The Portland Photographic Society provides photographers with an opportunity to improve their skills and share their knowledge with others. Photographers of all levels share images at PPS meetings, explore with our field trips, and participate in our educational programs. We welcome visitors and new members – feel free to come to one of our monthly meetings.
- Projected image sharing, discussion, and competitions on the 1st Monday of the month
- Educational programs and movies on selected 2nd or 4th Mondays of the month
- Printed image sharing and discussion on the 3rd Monday of the month
- Field trips around the Northwest throughout the year
- Entry into regional and national competitions with other clubs
- Gallery space on the PPS web site to exhibit your work
- Access to the PPS email list (via Google Groups) where we announce the majority of our activities
- Make new friends and learn from experienced digital and film photographers
- Learn about new photographic locations in the Pacific Northwest
- Have fun and improve your picture-taking skills
- Teach and share your knowledge with others
- Membership dues are only $35.00 a year
Become a Member
The Portland Photographic Society is a non-profit organization (formed as an Oregon Public Benefit Non-Profit Corporation) and all membership dues are used to pay for the costs of our events, such as renting meeting venues. PPS members do not draw a salary or stipend, and work entirely as volunteers. Although we meet in a church, we are not affiliated with any particular faith or religion, and are open to all.
Membership dues are only $35 per year, and are billed on the PPS activity calendar, which begins in September and ends in August. Alternatively, a less expensive “non-competing” membership option is available at $10 per year, but does not entitle the member to display their images at club meetings (our “Projected Image” or “Print” meetings). If you are interested in everything the PPS has to offer, or just want to help support the group, the full membership is the best choice.
Of course, please feel free to attend one of our meetings (excluding field trips) before becoming a member, so that you can see what we’re all about and if the PPS is right for you. If you have any questions about membership, or the PPS in general, please feel free to contact us. Please note that as a member, you will be required to sign a liability waiver. This document can be previewed here. If you are the parent or guardian of a minor (under age 18), please see this version.
If you’re ready to become a member, please click the “Buy Now” button below to make an online payment with credit card or bank transfer. You do not need a personal PayPal account to use this feature.
For payment instructions by postal mail or in person, please contact us.
About Projected Image Night
The Portland Photographic Society holds image sharing and discussion for our members during Projected Image Night (on the first Monday of the month), with a focus on sharing photos, photo ideas, locations, constructive criticism, and knowledge.
For each month, a “theme” is provided in advance (see our calendar or our history), such as “Self Portraits” or “Autumn” or “Humorous”. These “theme” images are discussed in a separate round from “open” category images, which can be any type of image or subject matter. A third group of images is “comments” category where we discuss the image, but the judges don’t score them.
Images are scored by three judges, on a “1 to 9” scale, with 9 being the best (in practice, actual image scores fall in the 6 to 9 range). The number of points are totaled for each image (for example, 6+7+7=20) and the highest-scoring image (or, sometimes, tied images) are the winners. Judging is a very subjective process, so an image may receive very different scores depending on the judges present at the time. Consequently, we try not to take judging and scoring too seriously.
Images that are scored in these competitions can also be entered in regional competitions through the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs and in national competitions through the Photographic Society of America, providing opportunities to have your images viewed by photographers nationwide. Images shown to the club during the year can be entered in our year-end “Image of the Year” competitions. You can see previous winning images here.
All types of film and digital cameras and photographic equipment are allowed and used by our members, including cell phones, point-and-shoot cameras, mirrorless and rangefinder cameras, digital and film SLRs, and medium-format and large-format cameras.
Projected images are displayed by a digital projector, similar to what you would find in a modern college classroom. Images are displayed at 1920 x 1080 pixels by an Epson 5025UB digital projector, on a high-quality 6’x9′ matte white projection screen. Discussion focuses on composition, lighting, intent, meaning, and the other aspects of photography. Projected images also provide an easy opportunity to receive feedback on your images and view them at a large scale, before committing to making a large print.
About Print Night
Print nights provide an opportunity to print out your photos in a variety of sizes and share them with other members. Depending on the size of the print, the print nights provide the opportunity to demonstrate technical mastery and printing skill — resolution, sharpness, exposure range, tonal gradation and tonal range, contrast, and other qualities that may not be perceptible in a projected image — in addition to the many other aspects of photography, such as composition, lighting, subject matter, and printing methods.
Images are viewed in five groups. (1) Monthly theme images, (2) Large color, (3) Large monochrome, (4) Small color, and (5) Small monochrome. For the monthly Theme, print night uses the same thematic category each month as projected image night, which are on the calendar.
Unlike projected image night, print night does not involve the traditional competition and scoring of images. Rather, we discuss the prints as a group in a less-formal setting, with comments from the maker and the members.
Leadership for 2015-2016
- President – Adam Calamar
- Vice President – Meei Lum
- Treasurer – Eddie Greenly (gallery)
- Secretary – Paula Burgess (gallery)
- Past President – Jon Lesch (gallery)
- Electronic Image Chair – Robert Sleator
- Honorary/Unofficial Print Chair – Mike Burgess
- Membership Chair – Paula Burgess (gallery)
- Field Trip Chair – Position Open
- PSA Representative – Jim Baker (gallery)
- 4Cs Representative – Position Open
- Webmaster – Adam Calamar