs, California 92262

Cost is $249 and participants will receive a $150 voucher that can be used toward the purchase of a brand new serial numbered Leica M product.

Contact us here at Camera West for more info.

760-992-5422 (Rancho Mirage store)

925-935-1424 (Walnut Creek store)