Photography Workshops by Jim Crotty
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-896-6311.
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
* My top ten tips for best results in landscape photography
* Pro techniques for optimal results with close-up (macro) nature photography
* Move into the creative zone and away from full auto
* The “zen” of fulfilling nature photography
* Learn to “see” the light?* How to “work” a location with proper approach and patience
* Best tools and lenses for pro results
* The benefits of working from creative angles
* Best practices and software for outstanding digital editing
* How to get your images noticed and ultimately sold and published
Plus my workshops are just plain FUN. Learning the art and craft of nature photography does not have to be tedious and stressful. Far from it. It should always be a fun and rewarding experience.
I have been leading and teaching photography workshops in Ohio since 2009. My emphasis is on my students, providing both small group and individual attention and instruction based on what I observe as current skill and knowledge levels and potential for growth in both artistic vision and technical knowledge. What I DON’T DO is photograph for my own portfolio while leading and teaching workshops. The only photography that I engage in during my workshops is when demonstrating technique, camera settings and composition for the students.
Since beginning my photography workshop programs over seven years ago there have been a number of other professional photographers in Ohio who have attempted to imitate my style of instruction and within the locations that I know and photograph so well. But here’s the difference – I know how to communicate, how to teach and how to connect with my workshop groups. Just ask anyone who has attended one of my programs in the past.
Prior to beginning my career as a professional photographer in 2003 I worked in management level positions in human resources, marketing and public relations in several different industries. I’ve also taught at the college level classes in public speaking and journalism. There are many talented professional photographers but few who can successfully connect with, guide and encourage others, particularly those who are just beginning their own creative journeys in the beautiful world of nature and landscape imagery.
I am a Certified Professional Photographer, earning this rarely achieved designation among other pro photographers in Ohio through my involvement with the Professional Photographers of America. My work has been recognized with numerous national and state awards as well as published in Outdoor Photographer, Nature’s Best, Smithsonian, USAToday and Professional Photographer magazines. I’ve photographed book covers for internationally published authors and installations of my fine art prints are found in several of the largest hospitals and medical centers in Ohio.