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Hello Again,


Thank you for an enjoyable year in 2012.  We look forward to continued friendship and growth in  2013.  We will have more exciting events, more classes and of course, more of the most interesting new and used equipment.  The events start right away, the new classes start right away and the equipment is already arriving.


You can follow our events here: Upcoming Events   and our new and used equipment updates here: Equipment Updates.  Thank you again for your support.




Camera West


 Night Photography Workshop
Night Photography

Join us April 23-25, 2013, in the Alabama Hills (just outside of Lone Pine, CA) and Death Valley National Park for three nights of nocturnal photography. All skill levels are encouraged to attend, particularly beginners and those experienced photographers looking for new, creative, and collaborative ways to create images.

This workshop will cover how to make photographs utilizing low light situations, moonlit scenes, star trails, star points, and how to stack multiple images digitally to achieve ultra-long exposures. Students will learn how to evaluate existing lighting conditions, gain proper exposure for low light situations, and how to properly introduce artificial lighting to a scene. 

There will be plenty of field shooting time, classroom instruction, and one on one reviews of student's portfolios. This portfolio review will cover work completed during the workshop. Staff to student ratio will be kept to a minimum to ensure there is plenty of instruction time available to them. 
This is avery special event!
Please contact Michael for more info and to sign up    
Jason Bradley Workshops
   Walnut Creek Rancho Mirage


Natural Flow Natural Flow



Contact Camera West in Walnut Creek or Rancho Mirage for more details on these and other workshops Jason is leading this coming spring.
New! Camera West Photo Walk 
Cataract Creek Waterfalls Hike 
                                                                                                                           Photo by Michael Maloney 

Take a hike with Michael from Camera West in Walnut Creek on this photo walk alongside beautiful Cataract Creek on the north slope of Mt Tamalpais in Marin County. The winter rains provide plenty of water for tiny Cataract Creek producing a series of small waterfalls that drop through a forest canopy of redwood, Douglas fir, oak, and maple trees.

This photo walk is for photographers of all abilities. Only requirements are a camera that will allow you to manually set the shutter speed, and a sturdy tripod. Michael will show you how to photograph moving water and offer some tips to get that silky smooth look to the water. Sign up early for this photo walk as it will be limited to just 12 participants.

Catarct Creek Falls  10 Minute Exposure
                                                                                                                           Photo by Michael Maloney
Sunday, February 24, 2013       
Cost  : $25.00 

Please Contact Michael to Sign Up 


New! Photo Library Sale!    




There are some real treasures in used books. We have accumulated  a number of fine, used books through the years and are offering them to you at deep discounted prices. Come by and check them out at our Walnut Creek store.


New! Nikon Series 1 Cameras   


Nikon S1


 The Nikon 1 S1 is a new entry-level mirrorless camera with a 10.1MP CMOS sensor, Expeed 3A processor, 11-27.5mm lens, 100-6400 ISO, an impressive 73-point AF array and has the ability to shoot 15FPS bursts with continuous focus. Comes in a variety of colors to choose from : black, white, red, green, and even pink! Available in February with a retail price of $499.95.

Nikon J3

The Nikon 1 J3, on the other hand, is an upgrade to the still somewhat new J2. The 10.1MP CMOS sensor has been replaced by a 14.3MP one, and the processor gets an upgrade to Expeed 3A. You'll find the same 73-point AF array as the S1, an ISO range of 160-6400, and a 10-30mm kit lens. Comes in a wide range of colors to choose from : black, red, beige, and silver. The J3 also becomes available in February, with a price tag of $599.95.



New! Canon PowerShot N  


PowerShot N


Canon has unveiled a host of new Powershot cameras at CES 2013, including the new Powershot N, a camera with lots of personality packed into an extremely small frame. The new Powershot N offers instant sharing capabilities, designed to turn the compact camera into an Instagram-style shooter complete with all the effects filters.

The N has Wi-Fi built-in, a flip up, screen, 8x optical zoom all in a tiny form factor. It features a 2.8-inch tilting touch screen, and a 28mm wide-angle optical zoom lens.

