Welcome

Welcome to the Raritan Photographic Society. Founded in 1929, we are New Jersey’s oldest photo club. As a member of the New Jersey Federation of Camera Clubs, we can enter state –wide competitions and the NJFCC’s Photorama, held in April.

Our season of lectures and digital and print competitions gives photographers of every skill level the opportunity to improve their technical and creative skills while socializing with other photographers.
Outings and workshops are planned based upon members suggestions and willingness to organize them, or, if you chose, you can suggest an activity through our Meet-Up page.

We have two social gatherings, a Holiday Dinner in December, and the End of Year Banquet in June. The June Banquet features our “Best of the Best” competition where the judge chooses the best of the year out of all the award winners from the closing season. The Best of the Best image becomes the cover image for our program for the following year.

We invite you to stop in for a meeting and speak with current members. If you like cameras, photography and camaraderie, Raritan Photographic Society may be the place for you. Check the schedule of events to see when and where we meet.

Jamie Shombert - President

The Pinelands (Lecture Mar 14 2019)

Richard Lewis was our guest speaker on Photographing the New Jersey Pinelands.  After covering the what and where of the Pine Barrens, Richard presented a series of beautiful photographs, creatively arranged in order of time of day.  He emphasized that composition is different when the subject is a flat landscape, wider than it is tall. 

Open Competition (Feb 28 2019)

Our second open digital competition of the season was judged by Steven Yahr.  Steven said if you want to succeed in a competition you need to think like a judge.  He provided twelve elements that judges look for (in order of priority):  Impact, Creativity, Technical Excellence, Composition, Lighting, Style, Presentation, Center of Interest, Subject Matter,

NJFCC Competition (Feb 14 2019)

Congratulations to Sharon Edwards , Barbara Eggermann , Carol Petscavage  and Jeff Pollitzer for receiving Honorable Mentions at the NJFCC Winter Pictorial competition, hosted by RPS.  Results are the sum of scores from three judges (Andrew Darlow, Greg DeAngelis and Vicki DeVico), there is no commentary.  20% of submission receive awards.  There were three categories

Critique Night (Jan 24 2019)

Following the Basics of Photography lecture, we had a critique night with experienced photographers reviewing photos related to the lecture.  This was commentary only, no scoring, and many members joined in the discussion.  One tag line became “less is more”, a reminder to make the main subject fill the screen and stand out to the viewer. 

January 10, 2019 Pat Carroll Presentation

On January 10th Pat Carroll gave a long presentation covering The Basics of Photography. He covered most of the setting found on today’s digital cameras and explained the various ways you can manipulate f-stops and the resulting exposures. Our January 24th meeting will be a Critique Night were all are welcome to bring their photos

Open Competition (Nov 29 2018)

Our judge for the Open (no theme) competition was Jennifer Khordi.  Jennifer is the founder of New Jersey Photographers on Facebook.  Here are some key insights from the competition.  Photos need a focal point, something that draws the viewer’s interest.  Sometimes it is necessary to crop more tightly to create that focal point.  Other times,

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