The Photochrome Camera Club of San Francisco was formed to provide an opportunity for members with a wide range of experience and interests to meet regularly to share, acquire, and develop photographic skills in a supportive and friendly environment where they can explore the potential of all aspects of photography.
To achieve these goals Photochrome uses the following tools:
The website: www.photochrome.org serves as a hub for all of the club’s information, keeping members up to date on all club activities, future and past as well as exhibiting member’s work.
Photochrome members meet twice a month, on the first and third Thursday of each month. Meetings may take one of the following formats. Except for Print Night, images are submitted electronically and projected. Specific directions for submitting images are in the Member section. See Calendar for the current meeting schedule:
- ‘Open Subject’ nights: Members show images which may be of any subject matter. Images are projected and commented on. Members may share what, when and/or how they took their images, other members may provide feedback on the image quality and effectiveness.
- ‘Theme’ nights: The subject matter has been previously decided and posted in the calendar. Images are projected and commented on. Comments will be on how well the image meets the theme as well as technical quality.
- ‘Judged’ nights: A judge (commentator from outside the club) provides an analysis of each image and may engage the maker and other club members in a discussion on the quality or effectiveness of the image.
- ‘Print’ nights: Members bring in and share their printed images, with emphasis on printing techniques and challenges, as well as specific printers and papers used.
Board meetings are held on the second Thursday of every month. Club members are welcome to join board members in discussing club business.
Field trips are usually held on a Saturday morning. Members have the chance to explore a local area, share tricks and techniques, get to know each other better, and just have a good time. Members often meet for coffee afterwards to share their experiences. Images from the field trip are shown at one of the regular meetings following the outing.
End of Year Competition
Held in mid-November, the Photochrome ImageFest is designed for those members who enjoy the competition side of a Camera Club. Images in several categories are electronically submitted and judged by photographers outside of the club. Winning images are announced and shown at the annual dinner in December.
Photochrome usually says goodbye to the year by holding a celebratory dinner in mid-December. Members enjoy good food, good company and a slide show featuring all members’ images from the year and the winning images from the ImageFest competition.