Monthly Programs from 2013


November 11, 2013

Tonight’s meeting featured one of MAP’s favorite topics: Non-competitive Educational Critique Night. Experienced photographers and educators Sheri Sparks and Fred Drury shared their opinions on methods, sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious to improve up to 35 images kindly provided by our MAPS members. Whether one agrees or disagrees with the suggestions (art is very subjective), we can all concur that much can be learned from our expert presenters. Thank you very much Fred and Sheri for your enlightening and entertaining input.


October 14, 2013 

Walt Anderson is known to many MAPS members as he is a photography instructor right here at the Morton Arboretum. This evening, we were treated to a presentation/travelogue of fall color images from Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Ohio and Michigan’s beautiful Upper Peninsula. The dissertation included best times of day, etherial photographs of mist rising from the water, stunning reflections and wide landscapes. It was noted that colors and their intensities vary widely even in the same locations, from year to year. The meeting was well-attended. Thanks Walt for taking the time to share your art with us.

Walt Anderson

September 4, 2013 

MAPS members and guests enjoyed a unique presentation by Jeff Curto – Professor of Photography at College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, where he has taught since 1984.  Jeff’s program was The Moving Still – The Art of Digital Storytelling.  In a 21st century take on an ancient art form, digital storytelling combines image, sound, motion and the spoken and written word to communicate, entertain and inspire. His presentation covered both the concepts we can apply and the tools we can use to take our photographs to the next level and create shared presentations that go far beyond the normal slide show with a music soundtrack.


August 12, 2013

We were treated to a presentation by John Granata titled Printing – and Why I Photograph and Print the Way I Do. John spoke very passionately about the importance of printing your work and that without printing it is lost in your computer and not experienced tactilely denying the emotional value that only comes by touch and feel. John is offering classes in printing in his studio in St Charles.


July 8, 2013

On July 8th 80 MAPS members and guests were treated to An Evening in Africa presentation by MAPS members David Schooley and Duane Heaton where they shared their images and experiences from their trips to various regions of Africa.


June 10, 2013

On June 10th 95 MAPS members and guests joined Hank Erdmann and Ken Thompson for an evening of educational photographic critiques.  Please continue reading for more program details.


May 13, 2013

Mike Moats delivered an inspiring presentation to 120 MAPS members on Creating Art with Macro on May 13th.  Please continue reading for more program details.


April 8, 2013

On Monday, April 8, 2013 Arboretum Instructor Ken Thompson and Susan Schmitz – MAPS member and Trials and Education Manager for Ball Horticultural provided a terrific evening of education to 87 MAPS members and guests on beekeeping and pollinator habit & photography.  Please continue reading for more program details.


March 11, 2013

On Monday, March 11, 2013 100 MAPS Members enjoyed an educational evening with Nature Photographers Will Clay and Chris Aquino who presented “What it means to “see” in black and white”.   Please continue reading for more program details.


February 11, 2013

On Monday, February 11, 2013 nearly 100 MAPS members enjoyed landscape and wildlife photographer Jon Shaver for a drills and skills presentation. Please continue reading for more program details.


January 14, 2013

95 MAPS members and guests enjoyed international award-winning nature and wildlife photographer Todd Gustafson on Monday, January 14, 2013  as he shared images from around the world. The underlying concept of Gustafson Photo Safari is “To the Ends of the Earth”.  Todd’s continual goal is to capture images that reflect the human condition at the decisive moment.