Wednesday, February 23, 2011


Personalized Instruction with a Professional

We are very pleased to be offering individual instruction tailored to your photographic skill level and unique needs. There will be no distractions from fellow students, no need to feel self-conscious about your questions, and no feelings of being too far ahead or falling behind.

Michael Maloney, our veteran Photojournalist of 30 plus years has photographed super bowls, world series, the Olympics, and an amazing list of other feature, sports, and news events. He brings this experience, amazing photographic enthusiasm, and a teacher's patience to you with each one to one session.

Call us at Camera West in Walnut Creek (925-935-1424) or email us at to sign up for your one-to-one, 1 - hour session here at Camera West.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Presidents Project

Patrick Witty, the international picture editor at Time Magazine, first conceived his presidents project in 2007. He was in the process of naming his son which led him to think about the importance of names.

Witty says, “This was the first conceptual portrait series I had undertaken and struggled to come up with a thread that would link the pictures. Ultimately I decided that the thread would be history—each photograph would make reference to a historic image of the president. Most of the references are made through body language or composition. Some are geographical or purely historical. I scoured the Internet researching photographs of presidents."

"For example, since George Washington was the first president, and the first in my series, I wanted to reference the very first portrait made of him, a painting from 1772 by Charles Willson Peale. The hand over the heart added another dimension to the picture, especially when considering where it was taken."

"Another example is Calvin Coolidge, since he raised alpacas, I searched for a photograph of President Coolidge with animals."

"With baby Barack, it was easy, since there are very few pictures of President Obama as a child.”

Witty shot the project using a Crown Graphic 4×5 camera from the 1950’s that he said helped him gain the sympathy of his subjects, because the equipment seemed so cumbersome to set up. With each subject he recorded an interview that became part of the short multimedia pieces that were featured on the New York Times’ Lens blog.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

A Man of Vision

Pete Eckert calls himself a visual artist but it wasn't until he went blind that he really started to see things.

"I can see lots of ... really weird things," Eckert say. "I feel light so strongly that it allows me to see the bones in my skeleton as pulsating energy, or like in an X-ray. At times I can sort of see sound. Sometimes I can even see things from the back of my head."

Check out this video of Eckert, beautifully shot and edited by Christian Schneider who used a Canon 5D Mark II.

Eckert's website :

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Must Do Adventure at Camera West

Don't miss this opportunity. Space is limited. Call us at Camera West in Walnut Creek (925-935-1424) or email us at to reserve your spot.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Must See Workshop at Camera West

Don't miss this opportunity. Space is limited. Call us at Camera West in Walnut Creek (925-935-1424) or email us at to reserve your spot.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

The Last Kodachrome Images

Steve McCurry
With the last roll of Kodachrome from Kodak's Rochester plant loaded into his Nikon F6, National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry headed east, intending to document visual artists like himself with the last 36 exposure roll of the discontinued film.

McCurry traveled from Rochester, NY to his home in Manhattan and then off to Bombay, Rajasthan, Istanbul, and London taking photos along the way and finally to Dwayne's Photo in Parsons, Kansas - the only lab on Earth that still processed Kodachrome. Dwayne's Photo stopped processing Kodachrome in December.

Check out all the great images he made on that last roll in this article in Vanity Fair.

For a background on the story, read our July, 2010 blog post.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bruce Dorn DSLR Video Presentation

Thank you to everyone who attended the Bruce Dorn DSLR Video presentation last night at the Shadelands Art Center in Walnut Creek. Bruce showed us some amazing videos he shot and produced with Canon DSLRs and shared with us some tips to get great videos.

Bruce also demonstrated the iDC SYSTEM ZERO, a compact and modular follow-focus solution for filmmakers who wish to maximize the utility of their HDSLRs. Fast and easy lens changes highlight this affordable follow-focus design as there are no gears to worry about.  It works on the Canon 5D MKII, 7D, 60D and the Nikon D7000 and we will carry it along with other iDC Photo Video products in our Walnut Creek store.

Earlier in the day, Bruce stopped by Camera West in Walnut Creek to show us the iDC SYSTEM ZERO.

We are now carrying Bruce Dorn's iDC Photo Video products in our store in Walnut Creek. Come by and check them out.