What we're about

Welcome to the San Diego Photography Collective.

We are amateurs up thru professional photographers using film and digital cameras, who enjoy getting together to discuss photography, cameras, photo related topics, goings-on in the photography world & sharing our techniques and expertise, along with exploring and capturing our world with our cameras, as a group and individually.
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Join us on our group photography outings to locations of interest throughout San Diego County and beyond, or meet up with us at one of our monthly social get togethers to share your work and for stimulating conversation and discussions.

If you are interested in hosting a photography outing or event, we'll help you set it up.

Newbies are always welcome!
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Upcoming events (1)

John Free Street Photography in San Diego
Needs a date and time

Balboa Park - Fountain in front of the Rueben H. Fleet Center

I am helping the internationally renowned street photographer John Free arrange to teach a four hour street photography workshop in San Diego . I am thinking Balboa Park or Old Town might be good locations, anyone interested please email me for more info at [masked] Cheers Michael John Free writes about his workshop goal.... ......"The intent of my photography workshops is to provide an understanding of what street photography is and how it can be a wonderful part of a photographer’s life. To know what is expected of the social documentary photographer leads to the understanding in a photographer of its important and its magnitude and also what it holds for society in general. The whole idea and intent is to make meaningful visual poems of the daily life of mankind in the environment in which mankind thrives, lives and dies. His triumphs and tragedies, but photographed with love and a compassionate understanding of what must be included in the expertly made photographs that might tell his or her story in a way that the viewer of the photograph might, because of the visual and aesthetic power of the photography, be moved emotionally by it, or affected in some way for having seen it. My job is to broaden a photographers perspective of this process and to provide suggestions that might give a photographer a better understanding of where to point the camera and also what must be included or excluded from the frame to accomplish providing enough visual information to the viewer and at the same time by excluding the distracting elements or details from the frame that might be confusing or distracting to the viewer. I want to share with photographers techniques I have learned in 47 years of my working as a documentary/street photographer. These techniques might enable photographers to better recognize potential subject material that can be found all around us almost everywhere. The most important aspect of this process is speed. Speed in the recognition of a potential subject and speed in identifying all the elements, factors and details that are visible in the subject area of interest. How to arrange by the placement of the camera these details in a way that might provide more visual power to help support the center of interest. The center of interest is king. Speed in the photographer is king. Survival is an important part of my workshops. Photographing strangers at close range can result in sensitive situations for the photographer and knowing how to avoid trouble and learning techniques on how to resolve these tense situations, will allow the photographer to feel more comfortable about getting in close to the subject, which is very important. “The photographs were not good enough, because the photographer was not close enough”, is a comment I have heard, read and known personally for many years. Survival techniques can be very valuable for the serious photographer who wants to get closer, but is afraid to do so. By serious, I mean a dedicated photography student, (we are all students) who wishes to acquire knowledge that will enable him or her to climb higher and higher on the ladder towards personal excellence in photography. Photography has given me a wonderful view of life around me and also the personal knowledge of what I must photograph and why I must point my lens in the direction that is most important for the viewer of my photographs. I do not make photographs for myself only. I make photographs for you and for all, always for you and hopefully my photographs and my teaching will lead to a better understand among photographers and among the viewers of these incredible images that are made with an attentive mind, a compassionate heart and filtered through the soul. Allow me with great pleasure to lead photographers to this magic and loving place in our hearts, where the great photographs come from." John Free John Free Photography Social Documentary & Street Photography Link: Workshops (http://www.johnfreephotography.com/street-photography-workshops/)

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