Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night

Willie Sakai Headshot
February 15, 2023 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm America/Los Angeles Timezone
Photographic Arts Building
1780 Village Pl
San Diego, CA 92101
Darkroomers Monthly Critique Night @ Photographic Arts Building | San Diego | California | United States

The meeting will start promptly at 7 pm, but we’ll open the building at 6 pm for setup and social hour.

Join us for our Monthly Critique Night!

Our judge for February will be Willie Sakai.

On the third Wednesday of each month, members bring in prints for critique. Prints accepted by the Judge will hang for up to 2 months in the Photographic Arts Building gallery.

Image critiques are available for members only. If you’d like more information about joining Darkroomers, please check out our membership page and email us if you have any questions.

About Willie Sakai

A photographer for over 45 years, Willie Sakai caught the photo bug as a yearbook staff photographer in high school, developing and printing Kodak Plus-X and Tri-X in a darkroom. In 2005, he switched to DSLR to capture better photos of his daughter, who had started competitive dancing at an early age. As volunteer photographers for their daughter’s high school dance team, Willie and his wife Lois acquired more gear and taught themselves to capture fast-moving subjects in less-than-ideal light.

After their daughter’s high school graduation, Willie and Lois founded Jade Coast Photography, specializing in portraiture for dancers, seniors, and families. To continue improving his skills, Willie joined the Professional Photographers of San Diego County (PPSDC), where he served as webmaster for five years.

Although a Lightroom user since version 1.0, participating in PPSDC image competitions forced him to learn Photoshop. These hard-won Photoshop skills led to an interest in digital art, as well as recent recognition, including the following:

  • PPSDC Photographer of the Year (2020, 2022)
  • PPSDC Image of the Year (2020, 2021)
  • PPSDC Photojournalism Photographer of the Year (2022)
  • PPSDC Digital Artist of the Year (2020, 2021, 2022)
  • PPSDC Illustrative Photographer of the Year (2019, 2020)
  • Ribbons at the Del Mar Fair’s International Exhibition of Photography

Willie has trained as a Judge by Professional Photographers of California.

Lately, he can be found chasing after his grandson with a retro-looking Fuji rangefinder, which digitally simulates analog film looks. The circle is complete – what was old is new again.

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