Winter Up on Raptor Ridge by Jim Crotty

Photography Workshops



I am pleased to announce a one-day, winter photography workshop for Saturday January 17 2015 at Cox Arboretum MetroPark, near Dayton Ohio.

I’ve been presenting and teaching workshops at Cox Arboretum since 2009 and I always enjoy meeting new photography enthusiasts who are excited to learn new tips and techniques in gaining more creative control with the DSLR camera. I teach the classroom portions of these workshops at the Mead-Westvaco Theater room and make use of the other facilities and gardens at Cox Arboretum for field demonstrations and teaching of exposure, lighting and compositional techniques.

The Winterlight Workshop on January 17 is ideally suited for those who are new to photography using a DSLR camera and desire to more fully understand the nuances of exposure, camera settings and lighting. However, my workshops also offer opportunities for more advanced photographers to learn and practice particularly as it applies to digital image editing and workflow.

The subject matter for this workshop will include winter nature subjects outside (weather permitting) as well as still life and portrait subjects in the main building at Cox utilizing both winter window light and added, directional lighting. I will then be taking the class through my best practices for digital image file management and editing. I will also be talking with the group about the business of photography including stock licensing, publishing, assignments, etc.

The cost of the workshop is $89 per person which includes a catered box lunch from Panera Bread.

The workshop is limited to the first 20 people who register. To register please email and mail a $20 deposit to: Picture Ohio, LLC 2581 Trebein Rd. Xenia OH 45385 or send via PayPal to “”

Email or call 937-896-6311.



As with capturing and creating breathtaking photographs, I have a passion for teaching and coaching other aspiring photographers through my program of full-day photography workshops. I encourage others to discover their own creative and artistic vision by learning to use camera as paintbrush, the lens as paint and the landscape as canvas. With almost 35 years experience in pursuing the art of photography I help simplify the often difficult and intimidating maze of technical features and functions of the digital camera as well as the overwhelming options that are available for post-shooting, digital workflow.

My teaching style is relaxed and affirming toward the positive, always welcoming all levels of photographic skill to his workshops. Previously I’ve taught at the college level as an adjunct instructor in both speech communications and journalism, at Sinclair Community College and Thomas More College, respectively. I’ve also presented countless corporate training presentations. In my photography workshops I use those experiences, as well as a wealth of knowledge in the field of digital photography, to deliver educational programs that inspire and reinforce the creative artist that lies within all photographers.

“Jim, I want to thank you again for such a wonderful workshop. I have been trying to learn independently by reading tutorials and so forth but you were really able to bring it all together for me yesterday. Aside from everything I was able to gain yesterday, your work is absolutely amazing. I’m sure you hear that a lot but, really and truly, I can’t express how it makes me feel when I look at your art. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world and even more so, being willing to help others learn how to explore theirs.”

-Nicole, participant of Summer Garden Photography Workshop, May 29, 2010 at Cox Arboretum MetroPark

Review of November 6 2010 Day of Photography Workshop by Dayton Creative Syndicate

Review with pics, video and student gallery of October 21-23 2011 Return to the Hills Workshop


Cancellations, Delays and Refunds
Please let me know as soon as possible if you need to cancel for any reason. I do maintain a waiting list once each workshop is filled to capacity with 20 registrations. Workshop deposit payments are non-refundable except in the case of an emergency situation. In the remote case of instructor health issues or family emergencies, severe weather or other unforeseen events, I will do my best at first to re-schedule the workshop, however, registered participants will be provided with the option of having their deposits or pre-payments fully refunded.

Under no circumstances will Jim Crotty or Picture Ohio, llc be responsible for any other expenses such as flights, medical, car rentals and hotels that you may have incurred.

Before participating in a workshop all attendees will be required to sign a General Release, Assumptions of Risk, Limitation of Liability and Cancellation form.

Presentations to Schools, Clubs and Corporate Organizations:
I’ve presented my work and my creative vision to various groups over the last four years, including many schools, camera clubs and professional organizations. I have a very relaxed style, incorporating a fair amount of story telling about my many experiences photographing in the field and for a wide variety of clients as well as what it took to overcome some personal obstacles and challenges to finally being on the right path with my life and my artistic vision.

I like to have fun with my presentations, but most important of all, I like to inspire and motivate my audience to follow their own dreams and goals in life as well as develop and integrate creative vision in all that they do. Obviously my presentations are geared toward the showing of my photographic images. I use select photographs, via both large format, mounted prints as well as audio-visuall digital slide presentations through a MacBook Pro and projector, that best illustrate a particular photographic technique as well as those that communicate my unique creative vision and approach toward life.

I adjust my presentation style and material according to the select audience I’m scheduled to speak to, such as “how I got involved with photography” for school groups or “Finding the Light: More Than Just a Photographer” for social and corporate organizations.

Fees for presentations are based on intended audience, time required, travel and hand-out materials. Fees can vary based on whether the organization is a non-profit or profit. I retain the right to donate presentation time to select non-profit and educational organizations. Please call 937-477-9324 or email to learn more about how my presentations can enhance your classroom or organizational meeting. Please schedule at least three months in advance.


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