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Summer 2019 Nature Photography Classes and Workshops by Jim Crotty and the Centerville-Washington Township Park District

I am happy to announce that I will be presenting a new series of outdoor photography classes and workshops this summer in partnership with the Centerville-Washington Township Park District in two of their parks, south of Dayton, Ohio. Programs will be presented at both Bill Yeck Park and Grant Park, both located in Centerville. These areas are beautiful locations for learning and practicing outdoor nature and landscape photography, offering a variety of habitats including woodland trails, creeks, and tall grass meadows.

I will be leading each class through the basics of exposure and best camera settings as well as developing artistic vision for natural compositions. Subjects will range from insects, wildlife, plants, flowers, and the wider landscapes and skyscapes that make summer in Ohio so beautiful.

There are both weekday and weekend classes available. The dates, locations, web page with details are as follows for each class. Prices are listed on each page:

Registration is now open via the links listed above, however, students will need to create an account first @ https://cwpd.recdesk.com/CommunityHome.

Students are encouraged to bring an entry level DSLR camera with changeable lenses or a point and shoot camera with manual exposure capabilities. Each class will include time within the classroom reviewing the basics for effective digital image editing.

I am very much looking forward to bringing my love for nature and landscape photography, as well as for teaching photography, to the Centerville-Washington Township Park District. I have been actively presenting and teaching photography workshops in Ohio since 2009.

For questions and help registering contact the main office for the Park District @ (937) 433-5155.

Below is just a sampling of some of the images I’ve captured last spring and summer at Bill Yeck Park.

June at Bill Yeck Park | Fine art nature and landscape photography by Jim Crotty of Dayton Ohio area
July evening at Bill Yeck Park | Fine art nature and landscape photography by Jim Crotty of Dayton Ohio area
Great Spangled Fritillary Butterfly by Jim Crotty

Give the Gift of an Ohio Spring | Photography Workshop by Jim Crotty








I’m happy to announce my next two-day photography workshop in Hocking Hills, set for early May 2019. This workshop will begin Sunday evening May 5th at The Inn at Cedar Falls and run through Tuesday afternoon, May 7th. Early May is a spectacular time in the hills, hollows, and trails of Hocking Hills, with vibrant new growth and flowing waterfalls. The cost of this workshop is $175 which includes expert guidance and instruction (I’ve been leading workshops in Hocking Hills for ten years!), workshop handouts, and lunch on both Monday and Tuesday.

My photography workshops are a fun balance of both classroom instruction and in the field guidance on the art and craft of nature and landscape photography. I welcome all levels of experience. All that is required is a DSLR camera body, a good lens, and a sturdy tripod. I limit my workshop groups to 20 students so that I can provide individual attention to each and every attendee. There are more details about this particular workshop at https://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/photography-workshops.

This workshop is a great opportunity for that unique gift for that shutterbug in your family or amongst your friends too! I’d be happy to provide a custom, printable PDF gift certificate to present on Christmas. To register or buy a gift certificate, please email me or call 937-896-6311 today 🙂








Ohio Photography Workshops Scheduled for August and October








I have two upcoming workshops, here in Dayton and in Hocking Hills State Park. The first will be a three hour program on digital editing and image file organization using Adobe Lightroom and various plug-ins. It will be held in the Mead Theater Room at Cox Arboretum MetroPark near Dayton, Ohio on Saturday, August 18th from 9AM to noon. The cost is $60 per person, payable the day of the workshop.

The second workshop I have scheduled is a one-and-a-half day program on fall nature and landscape photography in Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio. This program will be based at The Inn at Cedar Falls and will be a nice balance of both classroom instruction and field instruction. The cost per person is $150, also payable the day of the workshop.

Already both workshops are half-full. I limit my class sizes to 20 participants, so hurry and register soon if you are interested in attending either one of these great learning opportunities. My workshops are open to all levels of photographic experience and ability. To register, email me or call 937-896-6311.

Addition information regarding both workshops available at https://jimcrotty.zenfolio.com/photography-workshops.

Flyer promoting October 11 – 12 Photography Workshop in Hocking Hills Ohio by Jim Crotty

Photography workshop on digital editing and workflow by Ohio Pro Photographer Jim Crotty presented on August 18 2018 at Cox Arboretum MetroPark near Dayton Ohio








May in Ohio and Three Great Opportunities for Learning and Improving Your Photography








It’s been a long winter. It’s always a long winter in Ohio. I make no effort anymore at trying to hide my displeasure of Ohio winters. There are a combination of factors, both external and internal history. But I endure and hope for spring, which never disappoints. The light returns, life returns and positive energy flows again.

Of all my years photographing the nature and landscape of Ohio I’ve come to find that period of mid-April through early June to be the most beautiful. This is why I’ve scheduled not one, not two but THREE photographic workshop presentations for the month of May 2018.

The first will be held on Saturday May 12th at Cox Arboretum MetroPark in Dayton. This is a full-day workshop on basic lighting and composition for both nature and outdoor portrait photography. It’s also one of the Super 1Day of Learning organized by the Professional Photographers of America. Open to both members and non-members, you can register via https://www.ppa.com/events/super-one-day. You do need to register to use the PPA web site, but there’s no cost to do so.

The second workshop will be a two-day program on Thursday and Friday May 17 – 18 at The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio. A segment on night sky photography (weather permitting) will be included. The emphasis will be on spring nature and landscape photography in what I consider to be the most beautiful month for photography in Hocking Hills. Group size is limited to the first 20 people who register. The fee is $150 per person which doesn’t include transportation and lodging. To register email jim@jimcrotty.com or call 937-896-6311.

Promo flyer for May 17 – 18 2018 spring photography workshop in Hocking Hills Ohio by Jim Crotty

The third program will on the evening of May 24th at Great Miami Outfitters in the Cross Pointe Center in Centerville, Ohio. This will be an hour and half presentation titled Outdoor Photography Basics for Hikers and Kayakers. Free and open to the public but seating is limited, so please register via the program page on their web site @ https://www.greatmiamioutfitters.com/outdoor-photography-basics-for-hikers-and-kayakers-may-24-2018.html

Screen shot of nature photography presentation program at Great Miami Outfitters on May 24 2018 by Ohio Photographer Jim Crotty

Now how is that for super-charging spring in Ohio? Winter has nothing on it 🙂 All good stuff.








Fall Nature Photography in Ohio | October 21 Workshop in Hocking Hills








Fall nature photography workshop by Jim Crotty at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills Ohio on Saturday October 21 2017

I am pleased to announce a one-day, fall nature photography workshop in the heart of Hocking Hills State Park, Ohio for Saturday, October 21st, 2017. Once again this fun-filled learning program will be based from the beautiful conference room facilities at The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls.

This will be a small group workshop limited to 20 participants. My one-day workshops in Hocking Hills place more emphasis on field instruction with just the right amount of classroom time on best practices for digital editing and workflow.

October in Hocking Hills can be a spectacular combination of ideal light and fall color along the woodland trails, streams and waterfalls of the region. I will also be looking forward to guiding the group to the newly opened Whispering Cave trail with the Park.

To register please call 937-896-6311 or email jim@jimcrotty.com. The fee per person is $100 which includes lunch at The Inn and all handout materials.

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