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!

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. Decisions, decisions…

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

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.

  • June 13, 2022 – Willard Clay – What is a Great Photograph?

    Good photographs are characterized by good composition, good lighting, and good timing. Great photographs tell a story about the subject and make the viewer feel something. Former Professor of Botany, Willard Clay has been a full-time photographer since 1982 and has taught photography at The Morton Arboretum since 2005. Specializing in large format photography, he has been the primary photographer for nine coffee table books and has been published in a myriad of calendars, magazines, books, and advertising agencies. Take a moment to check out the beautiful images in the galleries on his website,, and plan to be with us in June.
  • July 11, 2022 – Heidi Egerman – Fine Art Garden Photographer

    Heidi Egerman is a fine art garden photographer with a passion for still life light painting. She uses a simple flashlight to light her subjects, bringing out the textures and colors in a style reminiscent of the Old Master painters. Her presentation will introduce you to the basics of the light painting, where she will cover camera settings, advantages of light painting, tools and equipment and an overview of her post processing steps. Although Heidi considers herself a fine art garden photographer, she will show you more than fruit and flowers. For those interested in trying light painting, this presentation should help reduce the frustration that many experience when starting out. Two examples of Heidi’s work are shown below. Visit her website at to see the drama, versatility and magic of this technique.

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

Photo Outing– Saturday, May 21 – 9:00-11:00, Schulenberg Prairie at The Morton Arboretum

It’s been almost two months since the annual prairie burn to eliminate invasive plant species and it’s time for energetic prairie plants and beautiful flowers to rise up after their long absence. Let’s see what beauty the burn and all our frequent spring rains have brought us.

To read more and sign up just click here.

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 you would like to brush up on – before the beginning of spring photography.

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.

If you have any comments or feedback on the MAPS website, please feel free to email us at:

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