Welcome to the Alameda Photographic Society

We invite you to explore photography through friendship, workshops, competition and learning programs. Look around, get to know our photographers, our mission, places we visit and the excitement of expression; better yet come to one of our meetings and see for yourself.


Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

We meet semi-monthly on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m. at 2441 San Jose Ave. in Alameda, CA (with the exception of December and the fourth Tuesday in July).  Look for the side door of the First Christian Church.  It says Fellowship Hall; just come up the stairs to find our group. 

To compete with your images and have trained judges provide feedback, join our ClubCLICK HERE to download the application, or CLICK HERE to pay your dues with PayPal.

You can also join our Meet-up to receive meeting announcements:  http://www.meetup.com/Alameda-Photographic-Society/

Competition nights are on 2nd Tuesdays (Not in December). Program nights are on the 4th Tuesdays (not in December).

Current News --

IMPORTANT NEWS - We have changed the monthly APS Competition upload deadlines - To help keep the competition evenings running as smooth as possible and timely, we will be encouraging our guest judges to preview the competition images before the actual competition time.  It is thought that by previewing the images, the judge can better focus on the critiques in a more concise manner. In order to provide this early preview capability, we will need to close the competition upload center sooner to Monday night (midnight) for the next day’s Tuesday night competition.    

Photomontage video. At the request of several members wanting to know how he constructed his winning "Return to Mortibank Manor" image, Jeff Dunn has posted a Youtube video showing transitions of the 30+ layers that went into the image. The music with the video is of his own composition. Search Youtube under MORTIBANK to see it.

In memoriam  As many of you may know, fellow member and elected Board member Allen Hirsch died over the Holidays. We passed on our condolences to the family and some of us were fortunate enough to join in services to celebrate his life. While he will be missed, his legacy and inspiration will live on within us.

Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C) Newsletter (currently on hiatus) -- Latest N4C competition results CLICK HERE


May 2016

May 7 and 8: Park Street Spring Fair -- Please join us Mother’s Day weekend in celebrating the Park Street Spring Fair by manning the Alameda Photographic Society interactive booth.   Here is an opportunity to share the excitement and fun of photography with thousands of visitors and show off some of our own pictures.  Here we have a spin‐wheel to give away prizes and raffles, talk about photography and other subjects, encourage others to participate in workshops, competition or simply direct them to the Alameda Historical Museum to see our annual exhibit. Please sign up for a two hour slot between 10am and 6pm by either completing the sign‐up sheet during our general meetings or you can simply send an email to davidweintraub2@comcast.net. Slot times are 8‐10am (setup on Saturday only), 10‐12noon, 12‐2pm, 2‐4pm and 4pm‐6pm.

Tuesday, May 10: Competition Night --To compete you must be a member, but all are welcome to attend. The categories are Pictorial, Journalism, and Travel.  You are allowed two images per category.  Remember that for Cash for Images, the image must be photographed since our April meeting. The topic is "Out of Focus."   You may submit as many images as you would like for $1.00 each. Please pay the Club Treasurer (Paul) as soon as you arrive at the meeting.

Our judge will be Melanie Lewert, a Milpitas resident. Her biography: Taking pictures since she received her first camera in 1969, a Kodak Brownie Holiday, she became enamored with capturing the world on film. In college she purchased her first 35mm camera—Minolta 370—and found that she had a great eye for black and white. Until she moved onto a digital camera, years later, all of her work was in black and white—enjoying the use of contrast and shadows to tell her story. Since going to digital she has found a photographic voice that is unique unto her. She has won a number of ribbons and has shown her work in several shows, outside of her club’s annual exposition. Photography is more than a hobby for her, it’s a passion—the way she can capture and celebrate life. Melanie is a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA), Milpitas Camera Club (MCC), Fremont Art Association Digital Photographic Group (FAADPG), and Fremont Photographic Society (FPS). Her philosophy can be summed up as: "When I look at a photograph I wonder why the photographer took the picture and what they wanted to say—what’s the “story” behind the picture? There are a lot of photographs out there, but most don’t make you see or feel what the photographer saw and felt when they took the photo—a good photograph does all that and more."

