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.

Creative Workflow in Lightroom Workshop

Thank you to Jason Bradley and all who joined us at Camera West in Walnut Creek for his expert Lightroom instruction over the weekend.

Jason lead a 2 day workshop to teach us the essential techniques for a proper workflow in Lightroom. We learned about RAW file workflow, image developing, folder organization, asset management, file storage, key wording, exporting, and many more tips.

This same workshop will be held in our store in Rancho Mirage this coming weekend, March 28 and 29. Details here :

Camera West Eastern Sierra Workshop

Aspen in full fall colors in the eastern Sierra

Hal Kam of Camera West in Walnut Creek reports that the fall colors in the eastern Sierra are in full swing and has the photos to prove it.

Hal is currently leading a five day Camera West workshop to the eastern Sierra hitting all the classic photo ops : Bodie, June Lake Loop, Lundy Canyon, Mono Lake, Alabama Hills and the Bristlecone Forest. Judging by his photos, it looks like the perfect time to be there. Of course the photos he’s sending back are just iPhone photos…we’ll have to wait until he gets back to see the “real” photos taken with the Leica S2. I’m sure they will be spectacular!

The Arch view of Mt Whitney from Alabama Hills.

Annamarie stands by a fallen ancient Bristlecone Pine

If you would like to join Hal next year, contact him when he gets back at Camera West in Walnut Creek.


File to Print Workshop

Thank you to Jason Bradley and all the participants of the File to Print workshop which was held over the weekend at Camera West in Walnut Creek.

Students learned all about raw processing, developing techniques, color management, using ICC profiles, choosing the right paper and how to make a final print, which they did with our in-house Canon printer.

Jason Bradley works one to one with File to Print client Roz as they optimize her photo for printing via Adobe Lightroom.

We had a good group of enthusiastic photographers who brought in their favorite photos and with Jason Bradley's expert instruction, not only learned how to make a print, but made one with our Canon printer.

Jason, 2nd from left, shares a laugh with his clients as they look over their images.

Each File to Print participant had the opportunity to make a 17 x 22 inch print. Here Jason helps Phil mount his photo.

Keep checking the Events link to the left of this page for more Camera West Events. Jason will be leading another File to Print Workshop in the spring, including a workshop on Adobe Lightroom.