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 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 July or December).

Current News

Speeding up Competition Nights -- Beginning in February 2017, we will try something new to help keep competition nights to a reasonable duration.  We will not read aloud the image titles during the critique.  Due to the increasing number of categories per night (per N4C category scheduling), and the increase in the number of participants, we want to make sure the competitions do not go too long as well as giving our judges a bit more time to critique.

PSA Interclub Competition -- The competition for the second rounds for both Pictorial and Creative are now open for entries via our APS website competition section.  The due date for Pictorial images are due by 11:59 PM on February 27, while the due date for Creative submissions is 11:59 PM on March 10.

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.

IMPORTANT NEWS - We have changed 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.

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


February 2017

Tuesday, February 28: Program Night - A guide to Lighting by Michael Kawano. Former club President Michael Kawano will drop by to give us his tips on lighting images.

March 2017

Friday, March 10: Field Trip - Fitzgerald Marine Reserve - Moss Beach (This trip was rescheduled from February because of heavy rains.)  Get ready to hunt for sea creatures and sea life among the tide pools. Although it is on a weekday, we take advantage of the really low tide to walk among the exposed rocks. Location is 200 Nevada Ave at the beach. We meet at Fitzgerald at 2 pm. Optional dinner afterwards. See additional trip details and carpool information in the APS Field Trip flyer.

Tuesday, March 14: Competition Night - The categories are; Pictorial, Journalism, Monochrome, Travel, and Cash for Images (the topic is "Decay").  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 would like for $1.00 each. Please pay the Club Treasurer (Paul) as soon as you arrive at the meeting.

Thursday, March 18: Field Trip - Black Diamond Mines This should be a great opportunity to capture wild flowers after all of the rain we've been experiencing. See additional trip details and carpool information in the APS Field Trip flyer.

Tuesday, March 28: Program Night What can you do with post processing? Please select one of the following images to apply your own post-processing techniques to. Then upload your JPEG file to the Tuesday, March 28th competition.

Here are the images:

Brick Arch Trolley Car Death Valley
Brick Arch Trolley car Death Valley



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 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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