Total Immersion Photography Workshops for 2017

I am excited to announce my total immersion nature photography workshops for 2017. They are all listed and linked at JimDoty.com. These are action packed, fun filled workshops that are crammed full of practical photography tips, techniques, and go-out-and-do-it field trips that will give a big boost to your photography. Read what photographers say about the workshops.


Morning field trip at Beaver Meadows. Workshop at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Morning field trip at Beaver Meadows. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

No professional secrets are held back. I share everything I possibly can to help you become a better photographer.

Morning field trip. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Morning field trip. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

These are full tilt, no holds barred, get right after it workshops. One day workshops are non-stop from 9 am to 8 pm (with breaks for meals).

Field trip. Workshop at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Evening field trip at Sprague Lake. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Weekend and 2 1/2 day workshops are crammed full of activities from 6 am or earlier in the morning until 9 pm or later at night.

Morning field trip. Photography workshop at OSU's Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, Ohio.

Morning field trip. Photography workshop at OSU’s Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, Ohio.

If you end up temporarily worn out from the intense schedule (it happens), skip a morning or late evening field trip, rest, and catch up with us at the next activity.

Exploration session. Workshop at Rocky Mountain NAtion Park, Colorado.

Exploration session. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Intensive, fully illustrated exploration sessions in the classroom are followed by “go out and do it” field trips. One minute you are learning the professional secrets of great photography, the next minute you are outside practicing what you just learned. It is a great mix of seeing and doing that is design to take your photography to the next level.

Evening field trip at Bear Lake. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado. Click to see a larger version.

In addition to the outside photo activities at the primary workshop location to practice your skills, we also go on field trips to other locations of photographic interest.

The Milky Way over Lake Charlevoix. Evening field trip. Workshop at Park of the Pines, Northern Michigan.

Park of the Pines is on Lake Charlevoix so we do the morning field trips right there. In the evening we head north to Lake Michigan and to other places like Thorne-Swift Nature Preserve. The Colorado workshop takes advantage of Rocky Mountain National Park which is right next to our workshop location.

Morning field trip at Sprague Lake. Workshop at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Morning field trip at Sprague Lake. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

If you are serious about your photography and ready to kick it up a notch, one of these workshops is for you.

Field trip at Thorne-Swift Nature Preserve. Workshop at Park of the Pines, Michigan.

Field trip at Thorne-Swift Nature Preserve. Photography workshop at Park of the Pines, Michigan.

These workshops have a limited number of participants so everyone gets lots of attention. These workshops fill up fast.

Morning field trip. Workshop at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Morning field trip. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Every year we have to turn people away who waited too long. Some of these workshops are already filling up. Register soon.

Morning field trip. Workshop at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Morning field trip. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

The one day workshops are limited to 12 photographers. The weekend workshops are limited to 10 photographers.

Morning field trip, beaver pond. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Morning field trip, beaver pond. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Why such small limits? A lot of photography workshops are “limited” to 25-30 participants. You do the math. How much personal attention will you get from the workshop leader when there are so many photographers?

Evening field trip in Moraine Park. Workshop at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Evening field trip in Moraine Park. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

The Colorado photography workshop is hugely popular. Last year we had photographers from Colorado, Wyoming, Iowa, and, Tennessee and it booked full within a few weeks of being announced. If this is the workshop for you, register now.

"Blood Moon" Lunar Eclipse. Night field trip in Horseshoe Park. Photography workshop at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

“Blood Moon” Lunar Eclipse. Night field trip in Horseshoe Park. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Do to the high demand and the splendor of the location for the Colorado workshop, we added an advanced photo excursion for people who have already been to one of my workshops.

Morning field trip. Photography workshop at OSU’s Gibraltar in Lake Erie, Ohio.

One of the best indicators of the quality of a workshop is the number of participants who come back and take a workshop again. Great workshop presenters throw more information at you than you can possibly absorb. I have been to George Lepp and Rod Planck’s one day seminars several times. Why? Because you can’t “learn it all” in one workshop. You learn something new every time. Sad to say, George and Rod are not currently offering one day seminars. I did a 5 day photo tour in Denali National Park with George Lepp and it was like being in photographic heaven.

Evening field trip at Lake Michigan. Workshop at Park of the Pines Northern Michigan.

Northern Lights. Evening field trip at Lake Michigan. Photography workshop at Park of the Pines Northern Michigan

I started teaching photography 22 years ago at the the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. There  was a mix of 10-12 classroom sessions and 7-9 field trips to prime photographic locations. Students would come back and take the classes more than once. That is true of my workshops today. You can read workshop testimonials here.

