PSA Yerba Buena Chapter


The Yerba Buena Chapter of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) was founded in 1973 by Joseph P. Fallon, Jr. to bring closer ties with PSA into the Bay Area.  It comprises all PSA members in the following counties: Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano and Sonoma. Membership in the Yerba Buena Chapter is free of charge.

Our purpose is to provide additional educational opportunities to photographers, whether PSA members or not, and to spread the word about our parent organization, PSA. To that end we sponsor two all-day Chapter programs during the year, featuring either well-known photographers or special hands-on workshops, which are always well attended. The fee structure is generally modest, and less for PSA members than non-members. Presenters of some of our past programs include Sam Abell, Huntington Witherill, André Gallant, Gary Crabbe, Brenda Tharp, Jeremy Sutton, and Steve Traudt.

We also hold Judges Seminars, including one
run in spring 2013
with the purpose of attracting new judges for the local club level, which was very successful.

Click to review the latest copy of our newsletter,

The PSA Star.
Russ comes to us on the very high recommendation of Rodney Sweet of Contra Costa Camera Club who recently attended one of his workhops. Rodney said the following of him: "Not only is Russ Burden an excellent photographer, he is a superb teacher. He uses extensive hand-outs with thorough descriptions of what we would be seeing, what equipment would be best, and pointers on shooting.  He is well prepared and gives as much personal attention as requested.  I learned so much from Russ. It was a pleasure traveling with him.” He also said that Russ was the best workshop leader he had ever experienced. So we hope that you will be well motivated  to attend.
For flyer and registration information, CLICK HERE.


Although it has been a few years since the Judges Seminar, led by Jon Fishbach, the PSA Education Chairman, was completed, it is always possible to become an N4C judge. Without the formal seminar, judge hopefuls should seek guidance in N4C's Judges Manual, which is available on their website ( The Manual is a comprehensive collection of articles by judges for judges.
Additionally, a number of the Judging Mentors are still willing to work with incipient judges to get them started. The list is below:

For prospective judges still interested in mentoring, please contact the following in advance to make reservations via their email address!
Name of Mentor
 Joan Field
 P, T, J, N, C
 Dan Katzman
 Pictorial  Clayton
 Claudia Peterson
 P, N
 San Jose
 Barrie Bieler
 P, N, C  Walnut Creek (Rossmoor)
 Lois Shouse
 P, T, J, N, C  Sunnyvale
 Joe Hearst
 P, T, C
 Gene Morita
 P & Prints
 San Rafael
 Burr Preston
 P, T, C, N, Prints
 San Francisco
 Alison Brooks
 Prints, P, C, N
 Betty Toepfer
 All categiories
 Meet at Saratoga Library
P = Pictorial; T = Travel; J = Journalism,: N = Nature; C = Creative
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