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!

Schulenberg Prairie 60th Anniversary MAPS Exhibit Planned for October

MAPS will be presenting an exhibit in October to celebrate the 60th anniversary of Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum. The exhibit will be held in the Sterling Morton Library and will run from Wednesday, October 12 through Sunday, October 16. It will include a hanging exhibit of 50 images created by MAPS members as well as a running slideshow of their work – all having some relationship with the prairie. Images will be accepted from August 1 to 27, so now is the time to start thinking about what you would like to submit.

For more information and instructions for submiting your work, see the Exhibits page or just click here.

2022 MAPS Annual Nature Photography Exhibit a Huge Success

The Morton Arboretum Photographic Society had a wonderful exhibit April 29 thru May 1 in the Cudahy Room at The Morton Arboretum.  Forty-three artists exhibited 107 beautiful pieces of fine art photography over the course of the 3-day exhibit.

Click here to read about all the details!

Upcoming Programs

We are taking a hybrid approach to our monthly programs. This means you can attend in-person or by using Zoom. However you choose to participate, don’t pass up this great benefit of MAPS membership.

We email the Zoom link to all MAPS members before every program. And if you are new to Zoom, take a look at our Zoom web page.

We are not holding Show & Tell at this time, so if you want to attend in person, plan on arriving between 6:30 and 7 pm.

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.

  • August 8, 2022 – Roger Mattingly – Learn to Love Your Flash

    Most every photographer carries a flash in the bag but seldom uses it because they don’t understand how to make it work or don’t like the quality of the light. This program is designed to explain how to make it work and what you can do with it. We will talk about fill flash, bounce flash, getting the flash off the camera and using gels and diffusers. Simple talk with relevant examples. Learning to use your flash will make you a better photographer and expand your capabilities especially for macro and people photography. 

    Roger Mattingly has been a free lance photographer for more than 50 years, shooting for corporate and commercial clients including Kraft, Abbot Laboratories, AT&T, Northwestern University, Brunswick, Ameritech, Chemical Waste Management; he was the principal  photographer for the Chicago Botanic Garden 1989-1995. He started a digital photography business  Star Digital Imaging 1995. Roger is past president of the Chicago Midwest chapter of the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP) 97-99. He also worked as a war correspondent in Viet Nam 1970-1971.

  • September 12, 2022 – Mike Lake -The Changing World of Flower Photography and Micrography

    This presentation will feature an exploration of the changing world of flower photography and micrography using software-based processing. With several species of flowers as examples, Mike Lake will demonstrate step-by-step the evolution from lighting and shooting through processing. He will also cover the limits of new possibilities using Topaz, Photoshop and miniature strobe lighting.

    Mr. Lake’s 50 year journey in photography began at the Chicago Tribune, where he worked for over 13 years before launching his own business, Mike Lake Production Services. He has worked with over 300 companies during the past 37 years and also has extensive experience in videography and sound engineering. For a preview of his work see

MAPS Forest Homes Exhibit

Visit Exhibits to view the five images selected by The Morton Arboretum to be displayed at the Children’s Garden “Forest Homes” Exhibit this spring.

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 photo outings!

MAPS Photo Workshops

Watch this space for the next Workshop.

In the meantime, now is a great time to review the handouts and notes from the many past workshops. You may find a skill or two you’ve always wanted to work on.

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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