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.

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Borrego Milky Way

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Note: This is one of three Milky Way shoots in June. In order to give everyone an opportunity, please only sign up for one.

Join us for a Milky Way shoot at the Galleta Meadows sculptures! We'll meet at on the west side of Christmas Circle at 8 pm and do a quick overview, then head off to shoot at several sculptures. Be sure you are on time, as we will be leaving Christmas Circle soon after 8 p.m.

The sun sets just before 8 o' clock, and the Milky Way will be visible as soon as we have complete darkness.

Bring your widest and fastest lens, a sturdy tripod, a remote shutter release, a flashlight with red light capability, and caffeine. Snacks, water, 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.

As always, we'll post some shooting tips in the comments.

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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How to Transform Your Images into Painterly Composites with Char Webster

Many times, nature presents perfection. Other times, nature presents perfection accompanied by serious background distractions. Sometimes a great solution is combining elements of one image with elements of another. Called compositing, the process allows the photographer to design wonderfully creative stories and unique art.

If you'd like to learn how to transform some of your images into painterly composites, join us with PPS member Char Webster to learn tips and techniques that will get you started and also expedite your success. The meeting room is located next to the photography exhibits at the Del Mar Fair. The date is July 1 from 2:30 - 3:30 PM.

This event is free with the purchase of a San Diego County Fair entry ticket.

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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Mission San Luis Rey

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Join us for this return visit to Mission San Luis Rey in Oceanside on Thursday, July 7, 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.

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

Please note that we will be providing access to the photos posted on the PPS event page to the Mission for their potential use. By participating and posting your photographs, you are agreeing to their potential use and you are providing your release to the Mission without compensation.

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.

Rancho Santa Fe Cars & Coffee

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Join us for a fun car show with automobile owners showing off their prized possessions.

The Rancho Santa Fe Cars and Coffee automobile enthusiast event celebrates automotive excellence each Saturday morning in beautiful Rancho Santa Fe. On display will be some of the finest sports and luxury cars — hypercars, supercars, exotic cars, rare vintage cars, and other extraordinary cars.

The Rancho Santa Fe Cars and Coffee is held every Saturday from 8-11 AM (weather permitting) on the public streets in the center of Rancho Santa Fe, California.

What to Bring:
Medium zoom lenses will probably work best for this, but you can also use wide angle and longer zooms for detail.

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 event 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.

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Past events (1,543)

46th Annual Scottish Highland Games - June 26

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