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 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 December).

Current News

Holiday Banquet  -- The club's annual celebration will be held December 13, the second Tuesday of the month, just like the competition night we normally have every month except December. The restaurant needs to know in advance how many folks are attending, and what entrees to prepare.   You can click here to place your order and pay with PayPal.  More information can be found below in the December calendar section.


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 -- This years’ PSA interclub competition got off to a great start. The first round for the Pictorial category was chosen by our Competition Committee.  The following individuals were picked to have their images forwarded to PSA for judging: David Weintraub, Lenny Rush, Brandon Ho, Mara Phraner, Thomas Cipriano, and Jean Millman.  Good luck to all. The competition for the second round in Pictorial is now open for entries via our APS website competition section.  To be considered for the competition you must submit your two images by midnight Thursday December 15, 2016. We are also in the process of starting another PSA interclub competition for the Creative category.  As soon as the competition is made available for entry we will send out notification to everyone.

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.    

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.

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


November 2016

Tuesday, November 8: Competition Night --The categories are Pictorial, Nature, Creative and Cash for Images (the category is "Lines.). Remember that for the Cash for Images category, the images you submit must be photographed within the past 30 days of the competition date.  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, November 12: Coffee Klatch -- We'll meet at 10am at the former High Street Station in Alameda, now called The Black Pug.  It is a chance for APS members to meet Meet-Up 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 or just show up if you’d like. If you have questions, you can contact Jeff Dunn at jdunn@mmalameda.com.  And keep in mind that the cafe always has something delicious to eat or drink while you meet.

Sunday, November 13: Hayward Shoreline Interpretive Center -- For our last scheduled field trip this year, we will start out at 9am to walk along the Arthur Emmes Trail out next to the Bay along the old salt pond areas with opportunity to view birds in their natural habitat.  Optional lunch around noon afterwards.  Those that want to carpool, please contact the leader. Click for more info.

Sunday, November 13Become a Photo Competition Judge -- If you are interested in becoming a photo competition judge, the Yerba Buena Chapter of PSA is sponsoring a New Judging Seminar.  The seminar runs from 9 am to 4:30 pm at the San Mateo Central Park Community Center in San Mateo.  Judging is a good way to give back to the photographic community and to enrich your own view of competitions.  See the flyer available at http://psa-yerbabuenachapter.org

Tuesday, November 22: Program Night -- Member Challenge: This is the last regular meeting of the year, so let’s take the opportunity to share two or three of your images that you have captured and let us know what were particularly interesting or challenging about either taking or post-processing the image -– sort of the story behind the image.  Just bring them on a thumb drive or memory card and we’ll upload them at the beginning of the meeting.

December 2016

Tuesday, December 13:  Mark your calendars for our annual banquet!  This year we will hold our annual holiday banquet at the Buttercup Bar and Grill (same location as last year).  The location is 1000 Cotton Street in Oakland and starts at 7pm.  You need to sign up and pre-pay with PayPal, since the restaurant requires us to submit orders and payment in advance. Pricing and selection is essentially the same as last year ranging from $25 to $35 for full courses (desserts are extra) and non-alcoholic drinks. Click here to order your entree.

As is our custom, there will be no Competition or Program Nights in December.

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 (currently on hiatus)

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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