C.P.T. (Cameras | Places | Techniques) workshop on capturing flowing water

Camera West is excited to announce another C.P.T  (Cameras | Places | Techniques) workshop on capturing flowing water. Richard Herzog, a professional photographer, and educator will be instructing this unique class.

In this workshop, Richard will discuss using long exposure times to capture that soft silky smooth textured look of moving water.  He will lead discussions on different factors such as length of exposure, camera angles and how it affects what exposure time to use, color balance, neutral density filters, variable neutral density filters, polarizing filters, stacking filters, cable release, camera timer and more.

Date: Saturday, July 29th from 5:30 pm – 8 pm

Location: Blackhawk Plaza in Danville.
This will be a technical 1:1 workshop and guidance on participants own equipment will be provided.  The group size is very limited.
To register please call Camera West at 925-935-1424
Cost is $85/per person.
Besides your normal gear and tripod, please bring (if you have);
- cable release
- neutral density filter (in the 3 – 6 stop range)
- polarizing filter
View Richard’s images:  EyeToImage.com

Bodie Workshop: August 20-23, 2017

Join Camera West, Hal Kam, and Thomas Brichta to the Eastern Sierras, to Bodie, California on August 20-23, 2017. The price is $1595/per person. Lodging, three breakfasts, three dinners will be included. Transportation and alcohol are not included. 

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.

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/