RC Photo Club, Inc.

Welcome to the Rancho Cucamonga Photography Club

The RC Photo Club meets in Rancho Cucamonga, California. We welcome all photographers who enjoy taking photos and sharing ideas. With bi-monthly meetings, photo sharing, photo challenges, contests, workshops, and guest speakers, we have something for every level of photography.

RC Photo Club, Inc. - Welcome to the Rancho Cucamonga Photography Club

Spotlight on-Paul Speaker

I have been interested in photography since childhood growing up in the Portland, Oregon area, when I began with roll film and a box Brownie. After active duty in the US Navy, I attended Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, CA, where I graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree with a double major in Industrial Photography and Color Technology. Shortly thereafter, I was hired by General Dynamics Corp, where I worked as an industrial photographer and color printer for 10 years. When our facility was sold and moved, I switched to Lifetouch, a school photography company, where, for 10 years I photographed classroom groups from 6 to 600 students, dances, seniors, and sports. I had my first Photoshop class in January, 2000, and, by April had hired on as a full-time retoucher for a local full-service portrait studio. Currently, I am semi-retired, accepting assignments if they interest me, but mostly doing Photoshop work for other photographers.

I am a Lifetime member of Professional Photographers of America (PPA), having served on the PPA Council for nine years between about 2005 and 2014. Through PPA, I am certified as a Certified Professional Photographer. I have also earned the PPA Master of Photography Degree, the Photographic Craftsman Degree, and the Master Artist Degree. At the state level, I have earned recognition as a California Master Photographer. I have been the recipient of two Peoples Choice Awards, a Fuji Masterpiece Award, and two Kodak Gallery Awards at the state level. I am a past president of the Inland Empire Professional Photographers and Videographers, based in Riverside, CA, a local affiliate of Professional Photographers of California (PPC).

I served as President of the International Association of Panoramic Photographers (IAPP) during 2013-14 and remained involved as a board member until term limited out in 2019.

Within Photographic Society of America (PSA), I am a Past President of the Southern California Council of Camera Clubs (S4C). I am also a member of two S4C affiliated clubs: Photochromers (based in Sierra Madre), and the Riverside Art Museum’s Photo Artist Network (PAN). I received my first ROPA distinction, PPSA, September, 2017. Within the PID Digital Study Groups community, I am active in two where I serve as both Commentator and Secretary for both DSG 29 Natural Landscape, and DSG 52 Competitive. I also serve as the Secretary to the Board of Directors of the Projected Image Division (PID) of PSA. In October, 2022, I received recognition for my portfolio entry Semi-Arid Beauty which qualified for the Bronze award (BPSA).

Paul Speaker, M.Photog., M.Artist, Cr, CPP, CA-M.Photog., PPSA, BPSA, DFS4C