Welcome to the Garden Photographic Society


The Garden Photographic Society is a friendly club for anyone who is interested in and enjoys a wide range of photography. Beginners and advanced professional photographers are equally welcome. Whatever your skill level, you will benefit from our programs and activities. You do not need to own a fancy or expensive camera! Mobile phone photographers are welcome. The club meets twice per month on Thursday evenings at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. Working together, we build friendships, enjoy members’ images, share ideas, and participate in activities that encourage participants to advance their skills and learn new photographic techniques. We are part of the Chicago Area Camera Clubs Association.

Please see our calendar for program information and meeting dates and times. Each month we typically have one program meeting and one meeting for competitions. Members can submit color or monochrome prints or Digital Projected Images (JPEG format) . If you are interested in giving a presentation at one of our meetings, please use our Contact Form to get in touch with the program director. There are many opportunities to volunteer in our club, and we are always looking for help.

The guidelines for the 2020 Nature In View show are now available. Please visit the Downloads page for a copy.


Our next meeting will be on Thursday, November 14th. Please note the changed date! This will be the second competition night of the year. We’ll be meeting in the Pullman Room at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. Hope to see you there!

For those who missed our last meeting, it was a great time! First, we had an excellent presentation by Rob Knight of creativeimmersionphotography.com. Rob leads photo expeditions to Costa Rica. His presentation last night was all about composition. Are you just taking a picture that demonstrates that your camera works, or are you making a photograph– creating something lasting that reflects your vision? He gave us some good suggestions on how to get there.

Our friends from Helix Camera & Video were on hand to show us the latest Olympus digital cameras and gear. Several of the newest models have a very useful feature called “Pro Capture” that will help you get that “almost impossible” shot. Give Roy Flieth a call at Helix (312) 421-6000 to learn more. It was kind of them to come and bring gear that we could try out at the Night of 1000 Jack-O-Lanterns event at the Garden. Several of us took in the event and enjoyed taking pictures of the carved pumpkins. A surprise bonus; it included a trip through the model railroad garden, which was decorated especially for the event.


Did you miss the 2019 Nature in View show at the Greenhouse Galleries in Regenstein Center?

You now have another chance to see it! Visit the Nature In View Gallery on our website. See the Chicago Botanic Garden in a new light! In this exhibition, photographs of the natural world feature the work of Garden Photographic Society members. Their remarkable images capture fleeting moments of beauty—from the morning mist to the first spring bloom. Society members have held their meetings at the Garden for more than 30 years, appreciating it as a special place to perfect their craft.

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