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Serving the Bay Area Community of Professional Photographers since 1949

Providing Education, Certification, Image Critique and Competition, and Peer-to-Peer Networking



Monthly Programs:

Monthly meetings cover a one and half- to two hour presentation by our guest speaker. Speaker topics have included, maternity and newborn, commercial, architecture, macro, pets, sports, traveling, landscapes, wedding, family portraits, senior portraits, Photoshop and Lightroom


All-day workshops designed to bring the latest and greatest concepts and techniques to our members. 

Photo Safaris

Are you into macro, landscape or wildlife photography?  We’re planning a couple of group outings where you can refine your skills with fellow photographers.   portrait and wedding photographer.

Image Competition:

How will your images stack up against other local professionals? Receive image critiques from professional members to help you improve your photographic skills

Degrees and Certificates:

The following degrees and certificates are for PPSCV members who are also Professional Photographers of America (PPA) members, or plan to become members of PPA.

PPSCV supports and hosts study groups to help you obtain a CPP certificate, a Masters degree, or a Craftsmans degree from PPA . You can obtain educational credits towards your degree by attending our monthly programs and workshops. 


The Certified Professional Photographer credential was started in 1977 as a way to identify professional photographers who have demonstrated technical competence through a written exam and photographic image submission.

No matter the field, people take certifications very seriously. It’s a way of showing dedication and expertise. Becoming a CPP lets potential clients know that you take your craft – and their needs – seriously.

CPP study group – For those looking to sit for the CPP exam, we’ll be hosting study groups to help you get ready for the exam. 

PPA Degrees

As a PPA member, you can pursue three degrees to further develop yourself, your craft and your business. These are:

Master of Photography (M.Photog.)
Awarded for superior photographic skills demonstrated through the Photographic Open category of PPA’s International Photographic Competition, advanced education, and service to the industry.


Photographic Craftsman (Cr.Photog.)
Awarded for service as a speaker, author or mentor, this degree shows that you have gone beyond the creation of images and dedicated your time to move the industry forward and encourage education.


Master Artist (M.Artist) (formerly known as the Master of Electronic Imaging Degree)
A degree awarded to photographers for superior photographic skills demonstrated through the Artist Exhibition category of PPA’s International Photographic Competition (with images evaluated for computer-applied techniques and proficiency), advanced education and service to the industry.

Silicon Valley School Classes: