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

Ohio State University - Mansfield
Mansfield Ohio Campus

Saturday - October 14, 2017
Saturday - May 5, 2018

Workshop: 9:00 am - 5:30 pm
Field Trip: 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Workshop

The workshop is offered twice per year. The next two are October 14, 2017 and May 5, 2018 .

Come 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


What will this workshop do for you? Read the testimonials (in blue) below!

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

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 19 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's 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, 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.

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

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


Workshop Location

OSU Mansfield
Ovalwood Hall, Room 100
1760 University Drive
Mansfield, OH 44906

A map and directions are at the bottom of the page.

We have learned so much more about photography than we ever dreamed existed. Thank you so much for teaching us so much with such enthusiasm. - Pat D


The registration fee is $90. OSU's Ohio Woodlands Steward Program has information on this page with a link to the registration information. The registration deadline for the spring workshop is May 1. This workshop is limited to the first 12 participants to register. This workshop has a history of booking full and we have had to turn people away. Register now.


Morning snacks, lunch, and dinner are included in the $90 registration fee.

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 had NO IDEA my camera was capable of so much. - Vickie R


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 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 two weeks 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.

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



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.

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


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.

Hi Jim - I can't wait to get to get out into the field and put what I learned into practice. As you say, Happy Shooting! - Becky W

Map & Directions

The OSU Mansfield Campus is northwest of Mansfield on OH-39.

From OH-39 (Springmill Rd.) take University Drive past Kenwood Circle and park in the parking lot on the right by the bus stop (marked with a "P" on this map). As you face the front of Ovalwood Hall there are doors on the left, center, and right. Room 100 ("X" on the map) is closest to the doors on the right.


Great Workshop! I can use your material to quickly become a better photographer. - Jim T

I began to read every book about photography that I could get my hands on. I also enrolled in a nature photography class taught by Jim Doty. Jim's class proved incredibly helpful, covering many specific techniques employed by professional photographers that weren't in any of the dozens of books I owned. Jim's class helped me to develop technically, and the results were instantly apparent.  - Jeremy Bruskotter

Jeremy is now shooting professionally and specializes in large, fine art prints. He has a PhD in natural resources and he teaches in the School of Environment and Natural Resources at The Ohio State University where he combines his love of photography with the natural world. Jeremy and Jim team up each summer to do an outdoor photography weekend for OSU's prestigious Stone Lab at Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie. More information here.

More testimonials, including longer versions of the above testimonials.


November 11, 2013
Updated May 12, 2017

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