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Awards List

PHOTOGRAPHIC OPEN AWARDS
Portrait

Best Portrait of a Man
Best Portrait of a Woman
Best Portrait of a Child
Best Portrait of a Group
Best Portrait of an Animal or group of animals (Pets)
Best Classic Portrait (little or no digital enhancement applied)
Best Portrait by a Master
Best Portrait General Exhibit (non-Master)

Illustrative
Best Commercial Image
Best Aerial Image
Best Scenic Image
Best Architecture Image
Best Wildlife Image
Best Fine Art/Still Life Image
Best Sport/Event Image
Best Illustrative Open by a Master
Best Illustrative Open General Exhibit (non-Master)

Creative
Best Creative Open by a Master
Best Creative Open General Exhibit (non-Master)

Album
Best Album General Exhibit (non-Master)
Best Album by a Master
Best Multi-Maker Album by a Master
Best Multi-Maker Album General Exhibit (non-Master)

ARTIST AWARDS
Best Artist Entry by a Master Artist
Best Artist Entry General Collection (non-Master Artist)
Best Restoration Image

WEDDING AWARDS
Best Bride
Best Groom
Best Couple or Group
Best Wedding Moment
Best Wedding Still Life
Best Wedding Open by a Master
Best Wedding Open General Exhibit

Wedding Album Awards
Best Album by a Master
Best Album General Exhibit (non-Master)
Best Multi-Maker Album by a Master
Best Multi-Maker Album General Exhibit (non-Master)

OTHER AWARDS
♦ Best First Time Entry TPPA
♦ Judges Choice Ribbons. Each judge awards one ribbon.
♦ CPP Award for highest scoring Image by a Certified Professional Photographer
♦ ASP State Elite Award (Goes to the highest scoring image by an ASP Member)
♦ Top Photographic Open Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the PO Competition)
♦ Top Artist Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the Artist Competition)
♦ Top Wedding Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the Wedding Competition)
♦ Top 10 in Texas Award (Top 10 scoring averages from the overall competition. Requires a minimum of 4 entries in at least
one of the three competitions: Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Best of Show

COMPETITION AWARD PINS
♦ Bronze – 4 entries scoring 80 or above in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Silver – 5 entries scoring 80 or above in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Gold – 6 entries scoring 80 or above in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Platinum – 7 entries scoring 80 or above in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Diamond – 8 entries scoring 80 or above in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)


 

Awards List2019-09-20T13:48:34-05:00

Artist Competition Rules

Please review thoroughly!
Please Note: The TPPA Annual Photographic Competition is open to all photographers, however, only TPPA Members are eligible for trophies and awards. Please log in to our TPPA Member Services site and confirm your membership in TPPA.

The purpose of the Artist Competition is to allow the entrant to demonstrate their art skills and expertise in pursuit of the PPA Master Artist degree (previously known as Master of Electronic Imaging degree). Entries will be judged for digital, artistic and technical proficiency. Entries can be created using digital or traditional art (such as painting and airbrush) or a combination of both. Through this competition, TPPA members are also eligible to earn trophies dedicated to Master Artist entries and TPPA Fellowship Points.

1. All entries must be registered at Printcompetition.com.
2. Entrants may only submit digital files for judging.
3. Entrants are required to upload a digital file for each image entered.
4. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.
5. Images which are entered into PPA’s District Competition are also eligible for the TPPA Annual Competition provided the images are submitted to TPPA’s competition by June 1, prior to the start of the District Competition.
6. Once an image has been awarded a score of 80 or above in PPA District or IPC competition, or any previous TPPA Annual Photographic Competition, it may not be entered into the TPPA Annual Competition. This includes any image from an album scoring 80 or higher.
7. Entrants do not need to be TPPA members to compete in the Photographic Open Competition, however, only TPPA members are eligible for trophies and awards.

