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
- USS Midway Photo ShootUSS Midway Museum, San Diego, CA
Join us for a Photo Shoot at the USS Midway Museum.
You will not have to purchase tickets for this one. Normally adult entrance is $34.00, but twelve members will be able to attend for free courtesy of PPS Member Ernie Sato.
There is metered parking on city streets, or you can park on the Navy Pier adjacent to the USS Midway. The cost is $5.00 per hour for a maximum of $12.00 daily.
We will meet at the entrance of the museum, get acquainted, and enter when the museum opens. When we enter the museum we will go up to the flight deck first to be able to take photos of the aircraft without people. We will also take the group photo there. Here is the website of the museum for your information: https://www.midway.org/
As we are a small group there are several options for touring the ship. We can discuss the options when we wait for the museum to open.
As for equipment, fast wide lenses will work best in the small spaces aboard. Backpacks are not recommended due to the lack of room aboard. As there are many opportunities to stub your toes closed shoes are highly recommended.
If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact Ernie or Walter.
If you need to get a hold of Walter on the day of the shoot, my cell phone number is: 619-886-7893
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 promptly. 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.Not open
- San Diego Zoo Safari Park ShootSan Diego Zoo Safari Park, Escondido, CA
Let's go to San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Wed March 13 2024. The Park is open and you do not need reservations but you need season pass or tickets. Parking $20 extra/car for non-members.
We will meet in front of the main gate at 8:30 AM, we will do the group photo inside. 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 text 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: We will go to the Australian walkabout, then buzzards, eagle and on to the tiger trail. From there after shooting the tigers onto 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. I kind of lead by committee.
Butterfly exhibit is open in March, April and part of May. We will incorporate the butterfly exhibit in April on our next Safari Park. The butterfly exhibit is reservation only for 20 mins inside, so stay tuned for that date. I will post that date right after this walk so it will give time for everyone to try to buy the reservation ticket of $15.
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.
- Street Photography Style Shoot with Models in East VillageBear Republic, San Diego, CA
For our March street photography meetup, we'll have two models, a brother and a sister join us for a street photography style shoot. They are interested in building their portfolio.
Please sign up only if you are willing to share your best 5-10 photos, the largest size available, with the models free of charge. The models will give the photographer credit if they use your photo(s) and they will sign a model release so that you can use your own photos as you wish. Feel free to bring your own model release, or if you don't have one, I will have several copies available when we meet. I will have instructions for how to share your photos after the shoot.
We'll meet at the Bear Republic gym at Ninth Avenue and G Street at 9:45 am. We'll take the group photo, chat with the models, have the models sign the model release forms, and lay out a plan for the shoot. We'll start the shoot on Ninth Avenue. There are at least 3 good spots with very nice urban backgrounds on that block. There are a few other good spots within 1-2 blocks. If we have time and if there is interest on both the models' and the photographers' side, we could venture to a couple of spots on Sixth Avenue or Fifth Avenue at the end of the shoot.
Street parking is available but you'll have to hunt for it. Ace Parking at 614 Market Street is only $1/hour and it is a 5-minute walk away from the Bear Republic gym.
What to Bring:
Fast wide-angle lenses will work well since the street spaces will be tight for straight-on shooting. Telephoto lenses will likely come in handy as well as in some spots we might want to shoot from across the street, or you may want to shoot some portraits. Feel free to bring any other equipment but be mindful of the fact that we will only spend 10-15 minutes in each spot and we'll have 10-12 photographers.
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 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.
- Photographer Headshot Exchange at Liberty Station2750 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA
Is it time for a new headshot for business, or profile picture for social media? As photographers we often overlook ourselves when it comes to the importance of having a new headshot.
This event will be a low-stress opportunity to gain and practice portrait skills AND get some new headshots of yourself at the same time. We will be photographing each other, so please come groomed (solid color tops suggested - hats and scarves optional) and ready to be in front of the lens for short periods of time, and prepare to have fun!
We will meet in the Liberty Station Arts District parking lot on the east side of Barracks 15 and 16 (2730 and 2750 Historic Decatur) at 8:00 a.m on Sunday, February 4th.
Before starting, we will go over a few shooting tips. Bring your best portrait lens: 50mm, 85mm, 100mm, 135mm, 24-105mm and 24-70mm, 70-200mm all work great. Tripods are not needed. If you have a flash and/or reflector you'd like to use, please bring them.
After a brief overview, we will split into small groups and take turns photographing each other. If you wish to stay later, Liberty Station is full of galleries, shops and food options. Afterward, please post your best shots of each person in the album for this event. The goal is to have everyone end up with several usable headshots.
This is usually a very popular outing! Only RSVP YES if you are 100% sure you can come. Avoid changing your RSVP to NO just before the shoot, as this prevents others on the waitlist from attending.
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 are assuming all risks of participating in the event.