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Photography Workshop:
"Capturing Nature's Wonders"
with Jim Doty, Jr.

2523 Amherst Avenue
Kalamazoo, Michigan

Saturday - May 14, 2016
Workshop: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Field Trip: 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Sunday - May 15, 2016
"Shoot with a Pro" One-on-One Sessions
6:00 am - 11:00 am or 4:00 pm - 9:00 pm.
(Exact times are negotiable.)


The Saturday Workshop

Spend a fun and exciting day learning how to take your outdoor photography to the next level.  You'll receive "real time" instruction in the field, as well as intensive classroom explorations. In the classroom, you will learn the simple steps that make the difference between ordinary snapshots and dynamic images. Minutes later you will be practicing those steps. In the evening we will go on a field trip to practice what we have been working on all day. You will go home knowing how to create eye-catching photographs!

You will learn:

Professional Secrets for Great Color (the "Saturation" slider
in Photoshop is NOT the key to great color)

Metering - The First Big Step Toward Great Images

Depth of Field - The Doorway to Dynamic Images

It's all about the Light - How to "read" and "work with the light" to put magic in your images

Playing with Time - Creating Images That Your Eyes Can't See

From Grand to Intimate - Steps to Beautiful Landscapes Great and Small

Wildlife Photography - Putting your Best Paw Forward

Petals in the Wind - How to Create Eye-Catching Flower Images

Starry Starry Night - Night and Low Light Photography

Simplifying Tricky Situations - It's Only Hard Until You Know How



The Optional Sunday "Shoot with a Pro" One-on-One Sessions

The fastest way to learn photography and up your game is to shoot one on one with a pro. You can book one of two five hour block of time with Jim for $300. This is a great opportunity expand your skills and explore new photographic possibilities. We will shoot at several locations in the Grand Rapids or Kalamazoo area. Contact Jim to register.



The workshop registration fee is $150.

The workshop Saturday is limited to the first 10 registered participants. Once the workshop is full, you can be placed on a priority waiting list in case someone cancels.

You are registered when your payment has been received. Registration fees are refunded in full if you cancel by April 16. After April 16 you will not receive a refund unless someone else registers to take your place.

To register for the workshop contact Jim Doty for registration details.

The optional Sunday "Shoot with a Pro" One-on-One Sessions are $300. There are two time slots available on a first registered, first served basis. You are registered when your payment has been received.

To register for a one-on-one session contact Jim Doty.



Workshop Location

This is a NEW location from last year.

Kalamazoo Community of Christ
2523 Amherst Ave.
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

Maps and directions are at the bottom of the page.


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.

Jim is a photography instructor with 21 years experience. 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 photo instruction.

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.

Jim's nature, portrait, event, and commercial work has been published by the National Wildlife Federation, Black & White Magazine, Nebraska Magazine, The Ohio State University, Ohio Sea Grant, Stone Laboratory, Ohio Woodland Stewards Program, Graceland University, UNCF (United Negro College Fund),, The Internet Movie Database (IMDb), 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, The Akron Beacon Journal, 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.

Jim is the author of Digital Photography Exposure for Dummiesone of the highest rated photography books at More information is here.

Bring to the Workshop

A digital camera*(see the important note below) and the camera manual. You will be using your camera during the workshop.

A tripod if you have one.

An 18% Gray Card that is no smaller than 4x6 inches in size.

A notebook or paper to take notes.

A sack lunch (so we don't need to take a lot of time to go out somewhere and eat). There is a refrigerator at the workshop location.

Everyone will eat dinner "on the road" at the place of their own choosing on the way to the evening field trip location.

A small flashlight or headlamp for the field trip.

If you have the recommended companion book for the workshop, Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies, bring it to the workshop. The presentations during the workshop will be page keyed to additional information in the book. You can can order it here or buy a copy for $35 at the workshop. If you want to pick up a copy at the workshop, let me know prior to the workshop.

*Important camera note. To get the most out of this workshop you will need a camera that allows you to manually control apertures, shutter speeds, and ISO settings. You will need a lens that allows you to turn off autofocus. Any recent model DLSR (digital single lens reflex) or ILC (interchangeable lens compact), will be fine. If you have a full featured point and shoot camera that has the four basic PASM modes (Program, Aperture priority, Shutter priority, and Manual) and makes them easy to use, you will do just fine.


This is an active, "go outside and do things" kind of workshop. You might end up sitting, kneeling, or laying down on the ground to get the best photo angle so dress accordingly.


Mobility Issues

This is a nature photography workshop so the field trip locations (Saturday evening and especially on the extended field trip on Sunday) will involve some uneven terrain, woodland trails, and some stairs. None of the field trip locations involve walking more than 300 yards from the area where you park your car, or an elevation gain of more than 50 feet.


Before The Workshop

Go through your camera's manual prior to the workshop so you are well acquainted with the PASM modes (Program, Aperture priority, S hutter priority, and Manual) and learn how to use them. Before the workshop it is especially important to learn how to change apertures, shutter speeds, and ISO settings in the "Manual" exposure mode. Try out the other modes too.

If your camera has "mirror lock up", "depth of field preview", or a "live view" mode, be sure you know how to use them. If your camera has a B (for bulb) mode, learn how to access it and use it (it might be hidden in the camera's menu section).

Find and learn how to use the Exposure Compensation Scale. It will have a series of tick marks with numbers from -2 to +2 (or -3 to +3).

In some cameras, the Exposure Compensation Scale is always visible inside the viewfinder. In others it is always visible on an external LCD. With some cameras you have to find it in the menu system to access it or turn it on. The amount of exposure compensation in this illustration is set to +1 (Plus One). Learn how to set yours for anything from -2 to +2.

If your camera allows you to set a "custom white balance", check your camera manual and learn how to do that too.

If you have Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies, it would be very helpful if you look through chapters 2, 3, and 4 before the workshop.


Map & Directions

This is a NEW location from last year.

Kalamazoo Community of Christ
2523 Amherst Ave.
Kalamazoo, Michigan 49008

Directions from the North:

US-131 South to Stadium Dr. East, Turn Right onto Drake, then left on Parkview. Turn right on Madison and left on  Amherst to Church on right.

Directions from South:


US-131 North to Stadium Dr. East, Turn Right onto Drake, then left on Parkview. Turn right on Madison and left on Amherst to Church on right.


May 22, 2014
Updated May 4, 2016

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