ELIGIBILITY

1. Entries may be reproduced from existing photographs, portraits, graphics or any other artwork so long as the entrant is prepared to provide appropriate written documentation indicating permission for usage. This documentation may be requested by TPPA before, during or after the competition. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the TPPA Photographic Competition Chairman, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law and cannot be proven otherwise, that entry shall be disqualified and merits revoked, if issued.
2. All processing, manipulation, artwork or rendering must be done by the entrant.
3. The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold TPPA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of TPPA’s display, publication and promotion or other use of each image submitted to TPPA.
4. The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.
5. A maximum of eight entries is allowed in the Artist Competition.
6. A minimum of 4 entries is required to be considered for the Top Artist Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the Artist Competition) and the Top 10 in Texas Award (Top 10 scoring averages from the overall competition).
7. No entry will be eligible if it has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment. All images submitted must be self-directed. Images created in an educational environment under direct supervision from an instructor are ineligible.
8. NEW: Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different. (Background, location, clothing, and concept).
9. Entry media includes only digital files.
10. Guide images, must be included on the submitted digital canvas.

REGISTRATION
Registration opens in February. All registration takes place at: printcompetition.com

ARTIST COMPETITION CATEGORIES
You must designate one of the below categories for each entry.

Creative Open (Artist)
Restoration

DIGITAL SUBMISSION

– Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4000 pixels. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. In most cases, total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files will be accepted when necessary so long are they are JPG/10.
– Files are to be named, Image 1.JPG (No underscores or special characters)

DEADLINES AND FEES

– Entry Deadline is 9:00pm CDT., March 27, 2020.

-TPPA is holding three competitions: Photographic Open Competition, Artist Competition and Wedding Competition. Entrants may enter up to eight entries in each compeition.

-Entry Fee is $15 per image.

-Entries include digital entries only.

– $10.00 per image for image critiques. Please allow 4 weeks following the completion of the competition.

Check out the entire list of awards from the TPPA Annual Photographic Competition.

Note: Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of entry. The decision of the TPPA Photographic Competition Chairman is final.

 

Artist Competition Rules2019-09-20T13:47:49-05:00

Wedding Competition Rules

Please review thoroughly!
Please Note:
The TPPA Annual Photographic Competition is open to all photographers, however, only TPPA Members are eligible for trophies and awards. Please log in to our TPPA Member Services site and confirm your membership in TPPA. Through this competition, TPPA members are also eligible for trophies, ribbons, and TPPA Fellowship Points.

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter digital photographic images or digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. (For more information, go to PPA.com/IPC.) In addition to the twelve elements, for an image to be merit worthy in the wedding competition, additional evaluation may be considered for the entries that illustrate the personality of the subject or subjects and the story of the wedding as well as the artistic and technical skills of the image maker. Judges will keep in mind that the maker has limited control over many aspects of a wedding. For example: subject matter, environment and time of day. Ultimately, additional consideration may be given to the maker for technically and artistically executing at a merit level in spite of challenges involved at an actual wedding.

Images and all elements of an image in the Wedding Competition must be created during the time constraints of the actual event. Images not created during the time constraints of the actual event may be entered in the TPPA’s Photographic Open competition. The entrant or entrants must have captured all elements of the final submission from that wedding. Images in the Wedding competition should reflect the personality or personalities of the subject(s) or the story of the wedding as well as the personality, artistic and technical skills of the image maker. Images should include some kind of visual wedding reference(s). The original captured image (in RAW, jpg or film) must be available if requested by the TPPA Photographic Competition committee.

    1. All entries must be registered at www.printcompetition.com.
    2. Entrants may only submit digital files for judging.
    3. Entrants are required to upload a digital file for each image entered.
    4. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.
    5. Entrants do not need to be TPPA members to compete in the Wedding Competition, however, only TPPA members are eligible for trophies and awards.
    6. Images which are entered into PPA’s District Competition are also eligible for the TPPA Annual Competition provided the images are submitted to TPPA’s competition by June 1, prior to the start of the District Competition.
    7. Once an image has been awarded a score of 80 or above in PPA District or IPC competition, or any previous TPPA Annual Photographic Competition, it may not be entered into the TPPA Annual Competition. This includes any image from an album scoring 80 or higher.

