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!

COVID-19 might be trying to change the world, but MAPS is working on getting back to normal. Please read up on our upcoming activities below!

MAPS Annual Photography Exhibit

Yes! We’re going to have our Annual Photography Exhibit! Of course it will be virtual, but we know we can make this work. Please go to Exhibits for all the details.

The Trolls have packed up and have left the Morton Arboretum!
We miss them already!

But soon we’ll have the Human+Nature exhibit to visit and photograph.

COVID-19 has stopped all of our in-person meetings & events. Because of this, MAPS is sending out updates, announcements, etc through email, usually two or more each month. This makes it important that MAPS have your correct email address on file (we don’t share it with anyone). If you are not receiving any announcements from MAPS, please contact us at

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. We also post a recording of the monthly program for 3 months.

  • March 8, 2021 – Rad Drew – Topaz and Other Software Tools

    Having heard a lot about Topaz, we have recruited noted landscape photographer Rad Drew to profile Topaz Studio 2 and the additional Gigapixel, DeNoise AI and Sharpen AI. Learn to stylize, enhance, and customize your pictures with these popular software programs. See Rad’s website.

    Of course we will still use Zoom, but everyone needs to pre-register for the program. Register at this link Rad Drew will be recording the program, and will make it available to all who register for 30 days. This means that if you can’t attend, you will be able to view the recording, as long as you pre-register. For more information, go to the registration link above.
  • April 12, 2021 -Steve Zigler – Basic Astrophotography

    We will explore landscape photography after dark including the sky. Requires a dark site, a camera, fast wide angle lens and tripod.  We will cover some basic post processing to enhance you images. Learn how to expand your landscape photography after dark with the equipment you already own. Check out his work at his website.

Due to COVID-19, MAPS members that have paid their 2020 dues will automatically have their membership extended through 2021.

MAPS Photo Challenge

We are replacing our monthly outings with a “Photo Challenge” to help keep you photographically active!

  • Macro & Still Life – March

    We’ve had fun with macro at the Arb or Procam Photo and Video Gear, so once again we will have fun with macro and/or still life photography and do it virtually!

    For those of you who don’t have macro lenses you have to try still life or table top photography.

    Visit Photo Outings for some suggestions and to post your images.

MAPS Photo Workshops

  • Nothing right now, please check back later.

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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