New Date: Bob Holmes chat about upcoming Lumaria Workshop to Cuba!

Please note there is a revised date for this chat. The new date is Thursday, February 16, from 6:30-7:30 p.m. To reserve your spot for this free event, please call 925-935-1424 or email 
Interested in going to Cuba?
Lumaria Workshops presents a once and a lifetime opportunity to travel to Cuba with professional photographers. On Thursday, February 16th, meet one of the photographers hosting this excursion: five-time Travel Photographer of the Year recipient, Bob Holmes.  Bob will explain his travel experiences and reasons why Cuba is a photographer’s dream.  In addition to valuable travel photography tips, Bob will share his 40 years of experience shooting in many of the world’s most remote and inaccessible places.  In April 2017, Bob will be hosting a lucky group of photographers to explore some of his favorite places on the island.  Accompanying Bob will be Chris Baker, who has literally written the book on Cuba.  Chris is National Geographic‘s Cuba expert and has authored two National Geographic Guides, as well as the Moon Guide to Cuba.
Please join us on Thursday, February 16th from 6:30-7:30 pm, for this free informational lecture! To reserve a spot, please call us to RSVP at (925)935-1424.
To read up more about the workshop please visit our previous post:  Lumaria Workshop in Cuba, April 2017

Lumaria Workshop Cuba: April 9-18, 2017

Lumaria Workshops presents a once and a lifetime opportunity to travel to Cuba with professional photographers, Christopher P. Baker, Bob Holmes, Andrea Johnson, and Tom Brichta.

This ten-day excursion will travel to Havana and Trinidad. Some highlights of the trip will include a visit to the Cuban National Ballet School, the Ernest Hemingway Museum, and more. The fantastic itinerary and more information about the workshop can be found here:

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

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