May 1 and 14 -- Annual APS Exhibit at the Alameda Museum. You have the opportunity to show off your best works through the month of May by being part of the Annual APS Exhibit. Information on how to enter and picture hanging guidelines can be obtained by contacting Terry Toomey with information on the pictures you plan to exhibit. Hurry. the deadline is April 23.  On April 30, bring hang‐readied pictures at 10 am to the Museum. Two weeks later on May 14, join us for snacks and drinks at our artists' reception and mingle with the public.  We do ask that you bring something to share (food or drink).

Saturday May 14: Coffee Klatch -- Meet at 10am at the High Street Station in Alameda.  It is a chance for APS members to meet MeetUp members to discuss various aspects of photography, provide free critiques on any images they bring and to talk about our club. If you are interested participating in this “meet and greet” in a casual atmosphere, just sign up on our MeetUp site, www.meetup.com/Alameda‐Photographic‐Society or just show up if you’d like. If you have questions, you can contact Jeff Dunn at jdunn@mmalameda.com.  Don’t forget to patronize High Street Station as there is always something fun to eat or drink while you meet.

Saturday May 21, 2016: Field Trip -- Urban Ore and Ohmega Salvage starts at 9:30am  {Leaderless} Here is a club favorite that gives us a chance to create new and creative images from used and recycled stuff.  Here color and texture meets creativeness.  First stop is Urban Ore located at 900 Murray St, Berkeley.  After a few hours there, we can finish up at Ohmega Salvage located at 2403 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley.  Optional lunch afterwards.

Tuesday, May 24: Program Night: -- Our own member Jeff Dunn will be demonstrating the ins and outs of creative photography as practiced in local through international competitions. He'll also go through some of the processes that he uses to assemble creative images. Handouts will be provided.

June 2016

Saturday June 4, 2016:  Field Trip -- USS Hornet at 10am, We'll take our cameras to an Alameda favorite, exploring the decks and hallways of the retired air craft carrier USS Hornet located at 707 W Hornet Ave, Alameda.

Tuesday, June 14: Competition Night --To compete you must be a member, but all are welcome to attend. The categories are Pictorial, Nature, Creative, and Journalism.  You are allowed two images per category.  Remember that for Cash for Images, the image must be photographed since the May meeting. The theme for Cash for Images is "glasses." You may submit as many images as you would like for $1.00 each. Please pay the Club Treasurer (Paul) as soon as you arrive at the meeting.

Tuesday, June 28: Program Night: Join member David Weintraub in a session on working with layers in Photoshop. He will demonstrate the advantages of using non‐destructive image manipulation as we learn to use the curve tool to make those images pop and clean up images with content aware.

Alameda Photographic Society Affiliations

Northern California Council of Camera Clubs

The Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C) is the umbrella organization for 11 San Francisco Bay Area camera clubs, whose members comprise photography enthusiasts—beginners, amateurs and professionals.

N4C provides an opportunity to grow photographically and compete at an inter-club level. Most individual member clubs hold their own local monthly judged competitions in two photographic mediums, Prints and Projected Images, and in various subject matter.

Join in the fun with N4C and their local camera clubs. Participate in field trips, seminars, and workshops, share learning experiences and camaraderie among fellow photographers in your area! We use the N4C competition definitions and rules for all of our competitions.

Click here for the N4C Competition definitions.

Read the Latest N4C Newsletter (currently on hiatus)

Click here for the latest N4C Competition Results.

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The Photographic Society of America 

The Alameda Photographic Society of America is also a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and its local Chapter, Yerba Buena. The Photographic Society of America is a worldwide organization for anyone interested in photography. The society includes casual shutterbugs, serious amateurs, and professional photographers.

Founded in 1934, PSA has members in over 70 countries. Individual, club, and council memberships offer a wide variety of services and activities: a monthly magazine; online photo galleries, image evaluation, study groups, and courses; competitions; an annual conference; recognition; and discounts on photography-related products and services.

Contact: info@alamedaphoto.org

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