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!

Member Websites links to a different portfolio each week. Check it out!

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.

Note: Non-members are always welcome at MAPS monthly programs, even during these COVID-19 times. Follow this link to find out more.

  • August 10, 2020 – Jim and Diane Bodkin – The Polar Bears of Churchill

    Jim and Diane will share their images of these fascinating arctic creatures. They will talk about the bears’ environment and their activities and interactions. And they will also introduce us to the town of Churchill and the human activities surrounding it, and share information for planning a trip.
  • September 14, 2020 – Mike Baker – The Case for Black and White Landscape Photography

    Mike Baker will share his techniques around creating B&W landscape images with the intent to entice photographers to produce landscape imagery in B&W for themselves.

    Mike is an award-winning and published fine art photographer based in the Chicagoland area. Over the course of his photographic journey, Mike has developed that inner eye, that “3rd Eye” that provides perception beyond ordinary sight. Mike believes photography is an art of observation. It offers a creative outlet that allows us to capture interesting subjects in an ordinary place, transforming it into something extraordinary. View his work on his website.
  • October 12, 2020 – Ken Thompson – Making the Most of Your Workshop Experience

    Ken Thompson specializes in close-up and macro photography, concentrating on water drops, flowers, and plants, as well as abstracts of these subjects. He has taught several subjects in the Morton Arboretum’s Photography Program and at the Fall Photography Workshop at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, TN.

    During the 10-plus years of workshops in the Smokies, Ken has developed a plan to look for and find images that show the beauty of the area, using many different subjects. That plan includes locations, subjects and places “not to go”.

    Ken is the author of two e-books: Introduction to Dragonfly and Butterfly Photography and Introduction to Focus Stacking. View his work on his website.

MAPS Photo Challenge

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

  • Patterns, Shapes, and Textures – August

    Nature, architecture, and close-ups are subjects when looked at from different angles and positions yield some interesting effects. These images tend to be a bit more abstract than the normal photograph.

    Visit Photo Outings to read more on shooting patterns, shapes, and textures and to post your images.
  • Black and White Photography – July

    Shooting in black and white can bring a new perspective that can’t be expressed through color. The disregard for color puts an emphasis on critical fundamentals such as light, exposure, and composition. Learn to see in black and white!

    Visit Photo Outings to read more on shooting in black and white and to post your images.
  • Photograph Through Your Window – Now through August

    Coronavirus restrictions got you down?  Can’t go out for some reason or don’t want to? Well good news!  Photograph nature from your window! Birds and creatures on your window sill, birds and squirrels on the feeder, raccoons, possums, even a view of your garden will do.

    To participate simply submit your pages to our website!  Visit Photo Outings for more information and to post your images.

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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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