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 also welcome! The club meets twice per month on Thursday evenings at the Chicago Botanic Garden, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL.
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. Society members have held their meetings at the Garden for more than 30 years, appreciating it as a special place to perfect their craft. We are proud members 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 (DPI – 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 Chicago Botanic Garden has reopened with some restrictions and limitations. A timed entry system is in place, and members must register online in advance. Please visit the Garden’s “Know Before You Go” page for all of the details. All meetings and events at the Garden are canceled. For now, most Garden Photo Society activities will be held online. Please check out the schedule below.
Dues are due September 1! $30 single member/$45 family, send a check via your bank (or your favorite online method) to Howard Frank (email@example.com), made out to Garden Photographic Society, or mail an actual check (is that still a thing?) to Howard at 8338 Monticello, Skokie, IL 60076.
Our online DPI competitions begin October 1st! The four (new) categories are:
1) Mono (any subject). Images must be Monochrome (Black & White); no color or partial color images will be allowed.
2) Open Color (General subject, but not Nature). Images might include travel, landscapes, cityscapes, street, portraits, abstracts, non-Nature macros, non-Nature still life, or creative alterations just to name a few subject types. No Nature or monochrome images will be allowed.
3) Pictorial Nature. Color images may be any non-Human living thing – wild or captive animal, wild flower or hybrid garden flower. Images may be edited, there are no restrictions on post-processing. This category will be referred to as Pictorial Nature (not the no-edits, pure “Nature” category). “Hand of man” is allowed.
4) Special Subject. Each monthly competition will include a special assigned subject challenge. Only images that “fit” the assigned subject will be allowed. For example, if the assignment is “A Touch of Red”, you may submit a red apple, a red sunset, a red feather – anything as long as there’s some Red in it. They are all published now so you have time to shoot.
Special Subject Monthly Themes
Oct – A Touch of Red
Nov – Shadows
Dec – (No competition)
Jan – Monochrome with a Splash of Color
Feb – Nature enhanced by the Hand of Man (like a bird on top of a flagpole)
Mar – Food
Apr – Unusual angles in Cityscapes and Architecture
Tutorials for the competition site are at http://www.411-vision.com/411ClientLogin.html (passcode; use 12345).
All member accounts have been created. Join Competition #1 Zoom Meeting, Oct 1, 2020 07:00PM: https://zoom.us/j/92241951552
Our October 22, 2020 @ 7:15 PM program is from Rich Fisher, presenting “Lightroom: Beyond the Basics”. Zoom Link.
About This Webinar
Lightroom is a very powerful program for image management, image processes, and sharing of images. In this talk Rich will focus on the desktop or “Lightroom Classic” version. He will guide us through many of the features to help you process your images faster, create more dynamic changes to them, and share compelling stories with your friends and family. A basic understand of Lightroom is suggested; while the seminar will touch on some of the basic functionality of Lightroom. If you would like specific questions or topics covered, please your list to Rich at RichFisher@ameritech.net.
Our March 18, 2021 @ 7:00 PM program is from Lisa Langell, presenting “An Artistic Photographer Lies in All of Us”.
About This Webinar
We as photographers often want to be more innovative and creative, but our own mental barriers can “prevent” the creative process from happening. One of the biggest mental blocks is simply believing, “I’m not a very creative person.”
I hear this most often from engineers, accountants, and those in technical fields who have struggled to discover the creative style they desire.
This session breaks down creative barriers in a really fun and logical way! I take an interactive, myth-busters-style approach! You’ll learn how to apply the creative process and develop patterns that will bring more joy, innovation, success, creativity and happiness to your photography! You will learn:
• How even those who feel they “are not artistic” can actually become artistic and creative
• Understand “imaginative skill” and how it develops
• About my “Mash up” formula
• How you can debunk your own myths about artistic and creative ability
• How to exercise your creativity through real-world examples and activities we will complete during the session
• Inspirations to take with you
You need to register to attend! Registration link:
Once you register, you will receive a confirmation and unique link for you to join the webinar, as well as a link to add a reminder to your calendar. Also note that registering for the webinar will add you to their email list for information and updates on their tours, contests and webinars. If not valuable to you, you may unsubscribe.
