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)

Milky Way Challenge!

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This is for all the night owls!! We will rendezvous at 11 p.m. to shoot the Milky Way from the Lake Henshaw Overlook. The Milky Way will be rising in the sky by 11 p.m. and the moon will not rise until 4:30 a.m., so we'll have plenty of time to shoot.

Bring your widest and fastest lens, a sturdy tripod, a remote shutter release, a flashlight with red light capability, and caffeine! Snacks and a chair are also recommended. The most important thing is to be familiar with your equipment, and know how to make adjustments in the dark.

I'll post some shooting tips in the comments. If weather is not cooperating, we will postpone this outing by late Friday afternoon.

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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Photoshoot at Rashelica winery, an art destination

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Rashelica winery is a cultural destination in the hill of Ramona valley. Rashelica offers guests an experience unlike any other- complete with award-winning hand crafted wines, an extensive collection of world-class sculptures and live opera performances

What could enhance the Rashelica wine experience more than the addition of perfectly manicured gardens, through which visitors can stroll, in awe and admiration of more than 50 sculptures in Jaime Chaljon's world class collection.

Jamie Chaljon, Rashelica winery's proprietor, is an art collector who has amassed a world class collection over the last 25 years. Chaljon has added more than 30 of his favorite pieces to the vinyards sculpture garden, including works from internationally-reknowned Mexican artists.

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.

They have add a lot of new sculptures in the last year.

Please Note:

Social distancing and all rules mandated by San Diego County must be observed: https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/coronavirus.html
Social distancing of at least six feet must be maintained. According to the county: "You should have a face covering ready and wear it if you come within six feet of other people."

PPS Organizers will ask anyone not observing the rules to leave, and members not abiding may be removed from the group without notice.

Adopt Windansea Beach

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The Pacific Photographic Society has adopted Windansea beach, part of I Love a Clean San Diego's new program. There will be additional opportunities in the future for other clean ups of Windansea. This is an ongoing project to keep Windansea clean. As a side benefit, events will be scheduled that will provide photo ops, early morning and later in the day. Windansea can hold its own against any beach on the Cal coast (IMHO) and it has a rich history of surfing going back to the 1960's. Thank you for your participation.
You must sign a volunteer liability waiver. Please dress in layers and closed toe shoes. Please bring a bucket or bag to hold trash and gloves to protect your hands from sharp objects. Bring hat and sunscreen, H2O/snack.
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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Macro in Balboa Park: Rose Garden, Desert Garden and Zoo Orchid House

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Join us for a morning of Macro Photography at different locations in Balboa Park. We will meet that fountain next to the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center and do the group photo. We will start shooting at the Inez Parker Rose Garden, then move to the Desert Garden. We will then walk over to the Zoo at 8:45am. We will enter the Zoo and shoot plants and flowers there. The Orchid House in the Zoo opens once a month at 10:00am, so we will shoot there too and then finish up with flesh carnivorous plants at the north end of the Zoo.

For this shoot a macro lens will work best, but long telephoto lenses will also work. Monopods and tripods are optional, if you don't mind carrying them. I am not certain if they are allowed inside the Orchid House.

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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