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Total Immersion Nature Photography Weekend

Gibraltar Island, Lake Erie
August 19-21, 2016

Workshop Leaders:
Jim Doty, Jr. and Jeremy Bruskotter

Composite, nature photography.
Nature and Landscape Images by Jim Doty, Jr.

Sponsored by Ohio State University's prestigious Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island near scenic Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

Come spend a fun and exciting weekend on Gibraltar Island learning how to take your nature photography to the next level. Intensive exploration session are combined with "use your camera" photo exercises and "go out and do it" field trips to give you the ideal photographic experience. Learn the professional secrets that turn average into amazing.  In the exploration sessions, you will learn the steps that turn boring photos into beautiful , dynamic images. Minutes later you will be practicing those steps. You will receive individual, practical, coaching. Best of all, you will go home knowing how to create stunning photographs!

Workship Field Trip

We will cover a wide range of topics designed to be useful both to advanced amateurs, as well as newcomers to outdoor photography. Some of the topics covered include:

  • Seeing Like Your Camera Sees (And Not Like Your Eyes)
  • Metering - The First Big Step Toward Great Images
  • The Magic of Depth of Field - The Doorway to Dramatic Images
  • It's All About Time - Creating Images That Your Eyes Can't See
  • From Grand to Intimate - Landscapes Great and Small
  • From Bees to Birds to Bears -Wildlife Photography in Ohio and Beyond
  • Creating Beautiful Flower Images
  • Outdoor Photography as Fine Art - Don't just Capture . . . Envision!
  • Simplifying Tricky Situations - It's Only Hard Until You Know How

Workship Field Trip


  • Digital camera*(see the important note below) and the camera manual. You will be using your camera during the workshop.
  • Tripod.
  • Small flashlight or headlamp for our night shoots.
  • Extra batteries and your battery charger
  • The recommended textbook for the workshop is Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies. You can order it here at and learn more about it here.
  • It would also be helpful (but not required) if you bring a laptop to display and work on your images.

* 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.

You can can order a copy of Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies here or pick up a copy of Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies at the workshop for $35.00 provided you contact Jim Doty two weeks prior to the workshop and reserve a copy.


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.


Workship Field Trip


If you are new to photography or have a new camera, go through your camera's manual prior to the workshop so you are well acquainted with its basic functions. Check out the PASM modes (Program, Aperture priority, Shutter 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 might look something like this.

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 scale in this illustration is set to +1 (Plus One). Learn how to set yours for anything from -2 to +2 (some cameras have a scale that will go from -3 to +3 or more).

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.

Nature and Landscape Images  by Jeremy Bruskotter



Jim Doty will be teaming up again with OSU's Jeremy Bruskotter to lead this high energy, information packed, fun filled workshop.

Jim Doty is an internationally published freelance photographer. His landscape, nature, event, portrait, and commercial photography has been published in books, magazines, tourism brochures, calendars, and Web sites for corporations and nonprofit organizations.  He has 20 years experience teaching photography and leading photography field trips for photographers of all skill levels. Jim leads workshops and photography field trips for The Ohio State University and he has taught at Graceland University and the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts. He is the author of Digital Photography Exposure for Dummies, published by Wiley.

Jeremy Bruskotter earned a bachelor's degree in Art from Western Michigan University before working as a commercial artist for nearly a decade. He later earned a PhD in Natural Resources, marrying his love of photography with the natural world. His photography has been published in books and on websites. He specializes in large, fine art prints. Jeremy teaches at The Ohio State University in the School of Environment and Natural Resources.


Exploration Session with Jeremy Bruskotter


Transportation by OSU boat from Put-in-Bay, Ohio to Gibraltar is from 1-3 pm, Friday afternoon, followed by an orientation session around 4 pm, supper, and the first class and photo shoot after supper. Return transportation to Put-in-Bay via OSU boat is at 3 pm Sunday afternoon.

In between, there will be exploration sessions, field trips, meals, and time to sleep. The schedule will vary depending on the weather and the best photographic conditions.

Sunrise, Gibraltar Island


The $450 fee includes the 3 day workshop, lodging at Gibraltar Island, and all meals (Friday supper through Sunday lunch).


Registration details and other information for the workshop is online at the Stone Lab site.

Screen Capture from OSU's Stone Laboratory site (2015).

To schedule a teaching event with Jim for your photo club, group, or school, go here.


February 12, 2011
Updated July 11, 2016

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