Monthly Programs

Monthly meetings are currently being held via Zoom due to COVID-19. They are held on the second Monday of each month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm.

All MAPS members are invited to attend the monthly meetings and will receive a Zoom invite. Check out our Zoom web page to prepare for the monthly program meetings and for tips & tricks we might have. Non-members are welcome to view the recording of the monthly program once it is posted.

The highlight of each monthly meeting is a presentation about a photography topic.  Presentations are typically oriented toward nature photography (animals, birds, insects) or landscape photography.  Past topics have also included photographic techniques, e.g. macro photography and flash photography.

Our program committee carefully selects the speakers.  All presenters are accomplished photographers, and many are involved in photography professionally and/or as teachers.  At one or two meetings a year, instead of a presentation, we offer non-competitive evaluation and critique of member-submitted images by a professional photographer.


July 2021

John Mariana – Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams was the master of artistic black & white prints. He developed the rules and requirements of quality prints. We joined John Mariana as he explained Ansel’s technique and requirements using many of his fine art images. John presented The Man, His Darkroom Techniques (Photoshop Today) and The Fine Art B&W print requirements.

Thanks John for such an excellent presentation! We all have a better knowledge of what Ansel Adams was trying to accomplish and what motivated him to achieve his greatness. Please click on a slide below to enlarge:

Ansel Adams Video (300 MB)


June 2021

Jerry Hug – Infrared Cell Phone Photography 

Who knew you could do it with a phone?  An eye opener from the most knowledgeable cellphone guy we know.  Setting up your cell phones to capture Black and White Infrared images including what the cellphone requirements are, what Infrared filters are needed, how to attach the filters to the cellphones and what options are available. Then how to edit these Infrared (IR) images in the cellphone for the best results. Samples were displayed, questions were answered. Speakers Notes available from Jerry’s web site after the program.

Here is a sample of Jerry’s work. Please click on a slide to expand. Thanks, Jerry!

Infrared Cell Phone Photography Video (525 MB)


May 2021

Harold Ross – Principles of Light

Harold’s presentation covered his Still Life photography images and some other projects such as his Night images, the Biltmore House, Shopcraft, etc.  He also discussed the lighting tools he uses for his work, and throughout the talk he discussed technical information on his “Six Principles of Light”. See his work at his website.

General consensus was that the images, especially the BEFORE and AFTER were nothing short of spectacular! Thanks for a great presentation Harold. Images kindly provided by Mr. Ross. Click on an image below to enlarge:


April 2021

Steve ZiglerBasic Astrophotography

We explored landscape photography after dark including the sky. Required a dark site, a camera, fast wide-angle lens and tripod.  We covered some basic post processing to enhance your images. Learned how to expand your landscape photography after dark with the equipment you already own. Check out Steve’s work at his website.

Always a great topic… Thanks Steve! See sample screenshots below:

Basic Astrophotography Video (400 MB)


March 2021

Rad Drew – Topaz and Other Software Tools

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

What we learned…

  • the tools available in the Topaz Studio 2 photo editor
  • how to process RAW files in TS2
  • how to create painterly effects with Impression
  • how to access DeNoise AI and Mask AI from within Topaz Studio 2
  • how to use DeNoise AI to eliminate noise from almost any image for a cleaner, sharper photo
  • how to create a mask in Mask AI, eliminate the background, and replace it with a texture, image, or color.

Thanks Rad! Excellent presentation!

Some examples below:


February 2021

Steve GettleBird Photography – Beyond the Basics

Creating photographs of the birds of our world is a fun and challenging pursuit. In this course, we will go beyond the basics, learning tips and tricks to take your bird photography to the next level. Attendees will learn how to effectively use fill-flash, how to use many different types of blinds, as well as how to build a backyard bird photography studio. Participants will learn why you don’t need a $12,000 lens to make a picture of a bird.

Steve Gettle: I am a nature photographer. I photograph the natural world because I love it. I have been passionate about nature since I was a small child, and I am fortunate to have been able to build my life around nature and my photography. My cameras have taken me around the world and shown me wondrous things that I could hardly have even dreamt of. It is truly my privilege to share my work and experiences with you.

Nicole Sudduth: Nicole is an avid nature photographer who specializes in photographing wildflowers, insects, amphibians, and birds. She has been photographing wildlife for over 15 years and enjoys sharing the wonders of nature and inspiring others in exploring that passion. Through her images she connects the story of wildlife and habitat, showing interactions and inter-dependencies that are sometimes missed. Her images and stories have been featured in publications of the National Wildlife Federation, Audubon and other nonprofit organizations.

Great presentation using virtual Zoom technology. Here are a few images we are able to share. Click to enlarge.


January 2021

Adam Schallau – Photographing the Grand Canyon, from Rim to River

Adam Schallau is a full-time professional photographer & workshop instructor based in the American Southwest. In his presentation, Adam shared his experiences, the challenges he had faced in making his photographs and the lessons he had learned in photographing the Grand Canyon from rim to river. See Adam’s website.

Many MAPS members have visited and photographed the Grand Canyon at one time or another but few could have approached the depth and stark beauty of Mr. Schallau’s images, some of which are posted below. From the rim looking downward to the river looking up, the true majesty of the Canyon was revealed. Thank you Adam Schallau!

MAPS would like to take this time to thank Hart Kannegiesser for his years of dedication to the Program Committee to which he is now leaving. Hart and his team have provided our members with so many excellent programs over the years… Thanks Hart!

The virtual (Zoom) presentation allowed for members who are away for the winter to participate. Click on a slide below to enlarge it:

Photographing the Grand Canyon, from Rim to River (600 MB)


Past Programs