ELIGIBILITY

  1. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure or exposures.
  2. All processing, manipulation and printing or rendering, were done by the entrant or under their direct supervision.
  3. The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold TPPA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of TPPA’s display, publication and promotion or other use of each image submitted to TPPA.
  4. The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.
  5. A maximum of eight entries is allowed in the Wedding Competition.
  6. A minimum of 4 entries is required to be considered for the Top Wedding Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the Wedding Competition) and the Top 10 in Texas Award (Top 10 scoring averages from the overall competition). Each album counts as one entry and album scores are included in overall case scores.
  7. No entry will be eligible if it has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment. All images submitted must be self-directed. Images created in an educational environment under direct supervision from an instructor are ineligible
  8. Any entry that has been created from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be judged, accepted or displayed. If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the TPPA Photographic Competition Chairman, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall not be displayed or published.
  9. Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different concepts.
  10. Entry media includes digital files, and digital albums.

REGISTRATION

Registration opens in February. All registration takes place at: www.printcompetition.com.

WEDDING COMPETITION CATEGORIES

You must designate one of the below categories for each entry.

  • WEDDING OPEN: Images eligible in the Wedding Open category must be created during the time constraints of the actual event.
  • WEDDING ALBUM: All images included in the Wedding Album must be created during the time constraints of the actual wedding event. You may enter as a single maker or a multi-maker; (2) photographers creating a minimum of twenty images each from the same wedding.

DIGITAL SUBMISSION

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

  1. Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4000 pixels. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. In most cases, total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files will be accepted when necessary so long are they are JPG/10.
  2. Files are to be named, Image 1.JPG No underscores or special characters

DIGITAL ALBUM ENTRY

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

All albums must be submitted in digital form

  1. All page/spread files must have the longest file dimension at 4000 pixels, have an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10.
  2. Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
  3. An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.
  4. Files are to be numbered in viewing order using two digits, i.e. 01 jpg, 02 jpg, 03 jpg, etc.
  5. All individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file must be named: Album Title.zip (e.g. Summer Wedding.zip).
  6. Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.
  7. Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.

VIEWING CONDITIONS FOR IMAGE REVIEW

For color management help, see Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

  • Digital Files: Monitor Settings, D65, 120 cd/m2, 2.20 gamma

DEADLINES AND FEES

– Entry Deadline is 9:00pm CDT., March 27, 2020.

-TPPA is holding three competitions: Photographic Open Competition, Artist Competition and Wedding Competition. Entrants may enter up to eight entries in each competition.

-Entry Fee is $15 per image.

-Entries include any combination of digital entries and digital album entries.

– $10.00 per image for image critiques. Please allow 4 weeks following the completion of the competition.

– Check out the entire list of awards from the TPPA Annual Photographic Competition.

Note: Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of entry. The decision of the TPPA Photographic Competition Chairman is final.

 

 

Wedding Competition Rules2019-09-20T13:45:59-05:00

Photographic Open Competition Rules

Please review thoroughly!
Please Note:
The TPPA Annual Photographic Competition is open to all photographers, however, only TPPA Members are eligible for trophies and awards. Please log in to our TPPA Member Services site and confirm your membership in TPPA.

The purpose of the Photographic Open Competition is to allow photographers to enter digital photographic images and digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Through this competition, TPPA members are also eligible for trophies, ribbons, and TPPA Fellowship Points.

These rules pertain to images entered as digital files created by traditional photographic processes as well as those captured electronically with a digital camera or scanner:

1. All entries must be registered at www.printcompetition.com.
2. Entrants may only submit digital files for judging.
3. Entrants are required to upload a digital file for each image entered.
4. No changes to your entry are permitted once the entry deadline has passed. No refunds will be issued after the entry fee is paid.
5. Images which are entered into PPA’s District Competition are also eligible for the TPPA Annual Competition provided the images are submitted to TPPA’s competition by June 1, prior to the start of the District Competition.
6. Once an image has been awarded a score of 80 or above in PPA District or IPC competition, or any previous TPPA Annual Photographic Competition, it may not be entered into the TPPA Annual Competition. This includes any image from an album scoring 80 or higher.
7. Entrants do not need to be TPPA members to compete in the Photographic Open Competition, however, only TPPA members are eligible for trophies and awards.

