Zen Workshop with David Butow: May 6-7 and 9th

David Butow showed us images from his "Seeing Buddha" project

Camera West Walnut Creek friend and customer, David Butow has a Zen Workshop coming up on the first weekend of May in Oakland and Berkeley followed by a day at the Japanese Tea Garden in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park.

The weekend workshop is designed as a two-day project and Tuesday, May 9th is an optional add-on or may be taken separately. From architecture to calligraphy to painting, visual aesthetics have been an integral part of Zen philosophy and expression. This workshop fuses concepts of clarity of mind with photography to help those at all levels find heightened ways of seeing and communicating with the camera. Through personalized discussion, editing and a simplified approach when photographing, we work on refining each photographer’s own vision and style.

The workshop is led by photojournalist David Butow, who has worked on assignments in dozens of countries around the world, primarily in Asia and the Middle East. His most recent project, Seeing Buddha, contains photographs from over 10 countries including Bhutan, Burma, India, Japan and Sri Lanka, and has been published in The New York Times, National Geographic and Tricycle Magazine. In 2015, he presented the series as a guest lecturer at Stanford University’s Ho Center for Buddhist Studies. Assisting the weekend workshop will be Andrew Andrawes, a former Zen Workshop student who holds a Post-Baccalaureate in photography from the San Francisco Art Institute, and has broad experience in the field as a freelance photographer, customer rep at a camera store and studio manager.

For more information or to reserve a place at the Workshop please email, zenphotoworkshop@gmail.com or check out his workshop at Zen Workshops.

CPT: Cameras | Places | Techniques with Richard Herzog: Introduction to Capturing Panoramas

CPT: Cameras | Places | Techniques with Richard Herzog

Introduction to Capturing Panoramas
Where: Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco
When: Saturday, March 25th, 3:00-6:00p.m.

Learn why multiple images stitched together can have advantages to one individual image taken with a wide-angle lens. I will explain the basics of shooting multiple images for stitching together at another time. The image above was created from multiple images and stitches together. This technique will be explained during this workshop and during part two, at a later date.

This event will be weather permitting. Please dress in layers, San Francisco weather can change hourly. This workshop is limited to 8 participants and is $85/per person. To sign up for this workshop, please call the store at 925-935-1424.

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 http://www.depaolapictures.com/

Santa Fe 2015 Workshop

The San Miguel Chapel in Santa Fe is the oldest church building in the US, built in 1610. Photo by Hal Kam

Thank you to all the participants who joined Hal Kam for the recent Camera West Santa Fe, New Mexico workshop. Hal arranged the perfect itinerary of great photo opportunities and delicious restaurants so a great time was had by all.

Historic Santa Fe, New Mexico’s capital, sits in the Sangre de Cristo foothills and is renowned for its Pueblo-style architecture, and as a creative arts hotbed. Workshop participants also visited the towns of Taos, Gallup, and Chimayo, each town offering its own unique sights and historic architecture.

Aside from the Santa Fe Plaza, highlights of the trip were visits to the Puye Cliff Dwellings, Acoma Sky City, Tent Rock National Park and the Historic Route 66.

If interested in more info or joining Hal on his 2016 workshop (location yet to be determined), give him a call at Camera West Walnut Creek. 925-935-1424

Shadows and light inside the San Miguel Chapel. Photo by Hal Kam

Ancient adobe walls offer an interesting contrast to the deep blue New Mexico sky. Photo by Hal Kam

Ristra (drying chili pods) is a common sight throughout New Mexico. Photo by Hal Kam

Hal Kam (3rd from right) and his workshop participants at the Puye Cliff Dwellings seen in the background.

Anza Borrego Workshop

Join us Saturday May 2nd for a workshop in one of California’s most beautiful State Parks. We will be holding a workshop from 3pm-11pm in the heart of Anza Borrego State Park. This workshop will be broken up into 3 sessions. Ben will be there to give you tips, and techniques on how to capture some photos that will make it worth your while!

Photo by Ben Carpenter

First, we will head over to the Desert Garden’s area for some macro photography. We will explore various techniques of using speed lights and diffusers to capture the finer details of the desert landscapes.

Photo by Ben Carpenter

After we spend sometime shooting macro photography at Desert Gardens we will head over to Font’s Point. Font’s Point over looks the Anza Borrego Valley. Hopefully we will have a beautiful sunset to capture some unique shots from the point and the outstanding desert badlands.

Photo by Ben Carpenter

Following sunset at we will head into Borrego Springs to grab dinner, and then back out to shoot some night photography right outside of town. Outside of Borrego Springs there are many, rather large, iron sculptures that are great subjects for night photography. We will work on light painting and long exposure photography, and even lighting these statues with everyday items… like your cell phone!

Things to bring:

All you need besides yourself is your camera and a good tripod, but we do recommend that you bring some of the following items if you have them available.

  • Lens with Macro Capabilities
  • Cable Release
  • Diffuser, speed light, flashlight or light source for night photography
  • A Sweater (the desert gets cold at night!)
  • Good hiking shoes

Some of roads are dirt, so if you have a truck, SUV, or some vehicle with a little bit more ground clearance that would be recommended. We will have a truck there if anyone needs a ride to the specific locations.

Time: Sautrday, May 2nd 3pm – 11pm

Location: Anza Borrego State Park

Price: $185

For more info contact:

Ben Carpenter

Ben@camerawest.com

760-992-5422