Front Page News

Welcome to the Front Page News, the home page of MAPS. This is where we publish current events, and have links to other organizational information. Make sure you check back frequently!

Upcoming Programs

We are holding our monthly programs using Zoom, and all members are invited! Check out our Zoom web page to prepare for the monthly program meetings and for tips & tricks we might have.

If you are looking for past programs, please go to Programs. This web page includes a write up and a few images from each monthly program. When possible, we also post a recording of the monthly program for a few months.

  • February 14, 2022 – Tony Sweet – Finding Inspiration at Home

    Many people casually photograph in their neck of the woods, which certainly can be fun and rewarding. Not as many select a small set of local spots and make it a project to photograph them over an extended period of time, in all four seasons. This is what Tony does. He will be showing a selection of images that he has taken over a decade at locations within 30 minutes of his home, and discussing them in terms of their composition and visual impact. He will also cover shooting strategies and local photographic opportunities that we may be taking for granted. You will come away convinced that great light and interesting subject material can be found almost anywhere.

  • March 14, 2022 – Al Alvis – Photographing Birds

    Nature photographer and MAPS member Al Alvis will be presenting some ideas and suggestions for capturing interesting, eye-catching, and artful photographs of birds. His body of work of bird images is extensive, ranging from sparrows and cardinals to owls and eagles – and many more. Whether you are a seasoned birder or are just getting started, a quick peek at his Flickr website (click here) will convince you that this is a meeting you do not want to miss.

MAPS Forest Homes Exhibit

MAPS members have been invited to help provide images that will be used at The Morton Arboretum’s Children’s Garden “Forest Homes” Exhibit.

Visit Exhibits for all the details.

2022 MAPS Capturing Nature Photography Exhibit

The MAPS Exhibit Team is thrilled to inform MAPS Members of the upcoming In-Person Exhibit which will be held in the beautiful Gallery of the Tall Grass Arts Association.

Visit Exhibits for all the details.

Schulenberg Prairie Anniversary Project

2022 marks the 60th anniversary of the Schulenberg Prairie! To help celebrate this occasion, a request to monitor the prairie in photographs was accepted by MAPS. MAPS members will be able to capture images for an entire year and post them on the MAPS website.

Visit Schulenberg Prairie 60th Anniversary Project for all the details.

MAPS Photo Outings

  • Watch this space for information about future outings.

MAPS Photo Workshops

  • Winter Creativity Workshop – November thru January

    Would you like to broaden your photographic horizons this Winter?  Building on last year’s fun and successful creativity workshop, here is an opportunity to have your horizons expanded, your creativity challenged, to learn and be inspired, as well as to have a lot of fun.

    Visit Photo Workshops for more information.

Planning a trip? Visit Destinations to view beautiful images and information about many locations our members have visited.

MAPS Membership – If you are looking for information about MAPS membership, visit our About page. This page also includes other administrative information you might be looking for.

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