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 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.

Upcoming Programs:

Our August 20 Garden Photo Shoot is on! Please meet at the Heritage Garden (Circle) from 6:00-8:00 PM for an impromptu shoot around with other members. Note: you still have to register with the Garden for a “timed entry” to enter the grounds (https://www.chicagobotanic.org).

Past Online Programs-Video Links:

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 18 at 7:30 PM Program was from Steve Gettle,”Caught in Motion – Photographing Action” (no recording)

Description: “Want to learn how to go beyond simply making static portraits of your subjects? Technological advances have now made stop action photography accessible to virtually every photographer. This all new program starts off with using just your camera, natural light, and auto-focus for subjects on the move such as birds in flight and running animals. We will discuss special exposure techniques for action, acquiring initial focus-lock, tracking your subject, optimizing your auto focus, and the creative doors opened by adding a simple infrared trigger system and much more!” For more about Steve Gettle, visit his website at: https://stevegettle.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 11 – 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.

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