What we're about

Welcome to the Pacific Photographic Society of San Diego. We are an active hands-on photography group for all levels of photographers and for photographic expertise from novice to expert.

Our emphasis is on photography in the field and in the studio, as well as photo finishing, education and networking.

We offer our members a wide range of photography related events including several monthly photo shoots at various locations, seminars, classes, educational shoots and networking opportunities with other photographers.

We welcome all photographers from beginner to professional and seek to provide an environment that is friendly, professional and enriching for all.

We actively seek the input of our members to ensure that the group provides the activities that are both beneficial and enjoyable to participating photographers.

Upcoming events (5+)

AleSmith Private Brewery Tour

Alesmith Brewing

Join us for a private tour of the AleSmith Brewing Company. At 106,000 square feet, it's the second largest brewing facility in San Diego county. The brewery tour will take about 45 minutes and covers the entire brewing process. Each member will receive a full pour of one of their year round brews (specialties excluded) and a souvenir AleSmith pint glass. After the tour you can visit the Tony Gwynn museum, drink more beer, or grab a bite to eat from the food truck. Cost is $10 Please checking in with Walter or Keith upon arrival for payment instructions. We will meet at 4:45 in front if the brewery. The tour starts at 5:00pm. Flash Photography is fine, but please no tripods. There is not enough room. As for lenses, fast is best due to the low lighting, so f/2.8 or faster wide angle and medium zooms are best. Parking info http://alesmith.com/parking/ Please Note: By submitting a YES RSVP and participating in any PPS event, you agree that PPS, Organizers, and Event Hosts are NOT responsible for your safety or for any injury or damage to your person or your property, or that of your guest(s).You agree that you have read the instructions of the announcement and that you and your guest(s) are assuming all risks of participating in the event.

Wildflowers at Oak Canyon - Mission Trails Regional Park

Join us for a morning hike from the Old Mission Dam to Oak Canyon. There should be a lot of Wildflowers to photograph. We will meet at the parking lot next to the Old Mission Dam. You can either park in the parking lot or along Father Junipero Serra Trail (recommended). We will hike from the parking lot to Oak Canyon and back. There will be several good opportunities for shooting wildflowers. You will need sturdy walking or hiking shoes. There are some hills and some easy climbing. Be sure you're ok with that. As for lenses, medium and long zooms will work well for this hike. You can also bring water and snacks. A small backpack will come in handy for this one. Please Note: By submitting a YES RSVP and participating in any PPS event, you agree that PPS, Organizers, and Event Hosts are NOT responsible for your safety or for any injury or damage to your person or your property, or that of your guest(s).You agree that you have read the instructions of the announcement and that you and your guest(s) are assuming all risks of participating in the event.

Palm Springs Downtown Architectural Walk

Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center

Palm Springs new, old, quirky, and mid-century modern architecture line our walking route. Plenty of colorful storefronts, art, tourists, and locals make for interesting images in our small desert community. We begin in the A&D museum and walk north on Palm Canyon to Tachevah and back on the other side of the road. Lunch at El Mirasol mexican restaurant. Be prepared to walk about 3 miles in warm/hot temperatures. Equipment: Short to long range zoom My cell #:[masked] Note : By submitting a YES RSVP and participating in any PPS event, you agree that PPS, Organizers, and Event Hosts are NOT responsible for your safety or for any injury or damage to your person or your property, or that of your guest(s).You agree that you have read the instructions of the announcement and that you and your guest(s) are assuming all risks of participating in the event.

April Shoot at the San Diego Botanic Garden

San Diego Botanic Garden (Formerly Quail Botanic Gardens)

After all the rain, this is a wonderful time to shoot at the SDBG. Come join PPS as we visit the San Diego Botanic Garden on the first Tuesday of each month, FREE (for San Diego County residents) Tuesday. Because some of you have to drive quite a ways, WE WILL START AT 10 a.m. to see if that works better for you. Parking is only $2 and exact change is appreciated. This 37 acre garden has something all year round: succulent gardens, bamboo gardens with a lily pond, waterfalls, fruit orchards, CA native plants and more. The lily pond usually has 'critters' sunning themselves in the morning. A route will be suggested at 10:00 am when we gather at the Visitor Center for a group photo. Important Notice! The policy of San Diego Botanical Garden is that you now need to show ID that you are a resident of San Diego County in order to get in for free (or show your membership card). If you are not a county resident, you have to pay admission (Adults-$18; Seniors-$12). New members in particular will love the opportunity to discover their macro shooting talents. If you have a macro lens, bring it. Another good choice is a fast telephoto lens like the[masked] f/2.8; you can get nice blurred backgrounds with the aperture wide open and you also have the reach to get the eye of the frogs & turtles. You may wish to bring an off camera flash for lighting effects in shady spots. Monopods and tripods are allowed in the Garden. We will meet in front of the Plant & Gift Shop (Visitor Center) to take the group photo promptly at 10:00 a.m. The gates officially open at 9 a.m. although you can usually get in line earlier. Here is a map: GARDEN MAP (http://www.sdbgarden.org/garden_map.htm). SPECIAL NOTES ABOUT ALL PPS SHOOTS If you RSVP YES, please show up or be courteous and change your RSVP to NO. If you must change your RSVP to NO, please do so as soon as possible so that others may make plans to attend. We ask that new members attending their first PPS event introduce themselves to the organizer(s) present when arriving and to others in the group. New members should familiarize themselves with PPS rules, etiquette and instructions for uploading etc. by going to the "Discussions" section of our site and consulting the PPS Reference Guide. As a courtesy to the organizers and for potential group sponsors, we ask all members attending a shoot to rate the shoot and leave feedback. Please do this before uploading images to the event albums. By submitting a YES RSVP and participating in any PPS event, you agree that PPS, Organizers, and Event Hosts are NOT responsible for your safety or for any injury or damage to your person or your property, or that of your guest(s). You agree that you have read the instructions of the announcement and that you and your guest(s) are assuming all risks of participating in the event. Thanks and happy shooting :)

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Morning Shoot at the Pacific Southwest Railroad Museum in Campo

Pacific Southwest Railway Museum

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