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Jan
9
Sat
Year End Competition
Jan 9 all-day

The Darkroomers 2020 Year End Competition will be held virtually with images being sent to judges and scores being returned via email by mid-January. Winners will be announced during the January 27 Virtual Happy Hour in lieu of our annual banquet

Jan
20
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night
Jan 20 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ San Diego | California | United States

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night via Zoom!

Our judge for January is Alex Kunz.

Members will be emailed with Zoom meeting information. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us to be added to the guest list.

Image critiques are available for members only. If you’d like more information about joining Darkroomers, please check out our membership page and email us if you have any questions.

About Alex Kunz

Alexander S. Kunz is a professional landscape, nature and real estate photographer. His photographic passion are intimate landscapes and native flora alike. He also works as a Lightroom tutor, expert, problem solver, and as a photography tutor and mentor. Originally from Germany, he calls San Diego County his home for more than ten years now. He is the current president of the Sierra Club San Diego chapter’s Photo Section and also volunteers as a judge for local and international photo clubs and contests.

Jan
27
Wed
Darkroomers Virtual Happy Hour and Year End Awards Ceremony
Jan 27 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

In lieu of a banquet, our 2020 Year End Awards Ceremony will be held via Virtual Happy Hour. We will recognize those who have won awards, achieved greatness, contributed immensely, and dedicated themselves to the club and teaching others the art of photography.

Members will be sent Zoom meeting info via email.

 

 

Feb
3
Wed
Tips and Tricks for Dance (and Sports) Photography
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for an exciting presentation about dance and sports photography with Willie Sakai!

West Coast Elite regional competition at Rancho Bernardo High School by Willie Sakai

If you’ve ever been frustrated with capturing rapid action, this talk is for you.  Out of focus shots?  Horribly overexposed images?  Stuck with crummy light?  Been there, done that.

Dance, sports, and event photographers are often faced with multiple challenges – fast moving subjects, no option for do-overs, no control over lighting, limited time to shoot, venue restrictions, and dealing with a massive number of image files.

This talk will cover tips for meeting such challenges, where you’ll learn how to:
– Choose gear for capturing action
– Refine your auto focus settings
– Tame your exposure meter
– Compose compelling images
– Organize a high-volume digital workflow

Even if action-oriented photography isn’t your thing, this knowledge is still applicable to other situations such as street photography, chasing your kids/grandkids around, concert photography, etc.

Darkroomers members will be sent Zoom login info via email. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us so we can add you to the guest list.

About Willie Sakai

Willie Sakai caught the photo bug as a teenager, way back in the film days.  He switched to DSLR in 2005 to capture better photos of his daughter, who had started competitive dancing at an early age.  As volunteer photographers for their daughter’s high school dance team, Willie and his wife Lois acquired more gear and learned techniques for capturing fast-moving subjects in less-than-ideal lighting.

After their daughter finished high school in 2010, Willie and Lois founded Jade Coast Photography, specializing in portraiture for dancers, seniors, and families.  Still interested in improving his skills, Willie joined the Professional Photographers of San Diego County (PPSDC), where he has served as webmaster since 2017.

Experience with PPSDC image competitions has led to recent recognition:
– Multiple ribbons at the Del Mar Fair Exhibition of Photography
– PPSDC Illustrative Photographer of the Year (2019 and 2020)
– PPSDC 2020 Digital Imaging Photographer of the Year
– PPSDC 2020 Image of the Year
– PPSDC 2020 Photographer of the Year

To think it all started with wanting to take better dance pictures.

Feb
17
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night
Feb 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night via Zoom!

Our judge for January is Alan Hess.

Members will be emailed with Zoom meeting information. If you’d like to attend as a guest, please contact us to be added to the guest list.

Image critiques are available for members only. If you’d like more information about joining Darkroomers, please check out our membership page and email us if you have any questions.

Mar
17
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Photographic Arts Building
Mar 17 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night. Members bring in prints for critique. Those prints accepted by the Judge will hang for up to 2 months in our member gallery.

Judges Vary Monthly. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served!

To become a member and submit your images for critique. Visit our Membership page

Mar
31
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Meeting @ Photographic Arts Building
Mar 31 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Our 5th Wednesday meetings are gallery hanging and social meetings. Hob-knob with some of the area’s experts in amateur photography and enjoy delicious Hors d’oeuvres !

 

Apr
7
Wed
Darkroomers Quarterly Competition @ Photographic Arts Building
Apr 7 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for our Quarterly Image Competition.

The Quarterly Image Competition is a special event for Darkroomers. Guests can come and vote on images but only members can submit images. The competition is theme based and the theme is identified at the beginning of the quarter. The meetings are a social event with Hors d’oeuvres and drinks being served. Members and guests can walk around and take in the images and vote on the ones they like.

Apr
10
Sat
Darkroomers Weekend Workshop Series @ Photographic Arts Building
Apr 10 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Join Darkroomers for their Weekend Workshop Series.

Topics vary monthly.

Apr
21
Wed
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Photographic Arts Building
Apr 21 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night. Members bring in prints for critique. Those prints accepted by the Judge will hang for up to 2 months in our member gallery.

Judges Vary Monthly. Drinks and hors d’oeuvres will be served!

To become a member and submit your images for critique. Visit our Membership page