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 --
Coffee Klatch - Our next get together is September 19th at 10am at the High Street Station, Alameda. It 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 email@example.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. The first round starts in the fall where the first judging by PSA is on November 1st. 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 PSA interclub competition will be opened on our website September 1 and will close on October 10 to allow enough time for our committee to judge all entrants.
Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C) August Newsletter CLICK HERE -- Latest N4C competition results CLICK HERE
Tuesday, August 25: Program Night This month’s program will be an interactive one, where we will all go out take pictures for an hour or so and then return to the meeting and show off their best images. Participants will be split into small groups and given a photo shoot assignment somewhere nearby. The theme will vary but the photos must have at least one member of the group in the photo itself. So remember to bring your camera with memory card to the meeting!. Make sure you put your camera in jpg mode as we cannot show RAW or dng file formats. Visitors are welcome to participate in this event. If some one can bring a card reader capable of reading the more popular memory card formats that would be appreciated.
Saturday, August 29: (Field Trip for members) Arboretum at the University of California, Santa Cruz We will spend the afternoon exploring the botanical gardens, then head out to the Boardwalk for sunset pictures and optional dining on the wharf before heading back home. Let’s meet at the arboretum entrance at 1pm. The Arboretum is located at 1156 High St., Santa Cruz, CA 95064 Arboretum number is: (831) 427-2998.
They are open from 9am to 5pm. Information on driving directions and visitor maps can be obtained at the following web site: http://arboretum.ucsc.edu/visit/index.html. For those that would like to car pool, please meet at Kohl’s parking lot at South Shore Shopping Center, Alameda at 10:30am.
Tuesday, September 8: Competition Night (to compete you must be a member, but all are welcome to attend.) The categories are Pictorial, Travel and Journalism. The "Cash for Images" competition topic will be "doors." 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. The Judge for the evening is scheduled to be - Erin Babnik.
September 11-14: Field trip to Mono Lake, Convict Lake, Bodie, Bristle Cone Pine forest and more. This will be our second overnight to the Eastern Sierra. If you do not wish to camp, you should reserve a hotel room as soon as possible. Most of us are staying at the Lake View Lodge in Lee Vining. Please let trip organizer (and club president) David Weintraub know if you are interested, so he can get your contact information and how many people will be in your group. See trip flyer here
Sunday, September 20: San Francisco International Dragon Boat Festival (On your own) Come cheer on the fleet of colorful 40-foot dragon boats as they race to the beat of Chinese drums. The festival will host spectacular cultural performances, delicious food, a variety of clothes and crafts vendors, lion dancing, taiko drumming, magicians, Chinese acrobats and kid-friendly activities. Location is Treasure Island 10am to 5pm. Arrive early to get parking.
Tuesday, September 22: Program Night This will be an informative video presentation from National Geographic photography series. The first topic will be Found or Ambient Light. If there is time, the second topic will be Color and Intensity. National Geographic Fellow and master photographer Joel Sartore discusses his personal experience shooting things as simple as family snapshots and vacation photos.
Saturday October 10: Fleet Week featuring the Blue Angels We will watch the Blue Angels from Treasure Island’s west shore. The Blue Angels usually start at 3:10pm but it is recommended to get there by 12 noon to beat the traffic or take public transportation. We can try to meet at the end of Avenue of the Palms.
Tuesday, October 13: Competition Night (to compete you must be a member, but all are welcome to attend.) The categories Pictorial, Nature, Creative and Monochrome. You are allowed two images per category. The Cash for Images Competition topic (to be announced September 8). 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.
Tuesday, October 22: Program Night This will be on mirror-less cameras and technologies. With ever changing camera technologies, we look to the ever increasingly popular mirrorless cameras. We’ll explore the advantages and disadvantages compared to traditional digital single-lens reflex cameras.
Saturday October 24: Industrial Art Photography We are invited to visit a private manufacturing company for some interesting photography. We will visit Scandic Springs, Inc. in San Leandro to learn about manufacturing of coil springs, four-slide stampings, precision progressive stampings, and CNC wireforming from the largest spring and stamping producers in Northern California.
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.
The March 2015 publication of the Foto FanFare Newsletter listed the First Place through Honorable Mention and Best in Show for projected images and prints from last month’s judging for all N4C camera clubs whose images placed in their local competitions. Congratulations to Stan Schonberg for receiving Best in Show for his image “Coming Through” in the Pictorial category. Can’t resist those cute kids! Members Allen Hirsch, Kotomi Ito, Bob Hirschfeld, Lenny Rush, Stephen Hahn and Terry Toomey also received place awards for their images.
Click HERE for the N4C Competition definitions.
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.