Upcoming Walks & Workshops
Ice Cream and Images
Saturday, September 03 @ 7:00 PM

Join us at my home studio for ice cream and an image share. It’s been awhile since we have shared our images, so bring your summer travel masterpieces as well as any images from our past events. For those of you that follow our dessert-themed gatherings… I’ll bring the ice cream. We always have way more than we can eat, so no need to bring anything unless you are craving a certain topping for your ice cream. There will also be fat free frozen yogurt for the calorie conscious (like me). It will be a casual time of enjoying each other's work and receiving feedback from other photographers. We will be projecting images with my digital projector, so bring 10-15 or so of your images on CD/DVD or flashdrive. It’s a free event.

Please email me for studio address and directions.

Let's Photograph Old Cars!
Saturday, September 10 @ 10:00 AM

The Vintage Alley Car Show in Hayward is my favorite car show as a photographer because of the background of the old Historic downtown Hayward buildings. Vintage Alley is an antique 1930’s, 40’s, and 50’s inspired boutique with a salon, so period dressed and styled models are walking around the cars and adding to a great nostalgic atmosphere. In addition to the vintage cars, there will be live music, vendors, and food. We will meet when the show opens at 10 a.m. on the street near the Vintage Alley Boutique, located at 1037 B Street. This is a free event.

Bird Photography at Sunrise
Saturday, September 17 @ 6:00 AM

Please join us for an exciting morning of birding with local photographer Kenneth Wong. We'll meet at the Hayward shoreline and Ken will talk about some of the techniques and equipment used for making successful bird pictures. Then we will walk out to the shoreline to capture images. Bring your long lenses and your walking shoes. It’s about a mile hike to the water on a flat paved trail. Our meeting spot will be the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center located at 4901 Breakwater Avenue in Hayward. This is a free event.


Past Events

Shoot the Moon at Sunol Regional Park Past Event
Tuesday, August 16 @ 7:00 PM

This is a free event. Let’s meet at Sunol Regional Park to shoot the moon rising before sunset. The hills in this region are full of wonderful old oak trees and there are several spots to photograph the moon rising behind one. Pack a jacket, tripod, and a long lens for sure (although I would bring it all). There may be a little bit of walking, but on a flat, paved trail. The park is located at 1895 Geary Road, and quite a ways off the beaten track. As you enter the park, pass the kiosk and the visitor center. There will be a right hand turn into a parking lot by the horse stables of Western Trail Riding Services (perhaps you can GPS it). Park there by the horse stables. We will begin shooting there. FYI, there is no cell phone service out there, so please contact me early if you need to reach me.

Outdoor Natural Light Portraits Workshop Past Event
Saturday, August 06 @ 5:00 PM

Let’s photograph people. I have been a portrait photographer for a LONG time in Castro Valley. My family business, Worthington Photography, is 40 years old this month (I’m second generation, and really not that old). But I’m an old school portrait photographer (in style), who still shoots for large wall portraits and prints. I love the traditional portrait lighting patterns, my hand-held light meter, tripod, and reflector. We’ll talk about equipment and exposure, and I’ll show you how to find flattering light for photographing people. We’ll start with a talk and demonstration, and then I’ll turn you loose to photograph a model. We will meet at the portrait location. The workshop is $25 and you can sign up on this site by hitting the “sign up” button below and I will contact you with directions to the location.

Another Cool Iphone Photography Workshop Past Event
Saturday, July 16 @ 10:00 AM

It’s back by popular demand… Kimberly Alameda will return to teach us how to take better cell phone images. She will show us her totally cool techniques from landscapes to selfies and demonstrate her favorite image processing app. Are you getting the most out of your camera phone? Want to up your selfie game? Do you want to learn how to take iPhone images that aren’t dark or blurry? And take pictures that you can print and actually frame? Then this is a fun beginning iPhone photography class for you! We will learn panoramic photography and practice with apps including Snapseed, Tangled, and an intro to Leonardo – new stuff for those of you who have taken her class before. The workshop will take place at the scenic Hayward Japanese Tea Gardens, where we will find lots of great subjects to practice with. The workshop is $25, and you can pay on this site by hitting the sign-up button below.

We will meet at the Hayward Japanese Tea Gardens at 10am. Please email me for directions.

Night Photography at the Alameda County Fair Past Event
Tuesday, June 28 @ 8:00 PM

Let’s practice long exposure night photography at the Alameda County Fair, where there are endless photo opportunities, especially after the sun goes down. It’s great fun to push the boundaries of time when the carnival rides and attractions become a land of color and lights just after sunset. Grab your tripod and meet me at the giant ferris wheel at 8pm. It’s a free photo club event, but it costs to get into the fair. Admission before 5:00 on Tuesdays is only $2, and after 5:00 it’s $12.