Field trip. Photography workshop at OSU’s Mansfield Ohio campus.

Field trip. Photography workshop at OSU’s Mansfield Ohio campus.

Workshop Costs

Depending on the workshop location and sponsor, the one day workshops are $90 – and weekend workshops range from $300 – $450. The workshop fee at Park of the Pines in Northern Michigan includes food and lodging, making it a huge bargain. Details for each workshop are at the links below.

"Big Red" lighthouse. Evening field trip at Holland State Park. Workshop at Grand Rapids, Michigan.

“Big Red” lighthouse. Evening field trip at Holland State Park. Photography workshop at Grand Rapids, Michigan.

So who am I? This is from my web site:

The Workshop Leader

Jim Doty, Jr. has the ideal combination of practical photography experience and teaching skills to provide an inspiring workshop experience that will improve your photography.

Field Trip. Photography workshop at OSU's Gibraltar Island.

Field Trip to South Bass Island. Photography workshop at OSU’s Gibraltar Island.

Jim is a photography instructor with 22 years experience on the adult and University level. He currently teaches photography at The Ohio State University. He has also taught at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Michigan and Graceland University in Iowa. During his workshops, seminars, and field trips he has worked with hundreds of photographers at all skill levels. He also does one-on-one, “shoot with a pro” sessions for people who want the ultimate in personal guidance.

Bull elk. Field trip. Workshop at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Bull elk. Field trip. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Jim is an internationally published photographer whose images can be found in magazines, books, newspapers, calendars, tourist brochures, corporate reports, and on web sites for corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

Evening field trip. Workshop at OSU's Gibraltar in Lake Erie, Ohio.

Evening field trip. Photography workshop at OSU’s Gibraltar, Lake Erie, Ohio.

Jim’s nature, portrait, event, and commercial work has been published by the National Wildlife Federation, Black & White Magazine, The Ohio State University, Graceland University, Ohio.com, Wiley Publishing, Inc., The MichMatist, The Akron Beacon Journal, Nebraska Magazine, The Yukon Review, UNCF (United Negro College Fund), Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Laboratory, Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, Crowne Plaza Hotels, Staybridge Suites, Holiday Inn Hotels, Best Western Hotels, Hunt’s Guide to the Upper Peninsula, Heartland Tours and Travel, Midwest Photo Exchange, Magic 106.3, The Herald, Community of Christ, Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), Kirtland Temple Historic Site, KOA Campgrounds, Restoration Voice, Terrapin World Imports, and dozens of other businesses and organizations too numerous to list here.

Morning field trip. Workshop at OSU's Gibraltar in Lake Erie, Ohio.

Morning field trip. Photography workshop at OSU’s Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, Ohio.

Jim is the author of Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies, one of the highest rated photography books at Amazon.com. More information is here.

The Milky Way. Night field trip in Horseshoe Park. Workshop at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

The Milky Way. Night field trip in Horseshoe Park. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Workshop Links

Links to all of the workshops.

Field trip. Workshop at Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Field trip. Photography workshop at Estes Park and Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado.

Total Immersion Nature Photography Workshop
OSU – Mansfield Ohio Campus
May 6, 2017

Total Immersion Nature Photography Weekend
Lake Charlevoix near Boyne City, Michigan
May 26-28, 2017
Optional All Day Field Trip – May 29, 2017

Field trip to South Bass Island. Photography workshop at OSU's Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, Ohio.

Field trip to South Bass Island. Photography workshop at OSU’s Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, Ohio.

Total Immersion Nature Photography Weekend
Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Colorado
September 22-24, 2017

“Shoot with a Pro” One-on-One Sessions
Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado
September 25-26, 2017

Morning field trip. Photography workshop at OSU's Gibraltar in Lake Erie, Ohio.

Morning field trip. Photography workshop at OSU’s Gibraltar, Lake Erie, Ohio.

Total Immersion Advanced Photo Excursion
Rocky Mountain National Park and Estes Park, Colorado
September 26-28, 2017

Venus and Jupiter over "Big Red" and the Holland breakwater light. Field trip, photography workshop at Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Venus and Jupiter over “Big Red” and the Holland breakwater light, Holland State Park. Field trip, photography workshop at Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Total Immersion Nature Photography Workshop
OSU – Mansfield Ohio Campus
October 14, 2017

Group portrait, photography workshop, OSU's Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, Ohio.

Group portrait at South Bass Island. Photography workshop at OSU’s Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie, Ohio.

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