ELIGIBILITY

1. Entrant must have captured and created the original exposure or exposures.
2. All processing, manipulation and printing or rendering, were done by the entrant or under their direct supervision.
3. The entrant has obtained and has access to all necessary releases (model or property) and agrees to hold TPPA harmless against all claims and liabilities arising out of TPPA’s display, publication and promotion or other use of each image submitted to TPPA.
4. The entrant’s name shall not appear anywhere in or on the face of the entry.
5. Entrants may enter more than one case.
6. A maximum of eight entries is allowed in the Photographic Open Competition.
7. A minimum of 4 entries is required to be considered for the Top Photographic Open Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the PO Competition) and the Top 10 in Texas Award (Top 10 scoring averages from the overall competition). Album scores are included in overall case scores.
8. No entry will be eligible if it has been made under the supervision of an instructor or as a class assignment. All images submitted must be self-directed. Images created in an educational environment under direct supervision from an instructor are ineligible.
9. Any entry that has been created from an existing photograph, portrait, graphic or any other artwork produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be judged, accepted or displayed. (*Please see new Creative Open category for exceptions) If an entry, in the good-faith opinion of the TPPA Photographic Competition Chairman, violates copyright, trademark or any other applicable law, that entry shall be disqualified.
10. New: Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different. (Background, location, clothing, and concept).
11. Entry media includes digital files, and digital albums.

REGISTRATION
Registration opens in February. All registration takes place at: www.printcompetition.com.

PHOTOGRAPHIC OPEN COMPETITION CATEGORIES
You must designate one of the below categories for each entry.

PORTRAIT: Consists of portrait or wedding images.
ILLUSTRATIVE: Consists of commercial/industrial images, scenics, pictorials, digital paintings and similar subject matter. Portraits and weddings are not appropriate for this category.
*CREATIVE OPEN: (NEW) Consists of images that have additional elements not created by the maker. All elements not created by the maker must be shown in a guide image. (All the other PO rules still apply with the exception that you may have addition elements in your image not created by the maker. These elements must be shown in a guide image. The purpose of this new category is to allow makers to enter some of their everyday images that may contain digital background or other elements that were previously not allowed. You will still need to have all releases necessary. The jurors will be instructed to evaluate the entire image but the elements that were created by the maker must still be merit worthy as well as the overall image.)
ALBUM: albums consist of social events, such bar mitzvahs, etc. or albums of portrait and storytelling albums.
MULTI‐MAKER EVENT ALBUM: Images in the album must be the work of the entrants (up to three), with a minimum of 20 images per entrant. Each entrant must individually enter the competition and pay appropriate entry fees. Multi‐maker albums will be judged as one entry.

DIGITAL SUBMISSION

– Files must be sized so the longest dimension is 4000 pixels. Each file must contain an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and be saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10. In most cases, total file size should not exceed 3.5 MB. Larger files will be accepted when necessary so long are they are JPG/10.
– Files are to be named, Image 1.JPG No underscores or special characters

DIGITAL ALBUM ENTRY

See Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

All albums must be submitted in digital form

  1. All page/spread files must have the longest file dimension at 4000 pixels, have an embedded color profile of either sRGB or Adobe RGB1998 and saved at a JPEG quality setting of 10.
  2. Each page/spread file may contain as many images as you desire.
  3. An entry shall contain a minimum of 5 page/spread files up to 36 page/spread files.
  4. Files are to be numbered in viewing order using two digits, i.e. 01 jpg, 02 jpg, 03 jpg, etc.
  5. All individual files must be compressed into a single ZIP file. ZIP file must be named: Album Title.zip (e.g. Summer Wedding.zip).
  6. Studio identification or entrant’s name cannot appear on any file within the album entry.
  7. Each entrant must use the same title when entering a multi‐maker album.

