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 7:30 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 --
Annual Membership Dues for 2015 are due NOW to maintain continuous membership. Only dues-paying members are eligible for Competitions.
Dues can be paid at the next meeting. Please give a check for $50 (per person) or $70 (per couple) to club treasurer Paul Hampton. Or you can pay with PayPal on our About Us page.
Pictorial Inter-club Competition PSA rules required that we submit six images by six different makers. There will be quarterly submissions by our club. The judges, by the way, will not be anyone entering the competition. Thanks go to all club members who submit their images for consideration. The Board encourages all members to submit their favorite images for the next PSA Pictorial submission, to be announced soon.
Names of the past winners and thumbnails of their selected images are visible to members on our website CLICK HERE, where they can be expanded to larger format.
Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C) February Newsletter CLICK HERE -- Latest N4C competition results CLICK HERE
Tuesday, March 24:
Bay Area photographer Susanne Karlak will present her concept of "Exploring Painterly Photography".
While originally from Denmark, she spent most of her years growing up in the Bay Area. Susanne’s presentation is titled “Photographer or Artist?”. She explores ways to create “painterly” images and find subjects in nature and in our urban environment that can be presented in a unique and engaging manner. In her presentation she will discuss how she uses multiple exposures, motion photography, slow shutter speed, post processing techniques and selecting inherently painterly subjects. Please bring a friend as this should be an exciting evening.
Friday, March 27 - 30: Field trip to Death Valley (members only)
Led by longtime APS member Jeff Dunn, this field trip will include a night under the stars at Eureka Dunes, and visits to Lone Pine, Alabama Hills, U2's Joshua Tree, Darwin Ghost Town, Darwin Falls, Mosaic Canyon, and Mustard Canyon, with a view of the sunset from Dante's View. That's Saturday's agenda. Then Sunday, we will meet at 20-Mule Team Canyon to catch the sunrise on the Badlands, and visit Artists Drive, Devil's Golf Course, Badwater, Falling Rock Fan, Willow Creek, Sidewinder Canyon, Mormon Point Coyote watch, the China River Date Farm, and Amargosa River at sunset. Monday begins with Desert Pavement, Bat Mountain, Devil's Pulpit, Dublin Gulch, and Saratoga Springs/Ibex dunes. You need to make your own accommodations and transportation. For more details please contact Jeff Dunn at [email@example.com].
Saturday, April 4: Field Trip to the Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center
This event begins at 8:30am with a walk through the open marsh and salt flats of the Bay. The Center is located at 4901 Breakwater Avenue in Hayward near the San Mateo Bridge. Take Highway 92 west and take the last exit before going over the bridge at Clawitter/Eden Landing Road.
Tuesday, April 14: Photo Competition (to compete you must be a member, but all are welcome to attend) The categories are Pictorial, Nature, Creative, and Travel. You are allowed two images per category. The Cash for Images Competition topic is Night. Remember: the "Cash for Images" entries must have been photographed after the March competition. You may submit as many images as you would like for $1.00 each.
Saturday, April 18: Field Trip to the Cesar Chavez Festival/Parade in San Francisco Meet at 10 am in Dolores Park (19th Street at Guerrero) Parade assembly – The parade begins at 11 am. Then, from noon until 5 pm we can photograph the Street Fair on 24th Street between Treat Street and Bryant Streets.
Saturday, April 25: Field Trip to San Francisco's Dog Patch district Dog Patch is that five block area east of Interstate 280 between Mariposa Street and Cesar Chavez Street next to Potrero Hill. We'll meet and park at 8:30 am at or near 23rd and Illinois Streets.
Tuesday, April 28: Program night For the April Program Night, club member Tom Debley will talk about making videos, which, with a little practice, anyone can do with programs you may already have on your computer, or are readily available via the web. Among the programs Tom will discuss are Windows Movie Maker, Microsoft PowerPoint and Animoto. He will share some samples and illustrate some of the techniques for building your own videos.
Weekend, May 9 and 10: Park Street Faire and Annual Photographic Exhibit
Time to start thinking about the Spring Park Street Fair – May 10 and 11th. We will be hosting a booth at the fair to promote the joy of photography. We will need volunteers to be there for 2 hour shifts throughout the day including setup and breakdown. A sign-up sheet will be available soon.
Saturday, May 9: APS photo exhibition opens at the Alameda Museum (gala reception on May 17)
The show continues all month. Members who wish to exhibit their photos need to submit them along with a bio to Terry Toomey by end of March so that she can put together announcement postcards for the event and start the process of putting together the show.
Saturday, June 6: We will be hosting another fundraiser Garage Sale. So start thinking of what you can donate to the club for sale.
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.