Monthly Programs from 2012


November 12, 2012

Whether you’re an accomplished photographer or just getting started, our panel of photographic educators will offer their opinions and suggestions to enhance your photographic knowledge and vision at our November 12 Non-Competitive Educational Critique Night.  Join photographers Chris Aquino, Will Clay and Hank Erdmann as they critique your images as they would in a classroom setting.


October 8, 2012

On Monday, October 8, 2012 MAPS members and guests experienced a Special Educational Celebration: 50th Anniversaries of The Schulenberg Prairie, The Sterling Morton Library, and the Illinois Prairie Path.  For details of our evening please continue reading…  Also, please visit our Show & Tell page to read about the features celebrating these events.


September 10, 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012, Vic Berardi presented Hawk in Flight Photography.  Vic discussed techniques and equipment he uses to capture high quality images of raptors in flight.  Also, please visit our Show & Tell page to read about Phil Eichas and his baby swans display.


August 13, 2012

Monday, August 13, 2012, Walt Anderson provided us a Fantasy Year for Wildlife Photography. He presented a year of traveling around the continental United States to photograph wildlife of all kinds.


July 9, 2012

On Monday July 9, 2012, MAPS will present our first non-competitive Peer Photo Critique. This will allow our society members to have some of their photographs critiqued in a positive constructive manner to enrich and nurture the art of creating images.


June 11, 2012

Ninety-nine members came out to listen to Lou Nettelhorst give his presentation on Tips & Tricks for Macro Photography. For Lou, Macro photography is a whole new world and one that he enjoys teaching in order to help students become better photographers.


May 14, 2012

Paul Damien, a contributing photographer to the National Geographic Image Collection, gave a presentation on semiotics (inspired by one source: American Society of Magazine Photographers of which he is a member), or use of Creative Color.


April 9, 2012

Chris Aquino, photography instructor at the Morton Arboretum, presented “Nature Photography and the Cinematic Eye“.


March 12, 2012

Susan Schmitz, Trials and Education Manger provided a background on the rich history of Ball Horticultural Company – from its foundation in 1905 starting out as a wholesale cut flower operation through to its dominance in all facets of horticulture. She and Mark Widhalm presented Ball Seed – A Photo Retrospective.


February 13, 2012

Hank Erdmann, photography instructor at the Morton Arboretum, presented “Time and Timelessness in a Photograph“. Hank explores the concept of time and timelessness in a photograph. We often think of a photograph as a snapshot, a split second of time in the eternal time continuum. But is it that at all? Is a photograph really just an instant record of a moment in time? What about a time (long) exposure measured in seconds, or minutes or hours? What about photographs manipulated with computers and how does that compare with painters and other artists that have no “reality” issues of their subjects at all? What makes a photograph “timeless”?


January 2012

In preparation of our first Annual Photo Exhibit our very own Fred Drury showed us how to get our images ready for printing as well as the printing, framing and matting process that works best for gallery presentation. Fred will be held two sessions: January 23rd and January 30th. For details, please click here. On January 23rd, Fred Drury gave a presentation to more than 60 MAPS members that was geared towards preparing members for the upcoming MAPS Nature Photography Exhibition on March 24 & 25, 2012 (click here for details) . This session focused on printing images. For a detailed outline of the presentation, click here. The January 30th session focused on framing and matting.