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+)

Borrego Night Sky

Christmas Circle

Let's head out to Borrego Springs to shoot the Milky Way and night sky. Sunset is at 7:58 with shooting starting around 9 p.m. The moon will not rise until 1:29 a.m. so we should have plenty of time to shoot the Milky Way, star trails, and the night sky Bring your widest and fastest lens, a sturdy tripod, a remote shutter release, a flashlight with red light capability, and water! Snacks and a chair are also recommended. I will e-mail some info on shooting the night sky as the date gets closer. The most important thing is to be familiar with your equipment, and know how to make adjustments in the dark. If you would like to shoot star trails, consider bringing a second camera/lens/tripod so you can set one up for star trails while you shoot the Milky Way. We will meet at Christmas Circle to review night sky photography and talk about light etiquette, then head out to our location before it gets dark. (I'm hoping we can have the place to ourselves on a weekday.) You can bring a guest to tag along, but they must stay back from the shooting area. If your guest would like to shoot, add them as a +1 when you RSVP, otherwise just bring them along and instruct them to stay out of the way. :) NOTE: Watch the messages in case of poor shooting conditions. 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.

Waterfront / Downtown / Little Italy Photo Walk

San Diego County Administration Building

Join us for a fun Photo Walk along the Waterfront and through Downtown and Little Italy! Get good photos, burn calories and have fun with photo friends, all at the same time! We will meet in front of the County Administration Building on Pacific Highway. There will be plenty of street parking along Pacific Highway, and as it is Sunday, you can leave your cars there for free with no problem. The route is 4.8 miles long, but with the many deviations to get the shots we'll probably walk 6 miles plus, so you definitely want to wear comfortable shoes for this. A map of our route is above and here is a link: The Map (http://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=7378723) Photo ops include: Star of India, The Kiss Statue, USS Midway, B Street Terminal, Little Italy, Santa Fe Depot, the buildings along Broadway, Spreckles Theater, U.S. Grant Hotel, Horton Plaza, Balboa Theater, Wyatt Earp Building, Yuma Building, Gaslamp District, Petco Park, Harbor Drive Pedestrian Bridge, the two Yacht Marinas, Seaport Village, and G Street Pier, and much, much more! (not in that order) As a challenge and bonus we will have a scavenger hunt! I will send out a list of five subjects you need to find on our walk. Two prizes will be given out: A $50.00 gift certificate from George's Camera and a free sensor cleaning also courtesy of George's Camera! Details will follow! Just about any lens will work for this shoot, from fisheye to telephoto, from wide angle to macro. It just depends on what you want to shoot. If you want to concentrate on architecture, I suggest wide angle lenses. 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.

Borrego Night Sky (Round Two)

Christmas Circle

Let's head out to Borrego Springs to shoot the Milky Way and night sky. Sunset is at 7:58 with shooting starting around 9 p.m. The moon will not rise until 4:36 a.m., so we will have plenty of time to shoot the Milky Way, star trails, and the night sky. NOTE: This event is for those who are NOT attending the June 26 Borrego Night Sky event. Bring your widest and fastest lens, a sturdy tripod, a remote shutter release, a flashlight with red light capability, and water! Snacks and a chair are also recommended. I will e-mail some info on shooting the night sky as the date gets closer. The most important thing is to be familiar with your equipment, and know how to make adjustments in the dark. If you would like to shoot star trails, consider bringing a second camera/lens/tripod so you can set one up for star trails while you shoot the Milky Way. We will meet at Christmas Circle to review night sky photography and talk about light etiquette, then head out to our location before it gets dark. You can bring a guest to tag along, but they must stay back from the shooting area. If your guest would like to shoot, add them as a +1 when you RSVP, otherwise just bring them along and instruct them to stay out of the way. :) NOTE: Watch the messages in case of poor shooting conditions. 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.

Full Access to Del Mar Race Track #1

Del Mar Race Track

It is time again to enjoy the Del Mar full access event that is exclusive to Pacific Photographic Society. In honor of Pam, we are continuing the tradition she started with these great all day Del Mar Access tours. We have 4 photo shoots at Del Mar this Summer. ***Please read through and be sure you can attend before you RSVP!!! We have been given another opportunity to have full access to Del Mar Race Track from the Media director of the DMTC for the 2019 Summer Race Season. This is 1st of out of 4 opportunities. We will be given photo credentials that will enable us to have a very full experience at the race track. We are allowing a total of 12 of us, including hosts, for this opportunity. ***IF THERE IS ANY CHANCE YOU CAN'T MAKE IT PLEASE DO NOT RSVP*** 6:50 AM: We will meet at the east side parking lot of Milton's 2660 Via De La Valle, Del Mar, CA 92014. Here you will be given your credentials and we will go over what to expect at this shoot. Please be on time! 7:05 AM: We will drive over to the Del Mar Race Track and we will start with the morning workouts until 9:15 AM. There is a place at the track you can get coffee and breakfast, there is usually a break on the track ~ 8ish. Bring Cash. 9:30 AM: We will meet in the paddock area and then go to the barn area. We will walk around taking pictures of the horses such as: getting a bath, grooming and shoeing. We will all need to stay together during this time period. I will see about getting access to a barn area from a trainer. 11 AM: We then will return to the main area and photograph the buildings and area before people arrive or you can rest in the shade. This will be some free time. Noon: We will have lunch at the Veranda Club House Cafe https://www.dmtc.com/menus/clubhouse-summer 1 PM: We will then meet at the Paddock to photograph the horses before the first race (post time 2 pm). We should have a chance to photograph from the Winner's Circle area, as well as the infield. We will also go up to the Press Box and be able to shoot a race from there. After this, you are free to watch and photograph the horses in the paddock and during the races. There are a few guidelines to keep in mind: • While in the Paddock, Race Track and Barn Area we are all to stay together and no wondering off, this could be dangerous to you and the horses and will be enforced. • This is a very long day and it can get very hot, or cool, please prepare by bringing water and dressing accordingly. • Please wear closed toe shoes there is a lot of things you can step in! • No Tripods (Mono-pods only in the Stands for Early Morning Workouts, not racing, paddock or barn area) Best to leave it at home. • No flashes around the horses. • We will not be going to the Turf Club. • I must have a list to Del Mar weeks prior to the shoot. I will need your full name and address and cell phone # by 4PM on July 8th. Please email to: [masked]. If I do not get this information I will go to the first person on the waitlist. Please make sure you provide this information as I need to turn it into Del Mar. If you are on the wait list please send me this information also. If I am able to take someone from the waitlist I will go with the first person who has sent me this information. • Seating will be up to each individual and you can purchase a seat. We have access to walk around but after we are done if you decide to stay you can either sit in the general admission area or you can buy a seat. • Concessions will open once the track opens to the public at 12 am. ***Please only sign up if you can make it and be with us for the day from 7 AM until about 4 PM. This is a very popular shoot and there is a total of 4 Del Mar Racing photo shoots, therefore, we are asking you attend only 1, give a chance to someone who has not attended one of these full-day access tours previously. No guests, only photographers for this meet up. IMPORTANT NOTICE - Photographs CANNOT be sold for profit without permission from The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club. You will have to make arrangements with the track photographer. We are guests of The Del Mar Thoroughbred Club and they are giving us great access to an incredible event. Do not ruin it for us by selling these photos. If you have any questions in the meantime please email me: [masked] Special Notes regarding all PPS Photo Shoots: 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.

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