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+)

Hawkwatch - 2022 #3

Begent Ranch

Join us for an exciting event in Ramona at the Wildlife Research Institute. You will have a chance to photograph a variety of wild raptors, eagles, falcons, hawks etc. This will be a unique opportunity to get fairly close to these beautiful birds. The demonstrations will last from 10:00AM until 1:00PM. Wildlife Research Institute (http://www.wildlife-research.org/) To get to the institute from Escondido, take Highway 78 to Ramona, turn right on Highway 67 and right on Highland Valley Road. The Wildlife Research Institute is about two miles north. From East County take Hwy 67 to Ramona, continue on Julian until it meets Main Ave. then turn right onto Highland Valley Rd. It is about two miles north. We should arrive no later than 9:30am. Parking is available in front of the barn. If you can take passengers in your vehicle indicate so in your RSVP. If you need a ride you can indicate that as well. Everyone will be responsible for their own transportation. Your long lenses will be best for this shoot. Make sure to wear sturdy walking shoes. It may be cold in the morning. Wear appropriate clothing for warmth. 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. There is free coffee and doughnuts in the barn.
SUGGESTION: bring a chair as the event has been full in the past.

Mission San Luis Rey

4050 Mission Ave

Join us for this visit to Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. We will meet at 9:30 am in front of the Mission for the group photo. Then we can wander around shooting the exteriors and inside the historic church. Their Museum opens at 10 am with an admission fee of $7 for adults and $5 for seniors (65 and older). There is also a little shop for coffee on site as well as a nice gift shop.

The National Historic Landmark was founded in 1798 by Fr. Fermin Lasuen, successor to Fr. Junipero Serra, as the 18th mission in the chain of 21 Spanish missions established in Alta California.

The mission was named by the Spanish Viceroy after King Louis IX of France, a 13th-century king known for his compassion for the poor and suffering. King Louis died in 1270 during an epidemic of dysentery and was canonized a saint in 1297. Because of his acts of charity and devout religious practices, King Louis was named patron of the Secular Franciscans.

In addition to the photogenic exterior of the Mission and cemetery, there are the interiors of the historic church, Madonna Chapel and museum.

Tripods are not allowed, and masks are required within the buildings.

We need to be mindful that this is a working church and be respectful of any worshipers and cemetery visitors.

4 mile Walk from Sunset Cliffs to the OB Pier with 7ft High Tide.

Please answer the 2 questions that pop up after you RSVP please.

7 feet high tide this time.

A nice short walk with beautiful scenery. This walk will be about 4 miles.
We will walk along the cliffs to Orchard St. and follow a path/trail along the water to the OB Tide Pools and then the pier. Please watch this video, to give you and idea of the path from Orchard St. looks like. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U33mmr1UHkE&ab_channel=SamWagstaff

Please wear sturdy shoes. Part of this walk will be on dirt and then the tide pool area. I was wearing Nike Air tennis shoes while recording this video with my cellphone.

We will meet at the corner of Hill St. and Cordova St. 1 block away from Sunset Cliffs Blvd. This way, it will be easier to find each other, and parking is easy. It is all residential and easy to find parking.

10 people max for this walk. It will be easier to keep everyone together.

Please Note:
If you RSVP “YES”, please show up, otherwise you will be marked a No Show. If you need to change your RSVP, please do so in a timely manner. Unless for an emergency, changing your RSVP on the day of the shoot will also count as a No Show. 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.

January Weekday Photo Shoot: San Diego Zoo

San Diego Zoo

Join us for a fun and exciting weekday Photo Shoot in the beautiful month of January at the San Diego Zoo! The lighting, temperatures and photo-ops should all be good. The temperatures should be more comfortable and the crowds not too busy. Tourists are gone for the most part and the kids are back at school.

We will meet at the big tree to the right of the entrance in front of the membership booth at 8:30a.m. and do the group photo and go in at 8:45a.m. and wait to the right. We will enter the Zoo when it opens at 9:00a.m. sharp. Please be on time! If you are late or lost, do not worry, you can call me Walter on my cell phone at[masked], and I will tell you where we are, but try not be late. (As cell phone reception is not good in many areas of the Zoo, I may not answer) Maps are available at the entrance. If you're unfamiliar with the Zoo, take a map. Here is a link to the Zoo web site:

San Diego Zoo (http://www.sandiegozoo.org/)

Our Route.

Our route will be determined a few days before the shoot and be sent out to you. If anyone has any requests for animals they want to photograph, send me an email and I'll do my best to work it in.

Some special notes (Please read this too):

If you RSVP YES, please show up, otherwise change your RSVP to NO.

Bring walking shoes, water, hats and sunscreen etc. or whatever you need. A long telephoto zoom is the best lens to bring. You can also pack your lunch if you like.

Correct etiquette for Zoo Passes: If you are a member of the Zoo and have a guest pass that can be used by a non-member, please indicate so when you RSVP. If you need a guest pass, please contact the person offering the guest pas via personal message. If your offered pass has been taken, please indicate so. By following this simple procedure we will avoid generating hundreds of emails. Thank you!

This generosity has helped quite a few people in our photo shoots in the past, as the current admission for non-members is now (gulp) $62.00. Thank you.

Members needing assistance or who have questions can ask me or any other Organizers present. We will be glad to help. There will also be other experienced photographers present willing to help out.

It should be another great day out. If you have any questions, suggestions or ideas you can email Walter by going to my member profile. If you get lost or separated from the group, call my cell phone,[masked]. See you there!

Please Note: By submitting a YES RSVP you agree that PPS, Organizers and Event Hosts are not responsible for your safety, or for any injury or accident of your person or your property. You agree that you have read the instructions of the announcement and that you are able to participate in the event at your own risk.

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Maritime Museum of San Diego

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