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 --
It's a new year -- Please consider renewing your membership and take advantage of the great photographic opportunities in showing your work, monthly competitions, workshops, educational programs and field trips. Membership fees have remained the same. Singles are $50 and families are $75. You can pay by PayPal on our APS website or send a check made out to the Alameda Photographic Society or APS and send to our Treasurer Paul Hampton at
1415 Paru Street, Alameda, CA 94501. To prevent your current membership from expiring, please renew by January 31, 2016
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.
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 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. To be considered for entry into the next PSA interclub competition (Round 3), 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 PSA interclub competition is now open on our website. Last day to submit images will be on February 15th.
The winners of the second round APS competition were Mara Phraner, Louis Cheng, Brando Ho, Kotomi Ito, Stephen Hinchey and Allen Hirsch.
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.
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) December Newsletter CLICK HERE -- Latest N4C competition results CLICK HERE
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 or 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.
Friday through Sunday, January 15-17: Field Trip -- Elephant Seals and Piedras Blancas Area-- We will drive down into San Simeon and photograph the elephant seals during their mating season. Opportunity to see them in action at relatively close proximity. We will also explore Hearst Castle, Piedras Blancas Lighthouse and beaches and Fort Hunter Ligget San Antonio Mission. See trip flyer with proposed itinerary here.
Tuesday, February 9: Competition Night -- To compete you must be a member, but all are welcome to attend. The categories are Pictorial, Creative, and Nature. You are allowed two images per category. The Cash for Images Competition topic is "Telephone Poles." Remember that for Cash for Images, the image must be photographed since our January 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.
Saturday through Tuesday, March 19-22: Field Trip -- Death Valley -- Back by popular demand is the Death Valley four-day excursions with our very own fearless Geologist and former park ranger Jeff Dunn. The DV trip itinerary has been developed and is available here. We plan to see Mummy Canyon, Artists Backside Wash, Dante’s View, Zabriskie Point, Kaleidoscope Canyon and more. People could camp at Texas Spring near Furnace Creek, or book a hotel at Longstreet Casino, Amargosa Valley NV. So start marking your calendar now for this adventure and if you plan on flying to Las Vegas book your airfare soon. If you are interested in going please contact Jeff Dunn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or David Weintraub (email@example.com) and let us know if you are driving to Death Valley or flying into Las Vegas and renting a car and if you are interested in carpooling in either case.
Saturday, March 12: Coffee Klatch at 10 a.m. at High Street Station. 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. If you have questions, you can contact Jeff Dunn at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Click here for the latest N4C Competition Results.
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.