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

Macro Critique (May 9 2019)

Following the Macro Tutorial, we had a Macro Critique evening.  Three RPS members provided commentary on the submitted images, there is no scoring, and other members are free to enter the discussion.  Remember that the general rules of composition still apply such as leading lines and rule of thirds.  Remove any distracting elements in the

Macro Photography (Tutorial Apr 25 2019)

RPS member Jeff Pollitzer gave a tutorial on macro photography, defined as 1:1 full frame image.  Think of a penny filling the frame as a guide.  There are specific, often expensive, lens for macros.  However a kit lens with extension tubes can also be used, particularly for those who just want to start exploring the

Basics of Lightroom (Apr 11 2019)

RPS member Dan Kirshner made a presentation on the use of Lightroom, an Adobe software product that allows organization and editing of photographs.  Lightroom is excellent for organizing, culling, cataloging and searching images.  It has a wide array of editing tools such as cropping, spot removal, exposure, contrast, highlights, shadows and color adjustments.  Editing can

Dan Kirshner’s Lightroom Seminar April 11, 2019

This is a FREE seminar on Lightroom basics, intended as an introduction. The seminar will be at our next regular meeting on Thursday, April 11 at the American Legion Post in Milltown, NJ. It is intended for those who are new to Lightroom, or interested in getting started. Lightroom is a powerful program for organizing,

Open Print Competition (Mar 28 2019)

Our only print competition of the season was judged by Jim LaSala.  Jim pointed out some considerations unique to prints, for example the size of the print and the color of the mat.  He wanted the images to tell a story in addition to following the basic rules of composition.  For B&W, he looked for

Field Trip – Liberty State Park (Mar 23 2019)

Jennifer Khordi, a previous competition judge, conducted a sunset workshop at Liberty State Park for RPS members.  The focus was on the Empty Sky Memorial and the Manhattan skyline.  Jennifer insisted on tripods, manual mode and the use of the LCD screen to compose pictures, not a viewfinder.  She provided guidance on settings to best

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