Camera Clubs

Camera Clubs in California

Directory of U.S. Photography Organizations

If you are an amateur or professional photographer from California, joining a camera club or a photography organization can help improve your photography with a supportive community, skill development opportunities, and resources like workshops and equipment.

  • Joining a camera club is a great way to learn new skills and techniques from experienced photographers and fellow enthusiasts.
  • Camera clubs often organize photo walks, workshops, and competitions, which are excellent opportunities to challenge yourself and connect with other photographers.
  • They can also provide access to studio space, equipment rentals, and professional guest speakers.
  • If you're a beginner, don't be intimidated! Most clubs are welcoming and supportive, and there are often members of all skill levels.
Most camera clubs in California will allow you to attend a meeting (sometimes several) for FREE - before you decide to join and pay any membership dues.
📸 Did you know?
Some of the most iconic photographers, like Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Alfred Stieglitz, Robert Capa and Edward Weston, were once members of camera clubs.

Not sure if you should join a camera club?
Need more help to decide? Be sure to read this article about why you should join a camera club.


Select your city in the state of California:


Camera Club
Alameda Photographic Society
Alameda, CA


Camera Club
Photochromers
Altadena, CA


Camera Club
Santa Maria Camera Club
Arroyo Grande, CA


Camera Club
Placer County Photography Club
Auburn, CA


PPA Affiliate
Channel Islands Professional Photographers Association
Camarillo, CA

Camera Club
Ventura County Camera Club
Camarillo, CA


PPA Affiliate
Professional Photographers of Orange County
Corona, CA


Camera Club
Photographic Society of Orange County
Costa Mesa, CA


PPA Affiliate
Professional Photographers of Los Angeles County
Culver City, CA


PPA Affiliate
Professional Photographers of San Diego County
El Cajon, CA


Camera Club
North County Photographic Society
Encinitas, CA


PPA Affiliate
Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers
Fontana, CA


Camera Club
Fremont Photographic Society
Fremont, CA


Camera Club
Fresno Camera Club
Fresno, CA


Camera Club
Glendora Camera Club
Glendora, CA

Camera Club Council
Southern California Council of Camera Clubs
Glendora, CA


Camera Club
South County Photo Club
Irvine, CA


Camera Club
Camera Club of Laguna Woods Village
Laguna Woods Village, CA


Camera Club
Lancaster Photography Association
Lancaster, CA


Camera Club
Livermore Valley Camera Club
Livermore, CA


Camera Club
America Sri Lankan Photographic Art Society
Los Angeles, CA


Camera Club
Los Gatos - Saratoga Camera Club
Los Gatos, CA


Camera Club
Merced Camera Club
Merced, CA


Camera Club
Milpitas Camera Club
Milpitas, CA


Camera Club
Morgan Hill Photography Club
Morgan Hill, CA


Camera Club
fStops Camera Club
Northridge, CA


Camera Club
Marin Photography Club
Novato, CA


Camera Club
Padre Trails Camera Club
Pacific Grove, CA


Camera Club
Coachella Valley Desert Camera Club
Palm Springs, CA


Camera Club
Nevada County Camera Club
Penn Valley, CA


Camera Club
Contra Costa Camera Club
Pleasant Hill, CA


PPA Affiliate
Professional Photographers of Sacramento Valley
Rocklin, CA


Camera Club
Sierra Camera Club Of Sacramento
Sacramento, CA


Camera Club Council
Southern California Association of Camera Clubs
San Diego, CA

Camera Club
Poly Photo Club
San Diego, CA

Camera Club
Darkroomers Photographic Club
San Diego, CA


Camera Club
Photochrome Club Of San Francisco
San Francisco, CA


PPA Affiliate
Professional Photographers Association of Santa Clara Valley
San Jose, CA

Camera Club
Santa Clara Camera Club
San Jose, CA

Camera Club
Villages Camera Club
San Jose, CA


Camera Club Council
Northern California Council of Camera Clubs
San Leandro, CA


Camera Club
Vietnamese Photographic Society of California
Santa Ana, CA


Camera Club
Channel City Camera Club
Santa Barbara, CA


Camera Club
Santa Rosa Photographic Society
Santa Rosa, CA


PPA Afffiliate
Professional Photographers of Wine Country
Sebastopol, CA


Camera Club
Stockton Camera Club
Stockton, CA


Camera Club
Taft Camera Club
Taft, CA


Camera Club
South Bay Camera Club
Torrance, CA


Camera Club
Tracy Camera Club
Tracy, CA


Camera Club Council
San Joaquin Valley Camera Club Council
Turlock, CA


PPA Affiliate
Professional Photographers of California
Valencia, CA


Camera Club
Thousand Oaks Photogroup
Westlake Village, CA

Use this link for a list of National Photography organizations.


Types of Camera Clubs in California:

Camera Club

A camera club is an organized group of photography enthusiasts in California who gather regularly to share their passion for photography, learn from each other, participate in workshops, and often engage in competitions and exhibitions.

Camera Club Council

A regional camera club council acts as an umbrella organization coordinating activities, competitions, and events among multiple California camera clubs, fostering collaboration and shared learning opportunities within a larger regional or thematic area.

PPA Affiliate

A regional photography group that is officially recognized by the Professional Photographers of America (PPA), allowing its California based members access to PPA's resources, educational programs, and certifications. Learn more about PPA in this article.


This listing of camera clubs in California is provided and maintained by Photographer and Photo Educator Joe Edelman.

Inclusion on this page is NOT an endorsement.
Groups are listed here either because I have personal experience with them OR I have reviewed their website, investigated them using Google, and did not find a compelling reason to exclude them from the listing.

Help me keep this listing up-to-date and accurate. If you find any errors or if you are aware of a group that should be included, please submit current details about your organization.


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