Monthly Image Themes for 2019-2020

September 2019 – Macro

  • Take an extreme closeup such that the resulting image is larger than life-size. Any small subject such as insects, flowers, food, or plants can be the focus of your image.

October 2019 – Doors as frames

  • Use a door or doorway to frame the subject of your image. The door or doorway shouldn’t be the subject; it should only be a frame for it.

November 2019 – Mirror Image

  • A mirror image has two parts that are reversed from each other. You can create a mirror image in the computer or find one naturally in the physical world.

December 2019 – Portraits

  • A portrait should not show just the physical side of the subject but should try to capture the essence of who the person is. Show us more about the person, not just how he or she looks.

January 2020 – Musical Instrument

  • Make an image of any type of musical instrument, either by itself or one being played.

February 2020 – Texture

  • Textures are how things feel to the touch, they can be rough or smooth, with large or small repeating or non-repeating patterns and shapes. Make the texture of objects or elements in the image a key component of your image.

March 2020 – Abstract

  • Make an image that relies on form, color, and shapes to present a non-literal, interpretation of your subject.

April 2020 – Pairs

  • Take a picture of any two related items, parts, creatures, 
    or people.

May 2020 – Composite

  • A composite is a digital montage from at least 2 images. Use any editing techniques such as masking, layering, selections, etc. to create a composite from at least 2 images. Subject matter is open.

Judging & Scoring Guidelines

On August 6, 2018, we had a workshop to help us all understand the judging and scoring system adhered to by the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs (4Cs). PPS is affiliated with 4Cs and many of our members enjoy the competition provided in this arena.

Beginning with the September 2018 season, we will be using this system for our project image scoring. Submissions to the Theme category will also be judged according to the description of the theme.

If you missed the workshop, please click here to download a PDF of the presentation!

Monthly Image Themes for 2018-2019

September 2018 – Portland Skyline

  • Try for a unique view of the Portland skyline, either down town, stump town, or the east side.

October 2018 – Action

  • A depiction of dramatic movement. The subject could be animate or inanimate, and the movement could be imminent or ongoing, but it should be dramatic: something involving rapid motion, change in direction, or an emotional component.

November 2018 – Past Its Prime

  • Any subject that it starting to look a little shabby such as old cars, barns, old buildings, drooping flowers, people that look like they are on the downhill slide.

December 2018 – Rain Reflections

  • Night shots of lights, buildings etc reflected in the rain on streets and sidewalks

January 2019 – Curves

February 2019 – Multiple Exposures

  • Two or more unique exposures superimposed on each other either done in-camera or in post processing. Does not include HDR, focus stacking etc.

March 2019 – Deliberately breaking the rules of composition

  • For example, putting the primary subject somewhere other than the rule of thirds would suggest, or placing the horizon dead center vertically

April 2019 – Through Window

  • Could be night shots taken through windows from outside or daylight from inside to inside

May 2019 – At Night

  • Anything shot after dusk and before dawn. That includes but not limited to a Milky Way shoot, star trails, city skyline at night to that grungy back alley after dark (if you are brave enough).

How to shoot Star Trails presentation

Below is a link to our presentation on Star Trails photography, which is based on the many things we learned on field trips this spring.


You may also be interested in the presentations documents from our education class on the subject:



Star Trails & Milky Way Presentations

On Monday, March 27, PPS member Victor Dallons gave an excellent presentation on shooting star trails!

If you missed the presentation, or need a copy of the slides, click the link below:

Taking Star Trail Images – PPS Presentation

On Monday, April 24, Victor followed up with another presentation on shooting the Milky Way!

If you missed the presentation, or need a copy of the slides, click the link below:

Mily Way Photos – PPS Presentation

New meeting location starting December 1st, 2014

St Paul Lutheran Church

St. Paul Lutheran Church

Starting December 1st, 2014 the new meeting location for the Portland Photographic Society will be St. Paul Lutheran Church, 3880 SE Brooklyn Street Portland, OR 97202 (Google maps link), about 1.5 miles North of our previous location, at the intersection of SE 39th and Brooklyn.

The parking lot (shown in the photo to the left) is on the West side of the church, on the other side of the building from SE 39th.

We are still meeting Monday nights at 7:00pm, and we now have the opportunity to meet any/every Monday night.  We hope to use this time for more educational programs, taught by our members in addition to guests.  Beginning in January 2015, we will have openings on the calendar for educational programs on the second and fourth Monday of the month.