Photography Workshops



I am happy to present a fall photography workshop amongst the beautiful gardens of Cox Arboretum MetroPark, near Dayton Ohio. This will be a one-day program that includes both classroom and field instruction, with subjects that include close-up nature, landscapes and outdoor portraits. Classroom instruction will be presented in the Mead Theater Room at Cox Arboretum, interspersed with outings to the gardens for demonstrations and exercises in composition, camera settings, lighting and more.

Toward the end of the workshop I will have time for students to share select images for class and instructor critiques, always conducted in a way to positively reinforce creative ability, technical skill and artistic vision.

I love photography but perhaps I love teaching photography even more. Come share in my passion for both the art and craft of photography. Late September at Cox Arboretum provides exquisite lighting conditions and wonderful natural subjects to photograph, including a tall grass prairie in its late summer/early fall splendor.

There will be models on hand for my field instruction on outdoor portraits, using both natural light and detached flash. Students will learn the difference between simple snapshots and professional portraits with my best tips on posing, angles, light direction and depth of field.

Classroom instruction will feature managing and editing image files using Adobe Lightroom and the Nik plug-in software.

This workshop is primarily geared toward those just starting out with their first DSLR camera, however, I often have advanced photographers attend my introductory workshops because there is always an opportunity to learn and share in a group instruction setting. A DSLR camera is not required but strongly recommended. Students are encouraged to bring all of their equipment.

The cost is $89 per person which includes a catered box lunch from Panera Bread. The workshop will begin at 8:30 AM and conclude by 5:00 PM. There is a $20 deposit required to reserve a seat. I try to keep my workshops limited to the first 20 people who register so as to ensure quality of personal instruction. Deposit payments can be made by check to: Picture Ohio LLC 2581 Trebein Rd. Xenia OH 45385 or via PayPal to “”

Come enjoy a beautiful day of fun and learning and see why it is that I still have as much passion and enthusiasm for the camera and light as I did when I first got started many years ago. It will be a photographic experience you will always remember, and one which will make a big difference with what you can accomplish with your camera.

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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