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Testimonials for Jim Doty's
Workshops and Classes


"Take it all in, and give it all back."* This is precisely what Jim Doty did at his workshop. 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.  I honestly feel that if I apply and practice what I learned from his workshop, my photography will significantly improve! His personality and love for teaching are as impressive as his photos. - Besma A

I just want to say thanks for a great workshop day!  I really enjoyed my time and the information you gave, even though I could only be there for the one day on Saturday.  I have had my DSLR camera for a number of years now, always playing with it and trying different things.  I always thought I could just teach myself with photography books and the camera manual and not really need to take a class.  I always thought, I have an Art degree, I understand composition and color - now I just need to learn the tool and thought I could do it myself.  But even after reading and re-reading and trying different things, my photos didn't always do what I wanted.  Your session helped pull so many aspects of photography together and helped me to see and use my camera in new ways, and helped me understand all those aspects I was trying to learn about!  You also helped me to remember that I can also try things with my photos to make them more artistic and to not be afraid to do that. Thanks for that!  Now I just need to keep practicing! - Travis S

Jim's workshop was incredibly helpful. I learned so much from just one day with him that my photo quality improved that same day! I still have a lot to learn but what a difference his workshop made for me. I would definitely recommend his workshop to anyone who needs help improving their photo quality. - Gena B

Hello Jim- I had a great time this past Saturday,  I really had no idea how much you could manipulate a camera to get such great images without using Photoshop.  I found it amazing!  I'm excited to get out and practice. Thanks! - Melissa D

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

Jim's workshop showed me the way to put my DSLR's features to use and the advantages of knowing why and how they function. East to follow and understand. - Gene S

Thanks again for a fantastic experience at the workshop. I'm really itching to re-read the book, get the camera out and practice all of these new skills. - Andreas S

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

Amazing Workshop - Don't miss the next one. - Bob W

Jim, I absolutely love your photography workshop!  Since I love photography, my husband gave me this gift of your workshop for our anniversary gift (39 years) and he even came with me! We have learned so much more about photography than we ever dreamed existed. You have made it so fun and your love of photography really shines through. My husband decided to get his own camera even, and we are so excited to practice what we've learned. Thank you so much for teaching us so much with such enthusiasm. - Pat D

Jim, your seminar is just what I need to provide a fresh motivation for my photography hobby. - Ralph E

Great workshop! I can use your material to quickly become a better photographer. Thanks so much.  - Jim T

Jim told us at the start that we would be given more information than we could absorb in a day, and he was certainly right in my case; but now I have a better idea of what CAN be done and have the resources to expand on my knowledge and skills with a camera I've used for years! I am familiarized with the liberties I can take with my camera and know how to search for features to better my picture taking. I had NO IDEA my camera was capable of so much! - Vickie R

Jim, I wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed your workshop last Saturday.  The amount and quality of information was more than I had hoped for.  Now if I can only remember a portion of what you taught us my photo skills will have been greatly improved.  - Alan M

Jim, Thank you so much for the interesting workshop. I learned many things and now have the knowledge and incentive to work on exposure. I will never look at a white colonial style house the same again with out thinking of you.  Thank you for having a workshop that was anything but boring.  - Trish L

Hi Jim, Your workshop renewed and re-excited my interest in photography.  I have some new ideas and ways to "up my game."  I enjoyed the time on the beach.  It was a good time to ask questions and try out some of what I learned.  Thanks! - Don M

Hi Jim - Thank you so much for coming back to Michigan for this workshop! I really enjoyed it and it has re-ignited my interest in photography. I can't wait to get out into the field and put what I learned into practice. The workshop also reminded me of the things I need to study and work on. You covered many things in a short time frame, but I always feel that too much information is better than not enough. As you say, Happy Shooting!  :) Thanks much! - Becky W

Hi Jim,  I was in the 5/17 MI photography workshop.  I enjoyed it very much.  I had read ALL of your book before hand. Wonderful job on the book! - Jan M

I appreciate the course and if I had this experience before my wife and I traveled to Alaska for our 50th anniversary, our trip would have been embellished with better photography. - Danny J

Jim Doty is wonderful! - Joe M

*"Take it all in, and give it all back" is a statement by Dewitt Jones that Jim references in some of his workshops.




Jeremy Bruskotter and Bob Lemieux are now professional photographers.  They took Jim's classes when he was teaching at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts.

Dear Jim:  On behalf of my clients and "fans" on my web site I want to thank you for the influence you have had on my growth and development as a professional nature photography. Your classes made the business of photography understandable and exciting. In my case, the way you simplified the creation of images that impact the viewer, has made my efforts rewarding spiritually and financially. I have enjoyed sharing my work with thousands of viewers via the many exhibitions and shows I have presented. Sincerest thanks for your patience and commitment to introducing me to a vocation of creating images in nature. - Bob Lemieux

I began to read every book about photography that I could get my hands on, learning about the importance of shooting from a tripod and carrying very sharp lenses. 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 a nature and landscape photographer who specializes in fine art prints. He teaches in the department of nature resources at The Ohio State University. Each summer, Jim and Jeremy team up to lead a weekend Outdoor Photography Workshop at Ohio State University's prestigious Stone Laboratory on Gibraltar Island in Lake Erie. More info here.


"The best class I've had to date." - Russ

"It's clear how passionate you are about photography. You get the class excited too. You give great amounts of info, all useful. Thanks for everything!"  - Wendy

"I will always be grateful for your knowledge and your ability to teach. Thank you!" -  Ken

"Great enthusiasm, attitude, knowledge, supportive. Great information."  - Clare

"Excellent organization and presentation." - Dave

"Really one of the best photography classes I have taken." -  Scott

"Jim is very organized and the most informative instructor I've had."  - Pam

"Excellent! Thank you."  - Sandra

"Wonderful class. Presentation informative with high energy and enthusiasm. Well worth the money and time." -  David

"Outstanding class! Really enjoyed it."  - Sarge

"One of the most enjoyable classes that I've taken. Excellent, in-depth enthusiastic teaching! Organization, handouts, etc. much better than most classes. Demonstration - teaching slides were outstanding!" -  Bob B

"Great help - good patience."  - Kimberly

"I enjoyed this class tremendously. I have learned photographic techniques that I had a hard time grasping in the past. My photography has and will continue to improve. I got much more out of this class than I ever expected." -  Mike


May 17, 2011
Updated Sept. 14, 2015

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