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.

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.

We hope to have Show & Tell again once we are able to restart in-person meetings.

September 2020

Mike Baker – The Case for Black and White Landscape Photography

Mike Baker shared 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.

Mike showed us that color is only one of six characteristics of images but without it, we can become more acutely aware of the other five. Color can obscure and distract from texture, for example. This is shown in a comparison of two of Mike’s images below. Thanks Mike for an enjoyable and enlightening presentation! Click to enlarge:

The Case for Black and White Landscape Photography Slides (7 MB)

The Case for Black and White Landscape Photography Recording (350 MB)

August 2020

Diane & Jim Bodkin – Polar Bears of Churchill

Jim and Diane escorted us through an exciting photo presentation to Churchill, Manitoba, Canada to photograph Polar Bears and the Northern Lights, in one of the few North American locations available.  They traveled by Tundra Buggy venturing into the hostile domain of the polar bear, almost void of all other animal life, visiting them up close and personal.

Their program not only illustrated these enchanting arctic creatures, their activities/interactions and their environment, but also contain information for planning a trip and introducing the town of Churchill and the human activities surrounding it.

Even with power failures throughout the area, 75 members (probably more if couples viewed from one computer) signed into ZOOM for this excellent program. That’s more than many previous live meetings! Diane and Jim have previously participated in Programs and Show & Tell, bringing their wide travels and expert photography once again to our MAPS members. Thanks D & J, your images and lessons were much enjoyed! Below are just a sample of their presentation.

Click on images below to enlarge:

The Polar Bears of Churchill Handout (130 MB)

The Polar Bears of Churchill Program Recording (300 MB)

July 2020

Robert E. Potter III  presents Panoramic Images of Nature

We viewed an awe inspiring collection of panoramic photographs of nature created by some of the worlds greatest photographers, and a few made by MAPS member R. E. Potter III. We learned about Aspect Ratio as well as what makes an amazing panoramic image of nature, and insight into how you too can make excellent images (rules of composition and creativity). We saw what kind of specialty cameras have traditionally been used to make panoramic images, and Bob introduced to how we can make these awesome panos using our own DSLR and Adobe Lightroom, or Adobe Bridge and Photoshop, or even just an iPhone! (Editor note: Android phones do it too!)

Robert’s Handout.

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June 2020

Roger Mattingly presents: Flashy Flowers (Shooting flowers with off camera flash)

We are pleased to have Roger Mattingly ( demonstrate off-flash techniques to enhance and beautify images of flowers. Because of the pandemic, his was the first to be presented over the Internet using ZOOM. Please see photos below and click on them to zoom in. These are some of Roger’s examples taken by him but photographed from a computer screen. Thanks Roger— you are our first ZOOM pioneer!

Roger’s handout.

March 2020

Presentation by Nina Koziol “Birds, Butterflies, and Bees in the Home Garden”

Many common garden flowers provide nectar and pollen for an assortment of winged wonders. Nina showed examples of how to create a welcoming space in your garden for an assortment of butterflies, bees, hummingbirds and seed-eating birds.

Thanks Nina for a great presentation. Beautiful garden! Photos below courtesy Tim Rex:

February 2020

Presentation by Jerry Hug “Phone-ography – Getting the most out of your Mobile Photography”

Jerry demonstrated the surprisingly great images that can be captured by a modern smartphone. His presentation was both informative and interactive and most of all, enjoyable.

Jerry’s SnapSeed handout.

Photos below:

January 2020

We were especially pleased to have our former president Chuck Hunnicutt give a presentation on IR (infrared) photography. Startling and surreal photos can be taken using this format. Cameras can be “converted” by having a professional install an IR filter in the camera or by removing the “hot mirror” filter in the camera (this filter limits the camera sensor to visible light only) making the camera wide spectrum and subsequently adding screw-on filters on the lens. This includes adding the hot mirror back on to the camera lens making the camera perform as it has always done in the past. Great presentation Chuck!

Past Programs