As a new desert season begins, it’s good to remember that getting out with friends to photograph interesting new places is a favorite part of our club. To open up more photo outings and fun, the Board is tapping into club membership’s experience, inviting photo outing leadership by any current member with a destination in mind. So…

Anybody can lead a photo outing…!

Any and all current club members are invited to dream up and lead a photo outing, wherever your interests lie. It may be two members or twenty, a trip to a museum, a garden, a hike or an urban environment - a workshop - you, as a “Meetup Leader”, need only follow a few guidelines in putting together an event:

·        Leader provides destination details and meetup date/time/location, any requirements or space limitations, plus Leader contact info to Outings Chair;

·        Outings Chair posts invitation details via email, Facebook and website;

·        Leader organizes attendees and ensures sign-in at meetup;

·        Leader advises attendees carpooling is at the discretion of drivers & riders;

·        Participants are encouraged to upload trip images on the club Facebook page.

That’s it! Anyone can lead a photo outing!  Here’s some ideas to get started:

LA Street photography, Farmer’s markets, Joshua Tree Nat’l Park, PS Museum of Art, Modernism tours, the Indian Canyons, PS Air Museum, Catalina Island, Huntington Gardens, Santa Barbara, Sonny Bono Wildlife Reserve / Salton Sea, Temecula Wine Country, The Living Desert, a Desert Jeep Tour, the Santa Rosa Plateau, Whitewater Canyon, Big Morongo Preserve, Anza Borrego, San Diego Botanical Garden... a Workshop… you name it!


Where would you like to go? We’re looking forward to more photo experiences and fun times out and about, in addition to scheduled Club outings. Contact Photo Outings Chair Craig Toms at to start a photo outing and for questions and further information. 


Event Date/Time Details

Joshua Tree!

Wonderland of Rocks Photo Hike

Mon, April 22, 8AM

Host: Mitch Miller

Location: Wonderland Ranch Trailhead

Contact: Mitch Miller:


Living Desert Photo Tour

Tues, Mar 19, 8:00AM

An 8am opening hour photo tour through the Living Desert, lunch option afterwards

$39.95 entry - Contact Darcy Quimby:


Salton Sea Photo Safari!


Sat, Feb 3, 7:30AM

All day tour of interesting sites around the Salton Sea, with Sandi Wheaton, who specializes on the locale!

Location: Contact Craig Toms at for info

Air Museum Photo Meetup

Thurs, Jan 11, 10:00AM

Docent led tour of the Air Museum, then  photoshoot and have lunch on site, $10 ea 







Event Date/Time Details




Desert Circuit Equestrian Photoshoot:


Hunter - Jumper  Competitions




Sunday, 3/19/23, 8a.m.


Something Completely Different!


Greg Lilly will lead a photoshoot at the Desert Int'l Horse Park, located on Airport Drive in Thermal. This is a great opportunity to get out and get some action  shots!


Contact Greg Lilly to sign up at:

BALLOONS! Photoshoot Outing, Lake Havasu 

Friday-Saturday, January 20-21, 2023

Basic Outing Details:

  • Friday, 1/20: Meetup in Lake Havasu, Holiday Inn Express 
  • Balloon Glow Photography
  • Saturday 1/21: AM Balloon Launch Over London Bridge


Contact to sign up!


Event Date/Time Details

Photoshoot Outing Imperial Sand Dunes

Tues, Jan 18, 1-8:30PM

Afternoon/sunset photoshoot

Members only (limit 12)

Vaccination proof required.


To sign up contact Craig Toms at


Photoshoot Outing

Indian Canyons

Mon, Feb 7, 7:45AM

Meetup Details:

  • Monday, February 7th, 7:45AM, Indian Canyon entry booth on South Palm Canyon Dr. The weather outlook is great!
  • Canyon entry fee $7 for those over 62, $12 otherwise;
  • Proof of vaccination required;
  • Plenty to photograph in easy walking distance, or do the 1-mile loop hike through Andreas Canyon. Murray Canyon is optional;
  • Bring water and a snack;
  • I'll be at the entry booth early, in a white Ford pickup.

If you aren't familiar with the Indian Canyons, check out this link:



Send an email to to sign up!

Event Date/Time Details


Sunday, Mar. 13th 8:00AM - 1:00PM

 Action Photography!


Photograph motorcycle racing and jumping in Anza with Greg Lilly. 



Contact Greg Lilly to sign up at:


Event Date/Time Details

Photoshoot Outing: Wildlands Preserve Tour

Tues, Mar. 22nd, 8:00AM - 1:00PM


Spring in the Desert! Tour 3 Preserves in the Coachella Valley and Morongo Valley:


Whitewater Preserve, Big Morongo Preserve and Coachella Valley Preserve.


Contact Craig Toms to sign up at:


Event Date/Time Details

Photoshoot Outing: Morongo Preserve Tour

Tues, November 28th, 7:00AM - 11:00AM


Fall Color in the Desert! 


Big Morongo Preserve 


Contact Craig Toms to sign up at:



COVID19 VACCINATION: Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, all of our photographic outings require proof of vaccination status. Carpooling is at the discretion of participants, or travel in your own vehicle. 

Coordinators will email details and coordinate signup. Coordinator contact information may be found on your Member Home Page by using the Find button.  Or for more information email

Photo OPS

Your suggestions for future photo outings are appreciated.  Send us an email at:


Photochat Events

"Photochats are open to all members, new ones especially are invited. They are  workshops on a variety of topics, via ZOOM or in person, presented by members for club audience participation. Check the PHOTOCHATS Page here.


CVDCC High School Photographic Competition

From time to time CVDCC conducts a High School Photographic Competition open to students attending high schools across the Coachella Valley. An extremely high quality of entries is received and judging among the entries was most challenging.

Click here for a Gallery of the winning images from the 2011 CVDCC High Scholl Competition.

Our congratulations to all the winning students and our thanks to all who entered. We hope to see more of your work in the future.