Our September 17, 2020 @ 7:15 PM program was from Lee Hoy of Wildside Nature Tours, presenting “Top 10 Ways to Make Your Photography Worse!”
About This Webinar
This tongue-in-cheek class will address ten steps every outdoor photographer can take to make their images worse. The ten topics we will cover to make sure your images are horrible are: 1) Make Sure You Always Take Your Image from the Exact Same Position; 2) Never, Ever Read Your Camera’s Manual; 3) Work Hard to Ignore the Edges of Your Image when Composing; 4) Only Take a Couple of Shots of Each Subject or Scene; 5) Whatever You Do, Don’t Take a Photography Class, Workshop or Go Out with a Pro; 6) Try Your Best to Imitate the Style(s) of Other Photographer(s); 7) Don’t Ever Worry about Shutter Speed, Using a Tripod, or other Forms of Stability; 8) Never Move Your Autofocus Point or Change Your Autofocus Mode; 9) Ignore Post-Processing, You Don’t Need It; and 10) Always Leave Your Camera in Auto or Program Mode. You can watch the recording with the link you used to join the Webinar.
Our July 16 at 7:15 PM Online Program was from Sarah Marino, (fresh from her fantastic Out of Chicago Online program), entitled “Composition for Nature Photographers”. Here’s the recording of the video: HERE
Description: “Light, subject selection, and composition are three of the most important elements of creating impactful photographs of nature, with the photographer having the most control over composition. In this session, Sarah will share her essential lessons about how to create more powerful compositions of both grand landscapes and nature’s small scenes. The session will include a discussion about the creative process as it relates to composition, improving your observational skills to help recognize opportunities in the field, learning to see a landscape through its abstract elements, and key concepts for organizing nature’s chaos into cohesive compositions. Sarah will also share her steps for refining a composition in the field and will provide some practical activities to help you immediately apply these ideas in your photography”. Those of us who saw it were inspired, you don’t want to miss it! For more about Sarah Marino, visit her website at: https://www.naturephotoguides.com
Our June 4th, 7:15 PM Program was from Karthika Gupta, “The Art Of Storytelling in Travel Photography.” Here’s the recording of the video: HERE
Description: “I am a culture, people, editorial and travel photographer based in Chicago – home to deep dish pizzas and Cubs baseball. I have always been fascinated with photography as a medium of expression. But it wasn’t until I became a mom for the first time, that I found myself having an insane desire to capture every minute of my beautiful life as a parent. Forever an adventurer, I dove head first into this creative life and haven’t had a moment’s regret ever since.” For more about Karthika Gupta, visit her website at: https://karthikagupta.com
Our May 21st, 7:15 PM Program from John Williams, on “Architectural Photography” was awesome, attended by 100 people! Here’s the recording of the video: HERE
Description: Whether you’re looking to improve your architecture photography or want to give it a shot for the first time, this online session with John will help provide you with a good idea of what you need to know. John Williams is a passionate and accomplished photographer. While photography is not his primary profession, he does have many of his Chicago area Architectural prints hanging now in professional offices and homes. John lives in Algonquin and is a member and past president of Lake County Camera Club and member of the Crystal Lake Camera Club as well as the CACCA community. For more about John Williams, visit his website at: www.williamspix.com
Our April 16, 2020 Program featured Nick Sinnott of Chicago Photography Classes. The meeting featured a “Live Editing Session (Using Lightroom, Photoshop & Luminar)” in an online conference. The meeting was well attended and we received many positive comments on it. Thanks Nick! Here’s the link to view it again: https://vimeo.com/408806699/2757a41402
The 2020 Nature In View show has been rescheduled to July 10 – Sept. 12, 2021. The 2021 Nature in View show will take place in the Greenhouse Galleries (Regenstein Ctr), and, as previously planned, it will run concurrently with the “Picturing the Prairie” exhibit. Updated guidelines will be posted on the GPS website in the fall. We look forward to a beautiful exhibit!
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.