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!

MAPS Member Survey Results

Thanks to the 66 members who took part in our recent survey to gather input on your primary topics of interest. Your feedback will help the members of our operating committees choose the most appropriate topics for our programs, workshops, and photo outings.  You can view the results summary in the About page.

Upcoming MAPS Exhibits

November 2-30, 2023“Nature’s Harmony” – Woodridge Public Library

MAPS will hold an exhibit, “Nature’s Harmony” at the Woodridge Public Library for the entire month of November 2023. Our talented members will have the opportunity to display a total of 50 images inspired by nature.  For more information, including the exhibit prospectus, see Exhibits.

Upcoming MAPS Programs

October 9, 2023 – Dave Jagodzinski – From Prairie Plants to Prairie Critters: a Macro Journey

In October, MAPS member Dave Jagodzinski will speak about how and why he photographs native plant species. Dave will also be talking about how and why he includes native pollinators and insects that are an important part of the native plant communities in the Chicago area and a few surrounding states. For more information, see Upcoming Programs.

If you are looking for past programs, see Summaries of Past Programs. This page will link you to summaries of 12 years of monthly programs, with a writeup and a few images from each program. There also may be a recording of the program available for a few months after the date of the program.

Upcoming MAPS Photo Outings

Stay tuned for information on the next photo outing.

Upcoming MAPS Photo Workshops

September 30, 2023 – Better People Photography with Roger Mattingly

Want to improve your people photography? Discover highly effective techniques that will take it to the next level. For more information, see Photo Workshops.

October 2023 – Light Painting 2 – The Intimate Landscape with Chris Foley

Intimate Landscapes are photographs that derive their subject matter from small details within a larger scene. They guide the eye through the composition, asking us to consider what not only lies within the frame, but also outside of it.

Chris Foley will be leading this three part workshop. For more information, see Photo Workshops.

October 2023 – Photographing Silkies and Swirls with Mark Bates

Have you ever heard of silkies and swirls? If not, you are probably not the only one, so MAPS member Mark Bates will present a three-part workshop which will explain the concepts and then take the participants into the field to practice and experiment.  For more information, see Photo Workshops.

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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