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 Club. CLICK 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.
Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C) Newsletter (currently on hiatus) -- Latest N4C competition results CLICK HERE
The summer of 2016 is zooming by so make sure your camera gear is loaded and you are out enjoying all there is to see. Hopefully you are all enjoying the club and its activities. Like all non-profit organizations we depend on volunteers to help out with the various activities. I know we are all busy, but remember your current Board members and committee members are volunteering their free time to make the club a great place for sharing and learning. Please consider volunteering with club activities or better yet join your fellow photographers on the Board and help shape the club’s future. Just contact any current Board member if you are interested.
Saturday August 6: APS Mystery Field Trip (It was to Locke) For those folks that participated in the recent Mystery Field trip to Locke, you have until September 30, 2016 to enter your images as that is the date the competition closes. You enter them just as you would for regular monthly competitions except you are allowed only one image per category. Once the competition closes the images will be judged and winner announced at the next general meeting.
Tuesday, August 9: Competition Night -- Categories were Pictorial, Nature, Creative, Monochrome and Cash For Images. The Cash for Images competition topic was “Glass”.
Saturday August 20: Downtown San Francisco Walk About [Leader is David Weintraub] We will search for that perfect angle or vantage point as we explore the streets of San Francisco Financial District. The City’s skyscrapers and nearby Privately Owned Public Open Spaces (POPOS), spaces will be the focus of this walkabout. Additional details will be posted to our website as soon as it becomes available.
Tuesday, August 23: Program Night Members can bring their favorite piece of auxiliary equipment or gadget and explain how it works and why it should be in your camera bag. Examples are camera straps, holsters, flash diffusers, rain protection devices etc. They can be retail items or homemade gizmos.
Saturday September 3: Ripon Balloon Festival [Leader is Stephen Hinchey] On this Labor Day weekend, let’s see these hot air balloons up close for early morning launch. Bright colors, flames and flight are the order of the day. If you want to carpool please contact Stephen at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 990-9146. We leave at 4 am. If you want to meet there at Mistlin Sports Park on E. River Road, Ripon, CA see our trip flyer on the APS website.
Sunday September 9-11: Reno Balloon Festival [Leader is Kevin Levesque] If you really want to see dozens and dozens of hot air balloons, then San Antonia Park in Reno is the place to be. Take a weekend getaway to Reno where not only you get to see the the pre-dawn balloons take off, but you will be able to visit the town itself and do a bit of neon light photography, drive to Virginia City for lunch and see the Camel Races. Contact Kevin if you wish to coordinate carpool. If you are considering this trip act now to make hotel arrangements as they will fill up.
Saturday September 10: Our next Coffee Klatch convenes at 10am at the former High Street Station in Alameda, now called The Black Pug. It is a chance for APS members to meet Meet-up 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 email@example.com. Don’t forget to patronize the cafe and enjoy something delicious to eat or drink while you meet.
Tuesday September 13: Competition Night -- The categories are Pictorial, Travel, and Journalism. You are allowed two images per category. The Cash for Images Competition topic is “Music”. Remember that for the Cash for Images category, the images you submit must be photographed within the past 30 days of the competition date. 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, September 27: Program Night Photography as Art: Experimental Imagery Join APS member Tom Debley as he explores what he has been learning, studying and producing photographs as abstract, impressionistic, expressionist and other art forms. He will share ideas he has learned from noted Seattle photographer Art Wolfe in conversation about creativity during an accidental meeting with Wolfe and in classroom and field workshops with him. And Tom will share his personal discoveries in his own experimental journey over the past few years.
Alameda Photographic Society Affiliations
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.
The Alameda Photographic Society of America is also a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and its local Yerba Buena chapter. 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.