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
- February Weekday Photo Shoot: San Diego ZooSan Diego Zoo, San Diego, CA
It's 2024! Join us for a fun and exciting weekday Photo Shoot in the beautiful month of February at the San Diego Zoo! The lighting, weather, and photo ops should all be good. The temperatures should be comfortable and the crowds not be too busy.
We will meet at the big tree to the right of the entrance in front of the membership booth at 8:30 a.m., do the group photo, go in at 8:45 a.m., go through the turnstiles, and wait to the right. We will enter the Zoo when it opens at 9:00 a.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 619-886-7893, and I will tell you where we are, but try not to 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 website:
San Diego Zoo (http://www.sandiegozoo.org/)
Our route will be determined a few days before the shoot and sent out to you. If anyone has any requests for animals they want to photograph, send me a message 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, sunscreen, 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 pass 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, 619-886-7893. 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.
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.
- 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
- 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.