PowerShot N key features: 

  • Unique design
  • 8x zoom, 28mm lens; Intelligent IS
  • 12.1 MP CMOS sensor with DIGIC 5 processor
  • Wi-Fi; GPS via mobile
  • Mobile Device Connect Button
  • Built in Creative Shot filters
  • Any Way Up operation; Tilt-up touchscreen
  • Full HD video capture
  • Hybrid Auto; Smart Auto (58 scenes) 

The Powershot N will be available in April for $299.99, and come in both black and white.    



New! from FujiFilm     


Fujifilm HS50EXR


Fujifilm has introduced a handful of new FinePix cameras at CES 2013, headlined by the HS50EXR, which aims to please those who love point and shoots, but aren't quite ready to make the jump to a DSLR. This super zoom bridge camera captures photos at 16 megapixels, records 1080p video at 60fps and features a 3-inch tilting LCD screen. Loaded with a manual zoom lens and a 42x focal length range, the camera will be available in March with a $550 price tag.

FinePix HS50EXR Key features:

  • FUJINON 42x optical manual zoom (F/2.8-5.6 24-1000mm) with Optical Image Stabilization
  • 16MP ˝" CMOS sensor
  • Continuous shooting:11fps at full resolution  
  • Full HD movie 1080P/60fps with continuous phase detection AF and stereo sound
  • 3.0" Variable-Angle LCD screen (920K-dot)
  • High Resolution EVF (920K-dot) with eye sensor
  • "Q" button for direct control of settings
  • Super Macro to 0.39"
  • Manual exposure control (P/S/A/M modes)
  • Focus Peaking function on the LCD screen
  • RAW shooting (RAW, JPEG, RAW+JPEG image capture modes)
  • Advanced Filters
  • External microphone input (microphones sold separately)
  • Hotshoe attachment for the use of external flash
  • Lithium Ion battery with up to 500 shots per charge


Fuji X100S and X20
The new X100S and X20

Also announced by FujiFilm are updated versions of their popular X100 and X10.

The X100S retains its predecessor's classic styling but adds new 16MP X-Trans sensor that includes on-chip phase-detection elements. A faster 'EXR II' processor is onboard making this one fast auto-focusing camera.
However for those who want to manually focus this camera, a split-screen focusing view with peaking (edge highlighting) helps you achieve tack sharp focus. The X100S will retail for $1299.95.

The X20 uses the same basic design as the X10, including its fast 28-112mm equivalent F2-2.8 zoom lens. It adds a completely new sensor, a 2/3"-type version of the X-Trans CMOS design used in the company's X-system cameras but with added 3D on-chip phase detection auto focus. It also gains an 'advanced optical viewfinder' that's capable of displaying overlaid exposure information. The X20 will retail for $599.95


New! from ThinkTank    


The Sub Urban Disguise 5


ThinkTank will soon be releasing a new concept in premium quality camera shoulder bags, the Sub Urban Disguise. The Sub Urban Disguises are designed for the professional photographer seeking smaller capacity camera bags and amateur photographers upgrading their bodies or using one to two lenses along with their new body.
The Sub Urban Disguise Series will be available in four sizes: the Sub Urban™ Disguise 5, Sub Urban™ Disguise 10, Sub Urban™ Disguise 20, and Sub Urban™ Disguise 30. Their features include a flip-top lid that folds away from the body to provide quick and unencumbered access to gear. The series meets the high-quality design standards of the original Think Tank Urban Disguise® series, but for smaller gear or photographers who want to travel light.

Behind Photographs

Look at an iconic photo from the past and rarely do you know the photographer behind it. San Diego based photographer Tim Mataoni is changing that with a book project titled 'Behind Photographs: Archiving Photographic Legends'. The book profiles some of the most iconic photos of the last century alongside the photographer who took them.

Legendary rock photographer Jim Marshall sat for Mataoni as he used a 20X24-inch Polaroid view camera, as has Walter Iooss, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders, Pete Turner, Elliott Erwitt, Mary Ellen Mark, David Doubilet, Douglas Kirkland, Roberto Salas among many others.

Above, Sports Illustrated photographer Neil Leifer holds his classic Muhammad Ali as he is photographed by Mataoni. 

Check out more of Mataoni's portraits on the
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