SEE YOU ON OCTOBER 13...Please note this is a SECOND Thursday, not our usual day to meet!
The Sonora Photo Club was founded in 2005 in the California Gold Country city of Sonora, California, to promote the art of photography. Photographers of all experience levels, from beginner to professional, are welcome to join and meet in a supportive and friendly environment, where expertise and skills can be shared and developed in all aspects of photography.
We welcome visitors to our meetings and would love to have you drop by and meet us. We meet on the third Thursday of each month from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM with a social half-hour from 5:30 PM to 6:00 PM in the Tuolumne County Library meeting room at 480 Greenley Road, Sonora, 95370. See additional information on the Meetings page, including the date for each of the monthly meetings, which can change on occasion. You can also find our meeting agenda and meeting minutes on that page.
The club’s goal is to explore the entire photographic experience from equipment to photographic techniques, from shooting to post processing and printing. Toward that end, we offer an opportunity for members to display and discuss their photos, learn new tips and techniques, and seek advice on issues they may have with experienced photographers who are club members. Most importantly, we provide a friendly forum where we can share our knowledge and learn from each other.
In addition to meetings, members of the club may meet occasionally to head out for a shoot in the local area. Located in California’s gold country and close to Yosemite, our club has a wealth of opportunities to explore the old mining towns of the Mother Lode, the many specialized farms, ranches and wineries, and the grandeur of Yosemite National Park and the Sonora Pass area.
It's easy to become a member. You might want to attend a meeting or two before you join and that is fine with us. The total cost of membership, which includes membership in the Motherlode Art Association, is $30.00. To learn more about becoming a member or to ask a question visit the Membership page. We have a leadership Board, voted in each year in January, but we are a membership-driven organization and the participation of members is what helps the club to provide interesting and fun meetings.
The club offers several opportunities for members to show their photographs, including slide shows, theme of the month presentations, hanging work in public buildings, and linking to a club member's website from the club website. Additionally, we post member images on the club website annually.
In past years the club has held an annual photography contest and awarded ribbons to winning members. Other opportunities might be in the form of a special presentation or of additional competitions or public hanging opportunities as they arise.
In September the club is gathering at Big Trees State Park to take photographs, this was arranged by a club member. All club members are encouraged to attend and to give some thought to setting up a club meet at a destination of their choice.
In each meeting, the first order of business is usually for each member to present up to three of their best photographs in digital form. The photos are based on a theme, which changes each month and the theme is decided by the club membership. Past themes have included clouds, wild animals, Spring color, a letter of the alphabet, and portraits, to name only a few. Themes for 2022 include: Vintage, Macro/Close Up, and f/16.
At most meetings a member will have signed up to create a slide show and that will be shown and discussed. At some meetings there will be a presentation on a specific aspect of photography, such as macro or wildlife photography.
Other agenda items may include discussions on equipment, techniques, and software; presentations on photo software and techniques; sharing of local events that might provide good photography opportunities; and, a detailed presentation on the post processing of a photograph.
Our club member websites
Some club members have one or more websites and if you want to see their work you can visit the websites from the Member Photos page.
Flower Image, Kathy Syverson
Fox, Connie Cassinetto
Mountain Scene, Bill Heiser
Any club member can have their website listed and it will be linked from the club's Member Photos page.