You can buy your tickets online and save time at the ticket booth. It is also $10 for parking. You may want to arrive before 5:00 and make an afternoon of it. Be sure to see the photography exhibit, where Castro Valley Photo Club photographers have won ribbons. Meet me just before sunset when we may have pretty color in the sky. The fair is open until 11:00.

Creating Bokeh in Landscape Photography Past Event
Saturday, June 18 @ 2:00 PM

This is a fun and informative workshop that’s dear to my heart – creating bokeh in landscape photography. We are going to practice capturing those wonderful swirls of light in your blurred background. Bokeh is more than a shallow depth of field. It is the quality of the blur (shapes, colors, and textures) in your out of focus areas. Bokeh is not random and doesn’t have to be a surprise when it shows up in your photography. Learn how to identify the conditions essential for capturing bokeh in your landscapes. It’s all about light and distances combined with aperture and focal length. We will start at my studio for a discussion and slide presentation, then practice at a garden about 20 minutes away. This is more distance than I usually put between presentation and shooting, but it will be worth the drive. We are starting early, as the park closes early but I have photographed here a lot, and the conditions are right (weather permitting) for finding the bokeh-producing light in areas of the garden. You will find many more treasures there to photograph too! It’s $25, and you can sign up on this site by hitting the “sign up” button below.

We will meet at my studio at 2:00 and carpool to the gardens. Please email me for studio address and directions.

Garin at Sunset Past Event
Saturday, April 30 @ 6:30 PM

This is a free event. Let’s get together and photograph Garin Park in Hayward. There is so much to photograph at Garin – vintage farm equipment, a barn, a creek, a pond, plants, cattle (sometimes), hills, trails, and a view of the Bay. Bring your hiking boots, tripod, and a flashlight (in case we stay in the hills until dark). We’ll meet in the parking lot at the flag pole at 6:30.

Bridges of Castro Valley Past Event
Saturday, April 23 @ 4:30 PM

Let’s photograph bridges in my hometown. Castro Valley has creeks and many of the residents and parks have wonderful old bridges. I can take you to photograph a few of them. Some are popular and some are tucked away, but they all are rustic and photogenic. We will meet at my studio and carpool to the bridges. It’s $25, and you can pay on this site by hitting the signup button below.

We will meet at my studio at 5:00 and carpool to the bridges. Please email me for studio address and directions.

A Ghost Ranch and a Good Hike Past Event
Saturday, April 16 @ 2:00 PM

We have the remains of an old historic, abandoned dairy ranch in the Castro Valley hills. It’s a beautiful three-hour round trip hike and the hills are green and full of wild flowers right now. So, we are going to make an afternoon of it. The trail is rated “difficult” but I know a different way (no promises). It’s long and flat, but will include a climb over a gate (easy). The ranch is located on an EBMUD permit trail that I can get us onto… there are enough of us with trail permits to cover those that don’t have them (we are allowed guests). Bring food and water and as much equipment as you want to carry.

We will meet at my studio for a short presentation and then carpool to the trailhead, just five minutes away. It’s $25, and you can pay online using the signup link below.

Please email me for address and directions to my home studio.

Sunset and a Crescent Moon in the Castro Valley Hills Past Event
Saturday, April 09 @ 6:15 PM

Let’s photograph the crescent moon that will appear shortly after the sun goes down (if no clouds block our view). The crescent moon is one of my favorite lunar phases and I will show you where to find it before it sets and how to photograph it. Learn how easy it is to photograph the moon in manual exposure, as trying to photograph it in auto or semi auto mode (aperture priority, etc.) may confuse your camera.

It is sometimes a toss up between sunset and moonset… if we have great clouds for the sunset, we may not see the crescent (as both set in the same direction), but it should be a good shoot either way. We will meet at my studio for a slide presentation and talk, then carpool to the trail head. There will be a short hike (maybe 1/4-1/2 mile) on a dirt trail. Please bring solid shoes, tripods, jackets, and flashlights.

It’s $25, and you can pay online using the signup link below. Please email me for address and directions to my home studio.

Tiramisu and Review Past Event
Saturday, April 02 @ 7:00 PM

We are not going to photograph it -- we are going to EAT it! Join us at my home studio for desserts and our monthly image share. Those of you that follow our dessert-themed gatherings (Pie & Pictures, Ice Cream & Images, Oreo & Show), know that I’m most proud of the title of this one. And I’ll bring the Tiramisu. We always have more dessert than we can eat. Please bring either images from our past outings or any other image favorites (or not so favorite) that you would like to show and receive feedback. It will be a casual time of enjoying each other's work and receiving feedback from other photographers. We will project images with my digital projector, so bring ten or so of your images on CD/DVD or flashdrive. It’s a free event.

