Winter Up on Raptor Ridge by Jim Crotty

Photography Workshops

Sunset sky near Los Alamos New Mexico on March 6 2012 by Jim CrottyUPCOMING WORKSHOPS:

In the Light of New Mexico | March 15 – 30 2015 | New Mexico Jeep Tours Photo Workshop

I’m excited to announce a new endeavor with photography instruction and workshops. From March 15 to March 30 2015 I will be partnering with New Mexico Jeep Tours, based in Albuquerque, in providing a unique offering in the growing field of destination photography workshops and tours. I’ve presented and taught my own small group workshops in Dayton and Hocking Hills, Ohio, as well as Hilton Head Island S.C., but this will be the first time of joining resources with a well-established and professionally managed outdoor touring firm.

This unique combination will provide clients with both the value of top quality photography field instruction and the proven experience and practicality of guided, safe transportation to areas of the New Mexico high desert that are not open to the public. There are many other choices when it comes to destination workshops, however very few offer access to scenic areas that are private and away from the noise and crowds of popular and often visited and frequently photographed parks of the American West. Just recently Outside Magazine published an article about the challenges of photography in our National Parks and monuments and increase in restrictions and costly permit requirements.

Subjects for photography and photography instruction with New Mexico Jeep Tours – on a 20,000 acre private ranch – include rarely seen ghost towns, protected and preserved artifacts and fossils, amazing displays of petroglyphs, wild horses, raptors and striking landscapes presented in a light so unique to this region that it has attracted and held the creative imagination of visual artists who have become icons in their respective mediums over the last two centuries.

New Mexico Jeep Tours can accommodate a group size up to nine people for photography tours. The firm operates three, four-wheel drive Jeep Wranglers that are safe, fun and fully equipped to traverse the desert and canyon landscape for photographic opportunities off the beaten path. Meals are provided too.

The photography tour is a TOTAL learning experience, not only through the hands-on instruction and guidance of my teaching photography in the field but participants will also learn a great deal regarding our subject matter, including Native American history of the area, the intriguing stories of early settlements and amazing details of the flora and fauna of the canyons and desert.

From my years of leading and teaching workshops I have found that participants are most comfortable learning in a safe, small group setting and outside, on-location where I can easily demonstrate the tools, techniques and tips of nature and landscape photography that moves imagery from mere snapshots to striking works of art.

Guiding and instructing small groups in the field is the type of teaching that I personally find most rewarding because it’s fun, results-oriented and I love to see that spark and light go on in the eyes of my students, igniting a renewed passion for the photographic experience and photographers discovering their signature style. For those participants with the New Mexico Jeep Tours photo workshop program wishing to learn more beyond field instruction I will also be offering evening sessions in the “digital darkroom” covering my best practices for digital image editing and file management.

This truly will be an EXPERIENCE and not just a typical vacation trip or workshop. I have photographed with New Mexico Jeep Tours and my good friend Roch Hart – the owner – since 2009. Roch has very impressive and well-earned reviews @ and rated #3 of all the activities listed for Albuquerque.

If you love photography and are looking for a destination with professional guidance and instruction – something truly rewarding and off the beaten path – please consider the opportunity to join me and New Mexico Jeep Tours for a learning experience that will make a difference with your photographic skills and artistic vision for years to come. Not only that, but it’s just flat-out FUN! I have never gone out to New Mexico and NOT come back with amazing imagery.

For detailed information including pricing and reservations please see

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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