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 (5+)

Balboa Park 'Slow Down and Shoot' Challenge

Balboa Park- At the fountain in front of Rueben H. Fleet Museum

Did you receive (or invest in) a new piece of equipment for Christmas?? Here's your chance to take it out for a practice run! Or, if you have equipment or accessories you don't use often, but would love to become more familiar with, this event is for you! We will meet at the fountain at 7:45 for a brief explanation of what we will be doing, then we'll move through Balboa Park at a slow pace to allow everyone time to experiment with new or rarely used equipment. The photo ops in Balboa Park are unlimited, so bring whatever is new or not-so-new that you would like to practice with. Not only is this a great opportunity to practice with new cameras and lenses, but also with the accessories you don't think about until you need to use them - filters, ring flash, tripods, remote shutter release, etc. Note: If you are late, our first stop will be Spanish Village, head over there to find the group! In addition to learning new toys, this event is also a chance for you to slow down and think before shooting. During our walk, you are challenged to find the following five items (examples in the event photos above): #1 - A repeating pattern. #2 - Creative use of shadows. #3 - An accidental face. #4 - Hidden numbers or letters. #5 - A reflection. The equipment list is open - bring whatever you would like to spend more time experimenting with! 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.

Super Blood Wolf Moon Total Eclipse

Borrego Springs

Some name, huh? Super meaning moon is closest to earth and appears larger. Blood because sunlight will scatter making the moon turn red. Wolf because this is the first full moon in January. It will be a total eclipse. Bring zooms, tripod, remote, good chair, warm clothing and significant other for warmth if available, Irish coffee or your choice of beverage, headlamp or flashlight. If you want to go out early and do a hike, let me know. Caravan or people wanting to carpool please post it with your RSVP. 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.

Night Shoot at the University of San Diego

Mission Parking Structure

Join us for a Night Shoot at the University of San Diego. The campus has many architectural photo ops and there are views of San Diego, Point Loma, Mission Valley and Old Town from campus. We will meet at 4:00PM at the entrance of the Mission Parking Structure. The parking lot is located near the upper entrance to campus off Linda Vista Road. Turn into Alcala Park Way and get in the right lane. After the stop sign go straight and take an immediate right into the parking structure. Payment may be required until 7PM. Carpooling is strongly suggested. We will depart the parking structure on foot at 4:10PM sharp and walk to the west side of campus to photograph the sunset. From there we will make stops at a number of campus buildings. We plan to be at our cars by 6:30PM. Sunset 5:10PM, Civil Twilight ends 5:37PM Nautical Twilight ends 6:07PM You will need to bring a tripod and cable release if you have one. Wide angle or medium zooms are recommended. Dress according to the weather. Important: If you sign up, you must show up! If you change your RSVP shortly before the shoot and there is a waiting list we will count that as a No Show! Be courteous to the organizers and your fellow members and be mindful of this. 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.

January - Safari Park Shoot

San Diego Zoo Safari Park

The Safari Park Shoots will take place once a month on a Friday. TIME: 8:45 am - Meet at the gate and take the group picture and go in at 9:00 am when they open. GEAR: Whatever you are comfortable with. We do seem to bring longer lenses to the the Safari Park so if you would like to try out your long lenses, this is the place to bring them. Monopods and Tripods are welcome, but remember - you have to carry them all over the park. Hats and Sunscreen are sometimes needed in the winter, but not often. If you bring a refillable water bottle, most of the vendors are not open when we get there but I can help you find the water fountains throughout the park. The Route will be determined and posted a few days before the shoot. 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.

Past events (1,120)

Hawkwatch - 2019 redux

Begent Ranch

Photos (103,872)

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