Front Page News

In an effort to keep our members updated on current events at MAPS, look here for the latest Front Page News.

  • In November MAPS will begin to offer workshops on topics such as post processing taught by MAPS members. Because this workshop is currently full we will take names to be placed in the new session. See belowThe first MAPS Workshop offering is on Wednesday, November 11th – LightroomOrganizing and optimizing file organization, 6:30-9:00 PM at Thornhill Education Center. Instructor: Tim Rex. Visit our Education Page to learn more.

    NEW SESSION:  Thursday, November 12, 6:30-9:00 PM – “Lightroom-Organizing and optimizing file organization” at Thornhill Education Center. Instructor: Tim Rex. Visit our Education Page to learn more and sign up.

  • EXPRESSION OF INTEREST – VIDEO AND MULTIMEDIA PHOTOGRAPHY. MAPS is investigating the possibility of forming a subgroup of members who are interested in video and multimedia photography.  The subgroup is open to all levels of video experience and to subjects endorsed by MAPS.

Nearly all digital cameras today take excellent HD videos along with high quality still photographs.  The goal of the multimedia photographic style is to blend still images, videos, and audio into a single file that creates a new dimension of interest for photographers and viewers using technology that is readily available today.

If you are interested, please complete and return the MAPS Video Subgroup Expression of Interest form to:

Chuck Hunnicutt at

Jim Matos at

Thank you and we look forward to meeting with you.

  • Program for November 9, 2015 – MAPS is pleased to welcome back one of its own members and Arboretum instructor, Ken Thompson, who will present a program titled Photographing Winter in Black and White – Looking for the Expressive Image.”  Visit our Programs Page to read more.

  • Tuesday, November 3 – The Sanfilippo Estate, Barrington. On Tuesday November 3rd, from 9:30-12:30 The MAPS Outing Team has made a reservation for a unique 3 hour docent led tour of The Sanfilippo Estate in Barrington, Illinois:   This grand Tudor estate is located on 57 acres of wooded hillsides and houses a number of unique and famous collections.  Mr. Gregory Leifel will be our guide, providing both a history and demonstration of the collections we view. Please make your reservations by October 1st. Read more on our Photo Outings Page.
  • Sunday, October 18 – Funks Grove, IL Join MAPS for an outing to Funks Grove in McLean County, IL, just off I-55 near Bloomington/Normal beginning at 8:30 a.m.  It is a wonderful preserve boasting beautiful woods, an old church built in 1864 and a cemetery dating back to 1830. Visit our Photo Outings Page to learn more and sign up.
  • Program for October 12, 2015 – MAPS is pleased to welcome Alison Newberry and Matt Sparapani who will present a program on Iceland.  They combine travel and photography in adventures around the world. You can see Matt and Alisons photography and follow their adventures on their blog, Take a Hike Photography: Visit our Programs Page to read more.

  • Planning a trip for 2015?  Visit “Destinations” from the menu above.  Each entry includes not just beautiful images but information about the locale as well.  Locations added in 2014 were the Palouse in Washington from Ron Basinger, three from Chuck Hunnicutt: Paris, France, and Sabino Canyon and Saguaro National Park in Arizona, and two from Tim O’Brien: Whistler, British Columbia and the wetlands of Kansas.

Remember to visit our Calendar page often for details on future events.  And if you have any comments or feedback on the MAPS website, please feel free to email us at:

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