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.

Rich Doerr - President

Fashion Photography (Lecture Nov 1 2018)

Orlett Pearson McCall gave a presentation on fashion and beauty photography.  Runway photography is challenging because it is fast moving with little control over the lighting.  You need to anticipate what is coming to catch the moment.  Studio photography offers the opportunity to work with multiple lighting effects and fans.  Hair and make-up artists not

Venetian Peoples Choice Award (Oct 24 2018)

Congratulations to Imma Barrera for winning the Peoples Choice Award at the Venetian. Her photo “Liberty Fireworks” was selected by the residents and will be purchased by the Venetian to be permanently displayed in a public area of the facility. 

Member’s Critique (Oct 25 2018)

Following the Basics of Composition tutorial, we had our first Member’s Critique session.  Three salon members served as “judges” and anyone could submit photos for review (no scoring).  There was a lot of lively discussion, sometimes everyone was in agreement, other times their opinions diverged.  A common theme in the commentary was to pay more

Basics of Composition (Tutorial Oct 11 2018)

RPS member Imma Barrera gave a tutorial on Basics of Composition.  Imma commented that photos are meant to tell a story.  Composition directs the viewer to the key elements of the story.  Pay attention to such things as negative space, the rule of thirds, leading lines, framing, size, color and lighting to improve your composition. 

Abandoned/Old Competition (Sept 27 2018)

First competition under the new system – fewer photos entered allowing more time for judge’s commentary.  Our judge was Alan Bogard, president of the Monmouth and Manalapan Photography Clubs. The theme was Abandoned/Old. Alan pointed out that in a themed competition it is very important that the most impactful element of the image be aligned

Artistic Vision (Sept 13 Lecture)

Our new season kicked off with a lecture on Artistic Vision by Kimberly Ducoté-Schimmel.  We learned about the challenges of doing commercial photography on location, as opposed to studio. Remember that it is the photographer’s job to make the ordinary look the best possible, perhaps using unusual angles or lighting.  Always have your camera at

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