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 (4+)See all
- Sept San Diego Zoo Safari Park ShootSan Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, CA
Let's get up and go to San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Wed Sept 27 2023. The Park is open and you do not need reservations but you need season pass or tickets. Parking $20extra/car for non-members.
We will meet in front of the main gate at 8:30 AM, do the group photo at 8:45 AM and get in line. We will enter the Safari Park when it opens at 9:00 AM sharp! Plan on walking 3 to 5 miles until about noon.
If you are late, you can call me at 858-245-4000.
What to Bring:
Walking shoes, sunscreen, hat and water are all advised. Bring your medium to long lenses. Monopods can be helpful, but tripods are not recommended.
The route will be as follows: Walkabout Australia, Condor Ridge, Tiger Trail, Nairobi Village to Lemur Walk, elevators to Lion Camp, Rhinos and Elephants then on to the African Loop past Cheetahs back to elevators, Gorilla Trail to the bird aviary near the Exit.
We are flexible on what we shoot and can veer off to focus on what is happening that day.
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.
- Eastern Sierra Fall Color--optional hikes in Yosemite and Bristlecone PinesFour Jeffrey Campground, Bishop, CA
PLEASE READ THE ENTIRE DESCRIPTION, TWICE IS BETTER.
Fall colors above Bishop and a chance to visit the Ancient Bristlecone Pines Forest (September 30-October 1). 1 day along Bishop Creek, 1 day visiting the bristlecones. All locations can be driven to and then short hikes to the action. The Methuselah tree is the oldest, documented and confirmed, non-clonal tree (4855 years young). Its exact location is kept secret, but there are many other picturesque specimens. For those who have the time, I will stop on the way back (Monday) at the Alabama Hills. Natural arches, one natural bridge and an archaic Indian petroglyph site that even the BLM (the manager of AH) doesn't know exists.
I will be camping, but there are motels in Bishop (or Lee Vinning for the Yosemite hikes). Meetup location for Medlicott Dome will be the Tioga Pass Entrance Station (fee or pass needed or carpool in my escape pod) and for Conness Lakes, the turnoff to Junction Campground (just past Ellery Lake and 2.2 miles before Entrance Station). It's signed Saddlebag Lake Road.
Optional hikes in Tuolumne September 28-29 1) sneak route up Medlicott Dome. Recommended for those in good physical shape. This is not a maintained trail and there is one short section that has exposure. If needed I can provide a hand line. It is steep and eroded, but you can dirt ski on the way back down. Bring hiking poles or staff. Pace will be slow to allow for photography. 1.9 miles each way, 1220' elevation gain. Incredible views lead to the No Name Lake. 2) Conness lakes, maintained trail, 3 miles each way, 1,000' elevation gain. Beautiful waterfall topped by several lakes fed by a glacier. Suitable for those in moderate shape. If joining for these hikes, be aware they are at altitude, remember to hydrate, moderate your alcohol intake, drink electrolytes. One nights sleep at altitude is recommended beforehand.
Bring H2O (I have purifier for backup), hiking boots or approach shoes, lunch, camera, sun protection, hiking poles or staff, rain gear.
NOTE: WEATHER CONDITIONS AS WELL AS FOREST FIRES CAN CAUSE A CHANGE IN PLANS. MESSAGE ME WITH QUESTIONS/CONCERNS.
CHECK BACK FOR UPDATES.
- Oktoberfest in El CajonGerman American Societies Inc, El Cajon, CA
Join us for a fun afternoon of photography, food, beer, music, and dancing at the Oktoberfest in El Cajon!
Please note that in order to attend you agree to submit at least 25 images taken at the event. In exchange, you will receive free admission, a free lunch voucher, and a free beer voucher. You will of course receive photo credit of course.
We will meet at the entrance at 11:45 where you will receive your vouchers and ID for the day. (Parking is tight in the area, so I suggest arriving early) We will then find a table which will serve as our HQ. We will take turns taking photographs while others will "guard" the table.
The organizers of the Oktoberfest are looking for photos both posed and candid of volunteers, musicians, food servers, and of course guests. I have found that a 70-200 lens works best at this event.
If you have any questions or comments contact Walter via email my PPS profile. On the day of the event, you can reach me at (619) 886-7893.
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.
- A Shot In The Dark - Introduction To Night Photography #3Museum of Us, San Diego, CA
NOTE: This Meetup is for first time attendees. Please do not RSVP if you attended either of the past two Introduction To Night Photography events.
Interested in shooting after dark, but aren’t sure how to begin? Want to expand your photographic horizons? Join us for an informative evening and hands-on night shoot at Balboa Park.
Learn the basics in a short information sharing session and then put them into practice.
NOTE: A Tripod is required for this event. You must also understand the operation of your camera including how to individually adjust shutter speed, aperture and ISO and how to use the Self-Timer Delay if you do not have a remote shutter release.
We will meet at 6:00 PM on the steps of the Museum of Us (formerly, the Museum of Man) for an approximate 30-minute information sharing session. We will then walk along El Prado and practice night shots on the many well lit buildings and the city lights. Sunset is at 6:25 PM.
Parking At Balboa Park: There are multiple free parking lots in the park. The nearest ones to the Museum of Us are behind the Alcazar Gardens, behind the Spreckels Organ Pavilion, or behind the Fleet Science Center.
What to bring: Any adjustable camera, medium range zoom (24-70mm, 24-105mm, 24-85mm, etc.) and a TRIPOD. If you have one, bring a remote shutter release. Walking shoes are suggested.
Contact Info: Call Larry at 619-890-9206 if you're lost or have a question.
Please only submit an RSVP for this event if you’re 100% sure you will attend. You will be counted as a no-show if you do not show up or if you change your RSVP right before an event. You may be blocked from attending specific events after one no-show, and you will be removed as a member if you accrue three no-shows. Be considerate of those on the waitlist.
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.