FALL PHOTOGRAPHY | SEPTEMBER 28 2013 | COX ARBORETUM DAYTON OHIO
Join me as I guide and teach the art and craft of nature photography in one of my favorite locations in Ohio – Cox Arboretum MetroPark, just south of Dayton. Some of the reasons I love teaching at Cox include the beautiful and comfortable theater-style classroom and the variety of outdoor subjects to work with when teaching camera settings, lighting and composition. This will be a great opportunity to finally master the exposure settings on that new DSLR camera or pick-up new tips on working with directional lighting and digital editing. This workshop is open to all levels of skill and experience.
The best part about my workshops is that they are fun ! I am there to teach and help all learn and gain in our shared passion for photography. I encourage open discussion and sharing of tips and information amongst the students. The only photography I do on my own when teaching these programs is when I am demonstrating how I “find” a scene, work with the light and compose the capture. My role is to teach and encourage and honestly I have just as much fun with presenting these workshops as I do when I am actually photographing.
During this workshop I will cover the basics of exposure, the most important settings on the DSLR camera (if you have a point-n-shoot, that’s fine too), lenses, lighting, composition and basic digital file editing/workflow. Toward the end of the day I always like to allow for some time for students to share a few images for group/instructor critiques based strictly on positive reinforcement. All of us are constantly learning and growing in photography, whether just starting out or with many years of experience. The most important thing to remember is to shoot and have fun!
This is a full-day workshop starting at 8AM and finishing around 5PM. The $89 fee per person includes instruction, handout materials and box lunch from Panera Bread. I ask for a $20 deposit to register and reserve a seat for the program. The deposit can be paid by check to: Picture Ohio LLC 2581 Trebein Rd. Xenia OH 45385 or via PayPal to “firstname.lastname@example.org.”
For those looking for more of an in-depth workshop experience please consider my weekend workshop I will be presenting on October 25-27 2013 at The Inn at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills.
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CELEBRATING AUTUMN | OCTOBER 25-27 2013 | INN AT CEDAR FALLS | HOCKING HILLS OHIO
Announcing an autumn nature photography workshop in the Hocking Hills of Southeastern Ohio on the weekend of October 25-27 2013 presented by award-winning and published pro photographer Jim Crotty. An intense but fun-filled learning experience, Jim will guide students through practical learning exercises on the art of composing the fall landscape, guiding the group to his favorite locations in Hocking Hills for fall subjects. Time will be spent on exploring texture and form in nature photography, learning to read the light of autumn, basic exposure and learning how to work in creative settings on the camera. Sunday morning will include image sharing and class/instructor image critiques.
The location is the beautiful setting and facilities of The Inn and Spa at Cedar Falls in Hocking Hills, Ohio.
All levels of photographic experience are welcome. This particular workshop will be directed to those photographers considered beginning level of skill with the DSLR camera.
The workshop begins on Friday noon and concludes Sunday at noon. NEW PRICE – now just $280 per student. $50 deposit required to reserve a seat, which is limited to 20 participants. Breakfast and lunch included on Saturday and Sunday. Also, workshop booklet with support materials and reference guide.
Deposit payments can be made via PayPal to “firstname.lastname@example.org” or checks to Picture Ohio, LLC 2581 Trebein Rd., Xenia, OH 45385.
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.