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


John Ricca : On Motion and Movement

Thank you to fine art photographer John Ricca and everyone who joined us last night at Camera West Walnut Creek for his presentation on using motion and movement to create unique, fine art images.

John showed us a variety of his evocative images, explaining exactly how he made each one by either letting the subject move and create motion or by purposely moving the camera during long exposures.

John uses his camera to capture a mood and visual experience usually associated with other visual art forms. Much of his work focuses on natural and close-up images that emphasize shapes, textures, and patterns.

John’s images are currently on exhibition at the Camera West Walnut Creek Gallery. They will remain on display through March.

Composition and Design with Gary Faye


Composition and Design
With Gary Faye

Please join us at Camera West in Rancho Mirage for a motivating seminar of inspirational picture ideas.

This monthly workshop will explore how pictures are made with more impact, drama and expression. We will consider many successful image examples of people, still life and the great outdoors. You will unleash your creativity by becoming more aware of light, graphic design, perspective, tension, mood, color and controlling these various elements.

This casual presentation is appropriate for all levels of photographers. There will be time for open conversation, questions and refreshments. Please RSVP early as each monthly session will be limited to just 12 participants.

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Cost : $50.