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.

Club Meetings

Alameda Photographic Society (APS) has replaced all in person meetings with Zoom meetings. Club mmbers have expressed their enthusiasm for this new style of meeting. To help you get started please look at Getting Started with Zoom.

Please email Jeff Dunn at jdunn@mmalameda.com with the title WANT TO ATTEND if you are interested in attending our Zoom meetings.


First Annual APS Scavenger Photo Hunt!

This Hunt is designed to encourage our members to shoot images while maintaining social distancing during the time of global pandemics - hunt by yourself on your own time - don’t let COVID-19 make you a couch potato!

The Rules of the Game

Submitting Your Images

  • Images per Maker: Players in the Hunt may submit one photo for each image category.
  • Time Line: Images must be taken between Tuesday, September 1st and Wednesday, September 30th
  • Deadline: Submit images on the APS site’s Competition tab anytime before Wednesday, September 30 at 11:59pm.
  • What About Geography? Images can be taken anywhere provided both of your feet are in the territorial Lower 48 United States.

Judging Criteria

  • Titles are required, but they needn't be fully descriptive Note that camera generated file names are not allowable as titles.
  • Perspective and innovation counts! Thinking outside-the-box may distinguish your image vis-a-vis other images.
  • Post processing guidelines for the Hunt are the same as those we apply to Travel and Journalism images:
    • Manipulations are limited to cropping, contrast and minor tonal and color adjustments.
    • All adjustments must appear natural.
    • Both Color and Monochrome are allowed.
    • No misrepresentations of the truth.
    • No set-ups just for the purpose of photograph
    • No overlays or double exposures.
    • Techniques that add, relocate, replace or remove any element of the original image, except by cropping are not permitted.
    • This means image processing must be kept to a minimum - this is not a PhotoShop competition - don’t cut and paste a chicken onto a bicycle

Game Scoring

  • The Hunt will have winners for each Category as well as overall Best-in-Show level winners. Each maker’s cumulative scores for all images submitted will be calculated to determine the Best-in-Show level awards
  • Category Winners: Each image category will have two winners - first place is awarded 5 points and second is awarded 3 points.
  • Best-in-Show will be awarded to the player with the most points. Almost-Best-in-Show will be awarded to the player with the second most points.

Image Categories - please find and take photos of the following:

Here is a PDF of the Scavenger Hunt Image Categories for you to download

  1. A movie theater is no longer a movie theater and is being used for something else now.
  2. A water scene with people.
  3. Palm tree, one or more.
  4. Something that looks out of place.
  5. A street scene with people.
  6. A street scene without people.
  7. A bicycle rider in motion - the sharpest rider image of a moving rider, less than 10 feet away.
  8. A macro or macro-like image - please look up the definition of macro if needed.
  9. Sky with clouds.
  10. A unique perspective.
  11. Something new.
  12. Something older than you.
  13. Bridge, one or more.
  14. Boat or ship, one or more.
  15. Someone else's pet or pets - candid, no set-ups.
  16. Shadow, one or more.
  17. Something odd in your home - no pets or family members.
  18. A car. The oldest car wins - remember to include the make and year in your title.
  19. Best COVID-19 mask - must be worn.
  20. Any image taken with a cell or smartphone.

We hope you have a great time with this scavenger hunt! And remember.... no chickens on bicycles!


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On Hiatus during the Covid-19 Shelter At Home


Visitors are always welcome at our meetings.

We met on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays at 7:00 p.m. at 2441 San Jose Ave. in Alameda, CA (with the exception of December and the fourth Tuesday in July). We now meet online using Zoom. Please sign up on our Meetup site, https://www.meetup.com/Alameda-Photographic-Society/ to receive Zoom link information.

When authorities allow group meetings and we return to the church, 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 apply for membership.

To pay your dues with PayPal, CLICK HERE.

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 July or December).


Current News

Field Trip Hold Harmless Agreement - In order to participate in APS Field Trips we are now requiring that each attendee have a signed Hold Harmless Agreement on file with the club's Treasurer.

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


Calendar

September 2020

Tuesday, September 8: Competition Night - The categories are: Pictorial, Journalism, Monochrome, Travel, and Cash for Images (the topic is "Shadow(s)") Remember that for the Cash for Images category, the images you submit must be photographed since the last competition night. You may submit as many images as you like. Charges for Cash for Images are suspended during the Shelter In Place.

Tuesday, September 15: Board Meeting - This month's Board meeting will be held via Zoom. Please email Jeff Dunn at jdunn@mmalameda.com with the title WANT TO ATTEND. The meeting begins at 7 PM.

Tuesday, September 22: Program Night - Zoom. We will be discussing images members have submitted for feedback. If you have an image you would like to get feedback on from other club members please use the "competition" scheduled for September 22 titled "Club Member Image Feedback".

If you are not a member and wish to attend any of our meetings, please email Jeff Dunn at jdunn@mmalameda.com with the title WANT TO ATTEND.

October 2020

Tuesday, October 13: Competition Night- The categories are: Pictorial, Creative, Nature, Monochrome, and Cash for Images (the topic is "Faces in Things"). Remember that for the Cash for Images category, the images you submit must be photographed since the last competition night. You may submit as many images as you like. Charges for Cash for Images are suspended during the Shelter In Place.

Tuesday, October 20: Board Meeting - This month's Board meeting will be held via Zoom. Please email Jeff Dunn at jdunn@mmalameda.com with the title WANT TO ATTEND. The meeting begins at 7 PM.

Tuesday, October 27: Program Night - Zoom. We will be discussing the Scavenger Hunt images members have submitted.  

If you are not a member and wish to attend any of our meetings, please email Jeff Dunn at jdunn@mmalameda.com with the title WANT TO ATTEND.


Alameda Photographic Society Affiliations

Northern California Council of Camera Clubs

The Northern California Council of Camera Clubs (N4C) is the umbrella organization for 16 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 here.

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 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.


Contact: alamedaphotosociety@gmail.com

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