Please email me for studio address and directions.

Shoot The Moon Past Event
Tuesday, March 22 @ 6:15 PM

Let’s photograph the moon rising at sunset in the Castro Valley Hills. We will take a short hike on a dirt trail that will lead us to a view of the moon rising in the east, and a view of the sun setting in the west. Dress warmly and bring a tripod, long lens, and flashlight. We will meet at my studio at 6:15 for a short presentation and carpool to the trailhead, just ten minutes away.

The workshop is $25, unless you are registered as a monthly student (see details in the Activities section on this page). You can qualify for a free Shoot the Moon workshop if you pre-pay four events in advance. Payment can be made online by hitting the signup button below.

We will meet at my studio at 6:15. Please email me for address and directions.

Sunset Hike in the Castro Valley Hills Past Event
Saturday, March 19 @ 5:30 PM

Photographers you will want to know this spot! It's a short hike to get to, and there are great views in all directions. This is one of my favorite hiking trails and I have a pass to give us access to it. We will meet at my studio and carpool to the trail head. It's $25 and you can sign up and pay on this site. Just hit the signup button below.

We will meet at my studio at 5:30. Please email me for directions.

Pastry and Pictures Past Event
Saturday, March 05 @ 7:00 PM

Join us at my home studio for desserts and our monthly image share. For those of you that follow our dessert-themed gatherings… I’ll bring the pastry. We always have way more than we can eat. We will show our images from past outings and any other images you would like to bring. It will be a casual time of enjoying each other's work and receiving feedback from other photographers. We will be projecting images with my digital projector, so bring ten or so of your images on CD/DVD or flashdrive. It’s a free event.

Please email me for studio address and directions.

Wildflowers on the Castro Valley Trails Past Event
Saturday, February 27 @ 4:00 PM

It has been awhile since we have had a good hike, although this is a short one. Let me show you my stomping grounds in the neighborhood of my childhood home in Castro Valley. The hills are green and full of wildflowers. We’ll meet at my studio, a short distance from a couple of trail options and a view of Fairmont Ridge at sunset. It’s $25, and you can pay on this site by hitting the “sign up” button below.

We will meet at my studio at 4 PM. Please email me for directions.

Shoot the Moon at Meek Estate Past Event
Saturday, February 20 @ 5:15 PM

Join us to photograph the moon rising above the Meek Mansion at sunset. It is actually two days before the full moon, but timed so that the moon will clear the mansion at sunset, which is the perfect time to photograph it. We’ll have enough light out to capture detail on the mansion, detail in the moon, and hopefully, a pretty sunset sky. The workshop is $25, unless you are registered as a monthly student (see details in the Activities section on this page). You can pay online by hitting the signup button below.

We will meet at Meek Estate at 5:15. Please email me for directions.

Weekly and Monthly Activities
Weekly Photo Walks
Typically on Mondays and Saturdays

Join us Mondays and Saturdays as we set out to explore and photograph Castro Valley and the local area’s lesser known scenery. Drop-in for only $25, or as a monthly student.

Monthly Student

You can pay for four classes in advance for $100 and receive some additional benefits. Monthly Shoot the Moon workshops are included in this option. You will also be invited to participate in our on-going local displays at both Knudsen's Ice Creamery and the Hayward Sun Gallery. Sign up.

Image Share

The first Saturday of each month is devoted to a free image share session. Bring your digital images to the studio at 7PM and enjoy feedback from other photographers as we project and discuss them.

Teen Classes
Castro Valley Photography: Explore - Learn - Capture
(Fridays from 4 - 6 PM)

Teen classes are geared towards hands-on learning. Students will discover their cameras' capabilities, allowing them to take control of their camera instead of relying on it's auto mode. They will learn the fundamentals of good exposure, lighting and composition.

Teen students are invited to attend the monthly Shoot the Moon workshop for free and to participate in our on-going displays at Knudsen's Ice Creamery and the Hayward Sun Gallery

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"Shoot The Moon" Workshops
(Monthly) Date, Time and Location Vary

Join us each month when the full moon rises at sunset. Come learn what it takes to get the detail in the moon while preserving the detail of the foreground. Drop-in for only $25, or sign up as a Montly Student (see above) and attend our Shoot The Moon Workshops for free.

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