All posts by Mike Dooley

Mike’s photographs are recognizable by their bold colors, striking compositions and masterful displays of light. Mike’s photography shows you the ordinary in an extraordinary way. His personal website, Mike Dooley Photography, showcases his latest work and his adventures behind the lens. Mike was recently selected as the 2014-15 Rhode Island Blood Centers Seasons’ Pass Artist, and his work was featured in the March 2014 Issue of Shutterbug Magazine. Mike’s photographs are frequently on exhibit at art galleries across the region. Located in Warwick, Rhode Island, Mike spends much of his free time exploring every nook and cranny of the Ocean State, and is very active in the Rhode Island photography community, Mike recently served a term as the President of thePhotographic Society of Rhode Island. He is also a member of the Wickford Art Associations Photo Arts Group. In addition to creating photographs, Mike enjoys sharing the techniques and the tools that he uses to create his images. He has given multiple presentations on photography to organizations around New England. Mike founded the Photographers’ Connection, along with Bob Kidd in 2014.

Close Up Photography – Make Ordinary Extraordinary

Close Up Photograph of an apple by Rhode Island photographer Mike Dooley
An Apple a Day – Mike Dooley

One of the amazing things about close up photography is the chance to take something ordinary and transform it into something extraordinary! Even the simplest of subjects can be transformed!

You can find ordinary objects everywhere. Take a minute and just look at your surroundings now. Look at the individual items, the details. Add a little controlled lighting, and fill the frame with your subject and it will begin to transform from ordinary to extraordinary!

Sound like fun? Sound like something you would be interested in trying? Join instructors Don Rotteck and Mike Dooley in our full day Macro & Close Up Photography Workshop!

Year In Review: 2015 Photography Workshops

As we prepared to plan our Photography Workshops for 2016, we spent a lot of time talking about 2015. We did a “year in review” to get a better understanding of what worked and what didn’t. We talked a lot about the photographers that we were fortunate to connect with.

Lets just say that 2015 was an amazing year for Photographers Connection! We hosted a bunch of workshops, and we got to work with over 50 photographers! But this year was so much more!

While we got to do a lot of teaching in 2015, we also made some great new friends. It has been an honor and a privilege to work along side so many talented and enthusiastic photographers.

In the upcoming year we are going to be offering a great collection of workshops – check out the workshop schedule for details! We will be rolling out an exciting new program that we are calling the “Photographers Spotlight”!

Many of our new photography friends have taken several workshops with us, and we have take so much pleasure in seeing the improvement in your work! The Photographers Spotlight will be a regular feature that highlights the work of one of our photographers!

In the meantime check out this video of our photographers and instructors in action during some of our past workshops!

Photography Workshops for 2016

On a recent winter morning the instructors at Photographers Connection got together to plan out our photography workshops for the upcoming year. Armed with coffee, calendars and YOUR input we put our heads together and found that you all had some kick ass ideas! Based on your requests, and your feedback on last years programs we put together a series of photography workshops designed to help YOU to be a better photographer!

So what are we going to do? Lots of hands on photography workshops that consist of excursions and lots of image reviews! Workshop sizes are going to be kept small. In most cases our class size is going to be limited to no more then 6 photographers. Limited class size for maximum value! Our staffing allows us to have at least 2 instructors per class so you will get plenty of one-on-one attention!

Photographers pose for a class portrait during one of our photography workshops to New York City
Photography Workshop Class Portrait

One of the things we discussed at length was the incredible growth that we are seeing in our photographers. Many of you have come back and taken multiple programs with us, and we have been truly honored to get to work with and teach so many talented photographers. Showcasing your achievements is something the Photographers Connections is going to be doing more of in the upcoming months, and we can’t wait to share. Stay tuned for some upcoming announcements on this front soon!

Photography Workshops for 2016

So which workshops did we decide on? Here is a brief list of the workshops/trips we decided on.

  • Gear is Good
  • New York City day trip
  • Boston day/night photography trip
  • Day trip to an auto junkyard
  • Macro/Close-up Photography
  • Camera Filters
  • Camera Fundamentals
  • Seascape Photography
  • Landscape, Flowers & Night Sky Photography at Buttonwood Farm
  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Studio Portraiture
  • Sports and Action
  • Photographing the Holidays at Lasalette

A Special Photography Workshop

In addition, we are very excited to announce something new! Not a workshop, but a long term mentoring program. The Photographers Connections’ very own Laura Paton is going to be leading a Documentary Photography program. This is not going to be a class, this is going to be a journey. Laura is going to take you beyond craft and take you deep into the art! We will be announcing more details on this exciting new program in the coming weeks!

As we nail down the details for each workshop we will be post an updated workshop schedule here on the website. If you want to make it super easy to stay up to date, sign up for our email list right at the bottom of the page. Announcements will be delivered right to your inbox! Simple, easy and we will NOT bury you with spam!

Individual Instruction

At the Photographers Connection we understand that working one-on-one with an instructor can be very beneficial. In addition to our photography workshops, our instructors all often individual instruction. With expertise in a wide variety of genres, our instructors can help you no matter what your current skill level is!

Thank You!

Most importantly, thank YOU! Thank you for all of your support and encouragement in 2015. Our workshops were an amazing success, and that could not have happened with out all of our amazing photographers! We look forward to 2016 and another exciting year of working with you, making new friends, and sharing our passion for the craft and art of photography!

Bob, Mike, Don and Laura

Image Review – January 13, 2016

Photographers’ Connection is holding our next image review on January 13 at 7pm at the Davisville Library in N. Kingstown. Bring 3 photographs to show, enjoy a few refreshments and network with other photographers. Find out about the exciting programs that Photographers’ Connection has planned for 2016.



Image Review - January 7, 2016
Image Review – January 13, 2016