Nine Favorite Photography Resources in Metro Phoenix

Categories: Visual Art
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Twin Cactus from Identical Otherness by Michelle and Melanie Craven
7. Tilt Gallery
If your looking for inspiration and world-class workshops, check out Tilt Gallery. The space, owned by photographers Michelle and Melanie Craven and Sabine Guedamour, specializes in alternative process photography and hosts annual group, solo, and juried shows (they close for a short time every summer). Tilt's workshops include basic and advanced techniques in historic and alternative process photography as well as presentations from local and visiting artists. More information can be found on the Tilt Gallery website.

6. C.R.I.S. Camera Services
Thanks to gravity, loose gravel, and inevitable bad luck, you're likely to drop that point and shoot, brand new SLR camera or bag of lenses at least once. And when you do, you'll want to head to C.R.I.S.. The Chandler-based repair shops specializes in digital camera and lens repair on, Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Ricoh, Fuji, Sigma, Olympus, Sony, Kodak, Casio, Panasonic, and Samsung cameras, and while the rest of the country has to ship theirs into C.R.I.S., you just have to drive down the I-10.

Location Info


Tempe Camera

606 W. University Drive, Tempe, AZ

Category: General

Tilt Gallery

7046 E. Main St., Scottsdale, AZ

Category: General

Phoenix Art Museum

1625 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ

Category: General

Art Intersection

207 N. Gilbert Road, Gilbert, AZ

Category: General

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All my gear was stolen and I wanted to try out some lenses before I purchased anything new. I went to the rental department at Tempe Camera and my experience there was terrific. I am a moderately experienced armature and I found the guys at the rental counter to be welcoming, non-intimidating and very much willing to work with me on both suggestions for what I should try, how it works and rental pricing. I took a lens out for a week, didn't like it because of the focus mechanism, and they let me swap it out for another lens mid-week at the same price. The pointers and tips they offer are a free bonus.


I've had the same experience in the sales department. Unfortunately, their prices are a little higher than you pay at the big internet retailers and you have to pay taxes, but you are paying for their expertise and assistance that you can't get online. You also get to touch and play with everything before you buy it, which you can't do online. I hate paying more than I have to, but also think it is unfair to use them as a showroom and then go buy from Amazon so I have mixed feelings, but I try to buy from them when the pricing is relatively close.


I highly recommend Tempe Camera.

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