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 program will be on Thursday, February 20, 2020. We’ll be meeting in the Pullman Room at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL 60022. We hope you will join us for this outstanding presentation!

Our speaker for this meeting will be Carlos Cardona. Carlos will give a “Photo Tech Talk” on history, terminology, ISO, storage, and focus stacking. “Photo Tech Talk” is an update of some important technical issues in photography, including common misnomers and misunderstandings. The talk will cover new formats like HEIF and HEVC, ISO Invariance, Focus Stacking, and the best ways to store and backup your images safely.

About Carlos Cardona:

Carlos is currently a Portrait/Event Photographer for Lifetouch N.S.S, and he has been photographing Sports, Teams, Senior Portraits, etc. since early 2018. He regularly assists at Joel Schachtel Photographer in Highland Park, IL (a leading North Shore portrait/wedding photographer for over 40 years). Carlos is a member of The Garden Photographic Society (Chicago Botanic Garden), where his photographs have won Best of Show,  Award and Honorable Mention. He is also a member of The Imagemakers Photography Workshop (Northbrook, IL).  Some of his photos were recently on display at The Chicago Botanic Garden’s “Nature in View” show (for the second year), and at Curt’s Cafe in Evanston.

Carlos has also been a volunteer photographer for District 67 Schools, The Cub Scouts of America, The Lake Forest/Lake Bluff History Museum, and The Gorton Center. His Flickr profile can be found here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/carloscardonaphotography and his portfolio website is at: https://carloscardona.myportfolio.com

You are bound to learn some useful techniques from this talk, so don’t miss it!


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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