Nature Photography Workshop in Colorado

Images of Colorado.

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I am very excited about my nature photography workshop this coming weekend in Estes Park Colorado and Rocky Mountain National Park.

Saturday Workshop and Evening Field Trip – Sep 27

The Saturday workshop is a fast paced, fun filled, action packed day, combining intensive classroom explorations with several “go out and shoot” moments to practice the techniques you are learning. The Saturday workshop includes an evening field trip in Rocky Mountain National Park. The Saturday workshop and field trip are limited to 12 participants to allow for plenty of interaction.

Optional All Day Sunday Field Trip – Sep 28

For those who want an all day, intensive, “shoot in Rocky Mountain National Park” experience, I will be leading an optional dawn to dusk field trip on Sunday. The Sunday field trip is limited to 7 participants to maximize the time we have to work together.

Monday and Tuesday: “Shoot with a Pro” – Sep 29-30

For the ultimate one-on-one photography experience, I will be doing “Shoot with a Pro” sessions Monday and Tuesday. You can schedule a half day or a whole day.

Autumn in Rocky Mountain National Park

The last week in September is a splendid time of year to be in “Rocky” (as locals call the Park) and a terrific time to do a photography workshop. Most years, the aspen are at or near their glorious, golden peak, although it does vary from year to year. The bull elk come down out of the trees and gather their harems in the meadows for the fall rut. Other animals are at their peak as they prepare for winter.

FYI, If I plan on a photo trip to “Rocky” in the fall, I usually aim for the last week in September. Some years the aspen are at peak into early October (see the photo dates below), and some years the trees are stripped bare several days before September is over, so there are no guarantees. If I plan a photo trip to Southwest Colorado, I aim for the the first week in October to catch the aspen peak, but again, it varies from year to year.

Who Am I?

I am an internationally published nature, portrait, event, and commercial photographer. I have the ideal combination of practical photography experience and teaching skills to provide an inspiring workshop experience that will improve your photography.

I am a photography instructor with 19 years experience. I currently teach photography at The Ohio State University and I have taught at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts in Michigan and Graceland University in Iowa. During my workshops, seminars, and field trips I have worked with hundreds of photographers at all skill levels. I also do one-on-one, “Shoot with a Pro” sessions.

My nature, portrait, event, and commercial work has been published by the National Wildlife Federation, Black & White Magazine, The Ohio State University, Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Laboratory, Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, Graceland University, UNCF (United Negro College Fund), 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, Wiley Publishing, Inc., The MichMatist, Yukon Review, Magic 106.3, The Herald, Community of Christ, Presbyterian Church (PCUSA), Kirtland Temple Historic Site, KOA Campgrounds, Terrapin World Imports, and dozens of businesses too numerous to list here. My images can be found in magazines, books, newspapers, calendars, tourist brochures, corporate reports, and on web sites for corporations and not-for-profit organizations.

I am the author of Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies, one of the highest rated photography books at

What Will You Get Out of This Workshop?

Here are just a few workshop testimonials (with many more at

**Jim Doty gives the most warm, intense, wonderful photographic digital workshop. He is truly a gift to those who choose to attend. – Win M.

**I was so impressed by how many “trade secrets” he freely shared. I couldn’t learn as much as I did in this workshop on my own, if I worked hard for years. – Besma A.

**I really had no idea how much you could manipulate a camera to get such great images without using Photoshop. I found it amazing! – Melissa D.

**Amazing Workshop – Don’t miss the next one. – Bob W

**Jim Doty’s workshop is excellent. Very down to earth and not so technical to the point of being intimidating. – Steve S.

**The amount and quality of information was more than I had hoped for. – Alan M.

**I had NO IDEA my camera was capable of so much. – Vickie R.

More testimonials, including the full versions of the above excerpts.

Registration and Additional Information

The Saturday workshop/field trip is $125. The all day Sunday field trip is an additional $125. The shoot with a pro sessions are $300 for a half day (your choice of 6:30 am to 11:30 am or 3 pm to 8 pm) and $600 for a whole day (6:30 am to 11:30 am AND 3 pm to 8 pm).

Registration information is here, along with more information about the workshop.

Photo Collage Information

Coyote near the road to Bear Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP), Colorado, Oct 5, 2005.

Sprague Lake, Hallet Peak, Flattop Mountain, RMNP, Colorado, Oct 2, 2010.

Aspen, Marshall Pass Road, Southern Colorado, Sep 28, 2010.

Aspen Grove and Sky near Marshall Pass Road, Southern Colorado, Sep 28, 2010.

Twilight Sky with Clouds, Moraine Park, RMNP, Colorado, Feb 26, 2008.

Elk, Fall River Road, RMNP, Colorado, Oct 10, 2007.

Magpie Meets Camera Lens, Horseshoe Park RMNP, Colorado, Aug 27, 2004.

Least Chipmunk near Long Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Northern Colorado, July 30, 2007.

Aspen, Hallet Peak, Tyndale Glacier, and Flattop Mountain from the road to Bear Lake, RMNP, Colorado, Oct 3, 2010.

Pika, Trail Ridge Road, RMNP, Colorado, July 20, 2005.

Bugling Elk, Moraine Park, RMNP, Colorado, Oct 3, 2010.

The Pinnacles, Owl Creek Pass, Southwest Colorado, Sep 29, 2010.

Mt. Sneffels, San Juan Mountains, Southwest Colorado, Oct 3, 2003.

Boulders and Aspen, Bear Lake, Long’s Peak, RMNP, Colorado, Oct 3, 2010.

Rabbit near the Alluvial Fan, Horseshoe Park, RMNP, Colorado, July 21, 2005

Second Sunset, Brainard Lake, Indian Peaks Wilderness, Northern Colorado, July 30, 2007.

Sunflowers, Northeast Colorado, August 30, 2004.

Elk in a Snowstorm, Horseshoe Park, February 24, 2008.

Shooting Star (flower) near the Peak to Peak Highway, Northern Colorado, June 9, 1997.