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 --

  Holiday Banquet - Come celebrate the holidays with us on Tuesday, December 8, the same day we would ordinarily have our competition night, except we don't have one in December. Instead, enjoy a joyous meal with friends, family, and the entire APS gang. RSVP and pre-payments are necessary because of our arrangements with the restaurant. CLICK HERE for full details.

Election - we are now taking nominations for year’s Board of Directors and Club Officers.  We are taking nominations for the following positions: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Members at Large. Here is your chance to get involved, provide fresh ideas and make a difference with your club!  The goal is easy - working with your fellow peers in making this club as fun as possible.  No experience is necessary, just a willingness to help out.  Please send us your nominations now so we can put together the candidates for floor votes on Election night November 24th.  If you have any questions on what the roles or duties involved just ask or email any current Board member.  If you are not ready to be a Board Member or Officer, consider serving on any of our committees during the year.  Just let us know you are interested and we would love to have your help and input. It's a great way to give back to your community.

IMPORTANT NEWS - We are changing 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.    

Coffee Klatch - This is a chance for APS members to meet non-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. Our next Caffee Klatch will probably be held in December. If you have questions, you can contact Jeff Dunn at jdunn@mmalameda.com.

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.

 Pictorial Inter-club Competition  In addition to our own club competitions, the Alameda Photographic Society (APS) is also a able to participate in the Photographic Society of America (PSA) interclub competitions.  Each year, clubs across the country can participate in these competitions which are held four times per year.  Like last year, our club will enter the Pictorial Projected Image category.  For the Pictorial category, each club is allowed to submit up to 6 images (must be from 6 different people) for consideration.   To be considered for entry into the interclub competitions, each member is invited to submit up to two (2) of their favorite images to the APS Competition Committee where the committee will judge all entrants and vote for the top six images.  Those images will then be uploaded to the PSA interclub competition.  

The winners of the first round APS competition were Kotomi Ito, Leonard Stanton, Jeff Cullen, Susan Dunn, Lenny Rush, and Tom Debley. There will be three more rounds for this season's PSA competition, with entries due us around December 15th, February 15th and April 15th. Watch for announcements!

Congratulations to Louis Cheng for winning the Mystery Field Trip to Jack London Square.  Click here to view the slideshow of the top images for each category.

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


November 2015

Tuesday, November 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.  The Cash for Images Competition topic is "Downtown buildings." Remember that for Cash for Images, the image must be photographed within the past 30 days.  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.

Sunday November 15:  Field Trip San Francisco’s City Hall celebrates 100 years in 2015 and so City Hall Historian, City Hall Docent Tour Manager and Centennial Curator Ellen Schumer will be conducting two free tours every third Sunday throughout the remainder of 2015.  Tours are at 1pm and 3pm.

Tuesday, November 24:  Program Night Our topic will be: camera sensors. They come in all sizes and quality. There are full-frame, APS-C, M4:3, etc. etc.  Which one is best for you? The evening's presentation will be a discussion of the physical aspects and the various parameters used to gauge how well sensors perform. Concepts of resolution, dynamic range and quantum efficiency will be introduced.  

December 2015

No official meetings this month, but don't forget about the Holiday Banquet on Dec. 8.  CLICK HERE for full details.

Saturday December 12:  Field trip -- Sandhill Crane Wetland Tour at the Woodbridge Ecological Reserve Located in Lodi.  Tours consist of viewing sandhill cranes and other unique wintering waterfowl, hearing a presentation on sandhill cranes and their Reserve habitat, and viewing the cranes' impressive, nightly behaviors at a location that is only open to the public during these special tours.  Tours meet 90 minutes before sunset at the South Site where docent guides meet attendees and give a presentation. Tours usually conclude a half hour after sunset with the anticipated fly-in of the cranes at the North Site where a viewing shelter allows us to be hidden from the incoming birds.   Tours fill up quickly, so it is suggested to register online in early October for December tours. If you are interested in this trip please contact David Weintraub at davidweintraub2@comcast.net.

Oakland Zoo Lights -- It’s the holiday tradition at the Oakland Zoo.  Great opportunity to go at night for the amazing lights.  Great opportunity to play with night photography and get creative with the lights.  Hundreds of thousands of sparkling LED lights illuminate the Zoo and night sky to celebrate the festive season. This year’s light display will feature an additional music-themed light show illuminating the Zoo’s African Veldt.  Show runs December 4 - January 3, 2016 from 5:30pm to 9:00pm (Closed December 24 & 25).  Oakland Zoo animal residents will be in their night houses and not visible to the public. ZooLights will be open 7 days a week (except 12/24, 12/25) dependent on weather conditions.  $8.00 admission fee.

January 2016

Tuesday, January 12: Competition Night -- To compete you must be a member, but all are welcome to attend. The categories are Pictorial, Creative, Monochrome and Nature.  You are allowed two images per category.  The Cash for Images Competition topic is "In and From A Garage." Remember that for Cash for Images, the image must be photographed since our November meeting.  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, January 26: Program Night -- Our own Bob Hirschfeld will offer a tutorial on "Lightroom for Dummies." He insists using Adobe Lightroom is much simpler than many people think, as long as you stick to the basics. And that's what he's going to teach us tonight. He'll demonstrate how he organizes his photos and processes them on a laptop during his extensive travels. 

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

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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