Educating our members is one of our top priorities.  We are always working to provide educational opportunities for all MAPS members.  There are many sources where photography can be learned – seminars, classes, Internet, etc.

Below are a few of our favorites:

  • The Morton Arboretum offers a variety of photography, art and nature classes. Through these classes, many of us started our photographic journey with instructors such as Will Clay, Ken Thompson, and others.
  • MAPS Workshops is member-to-member education.  A variety of topics are offered, such as Lightroom, focus stacking, exhibition preparation, etc.  Visit our Workshop page to sign-up for upcoming events.
  • MAPS Photo Outings is member led field trips to a variety of locations that offer photographic opportunities.  These outings also offer the opportunity to learn from other members.
  • Don’t forget to check out the rest of the MAPS website for details on our monthly Programs, Show & Tell, etc., where you can learn from professional photographers and other advanced members.
  • Also, Will Clay, mentioned above, periodically hosts classes.  To be added to his mailing list, send him a note at

Other external sources:

  • ProCam is a photographic store in Aurora, IL that offers a variety of classes and workshops, some of which are free.
  • The College of DuPage offers photography classes and a photography certificate program.
  • is an on-line training company with an excellent selection of photography courses. is normally a subscription service, but many of the local libraries (such as Lisle, Downers Grove & Naperville) and colleges (such as COD) have an agreement that makes content available to it’s members at no charge.