VIEWING CONDITIONS FOR IMAGE REVIEW

For color management help, see Video Tutorial: PPA.com/IPC_tutorials

  • Digital Files: Monitor Settings, D65, 120 cd/m2, 2.20 gamma

DEADLINES AND FEES

– Entry Deadline is 9:00pm CDT, March 27, 2020.

-TPPA is holding three competitions: Photographic Open Competition, Artist Competition and Wedding Competition. Entrants may enter up to eight entries in each competition.

-Entry Fee is $15 per image.

-Entries include any combination of digital entries and digital album entries.

– $10.00 per image for image critiques. Please allow 4 weeks following the completion of the competition.

Check out the entire list of awards from the TPPA Annual Photographic Competition.

Note: Failure to comply with these rules may result in disqualification of entry. The decision of the TPPA Photographic Competition Chairman is final.

 

Photographic Open Competition Rules2019-09-20T13:47:17-05:00

Big Changes for 2020

TPPA has three competitions which include the Photographic Open Competition, the Artist Competition and the Wedding Competition. Entrants may now enter a maximum of eight entries in each of the Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding competitions.

The Photographic Open Competition serves those who compete with digital images created by traditional photographic processes as well as those captured electronically with a digital camera or scanner.

The Master Artist Competition serves those who compete with their skills in the PPA Master Artist Category using digital files.

The Wedding Competition allows photographers to enter digital files or digital albums to be judged against a standard of excellence using the 12 Elements of a Merit Image. Images and all elements of an image in the Wedding Competition must be created during the time constraints of the actual event.

The 2019 edition of the Annual TPPA Photographic Competition has undergone some changes in the rules and awards. Here are the important highlights:

  • New for 2019: The Annual TPPA Photographic Competition will not be judging physical prints for 2019. Only digital entries will be accepted for this year’s judging.
  • New Wedding Competition: TPPA proudly follows the lead of PPA by offering a new Wedding Competition for images and albums that were created within the time constraints of an actual wedding.
  • New for 2019: A new Creative Open category under the Photographic Open Competition was created to allow images that have additional elements not created by the maker. Please note: all elements NOT created by the maker must be shown as a guide image.
  • New for 2019: Entries of the same subject in multiple images will be allowed, as long as the images are entirely different. (Background, location, clothing, and concept).
  • Multiple Albums may be entered: In the past, we only allowed one album entry, but we are now allowing multiple albums to be entered in the Photographic Open or the Wedding Competitions. Each album will count as “one entry” in its respective competition.
  • New for 2019: Entrants can now enter a maximum of eight entries in each of our Competitions: Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding. This will give members a chance to gain feedback on additional images and to compete for newly created awards.
  • New for 2019: We have moved to an entry fee of only $15 “per entry”.

COMPETITION AWARD PINS
We offer Competition Award pins to recognize photographers who have entries scoring 80 or above based on the following:
♦ Bronze – 4 entries scoring 80 or above in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Silver – 5 entries scoring 80 or above in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Gold – 6 entries scoring 80 or above in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Platinum – 7 entries scoring 80 or above in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)
♦ Diamond – 8 entries scoring 80 or above in a single competition (Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)

 

Three new Competition Awards have been added
Top Photographic Open Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the PO Competition)
Top Artist Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the Artist Competition)
Top Wedding Entries Award (Highest scoring average with a minimum of 4 entries in the Wedding Competition)

New “Top 10” Awards
♦ Top 10 in Texas Award (Top 10 scoring averages from the overall competition. Requires a minimum of 4 entries in at least one of the three competitions: Photographic Open, Artist or Wedding)

Entering the Competitions

– Entry Deadline is 9:00pm CDT., March 27, 2020.

-Entry Fee is $15 per entry. (Entries include any combination of digital entries and digital album entries.)

Check out the entire list of awards from the TPPA Annual Photographic Competition.

Recorded Critiques
You can now order a recorded judge’s critique for $10 per image requested. This is a great way to get personal feedback for your images.

 

Big Changes for 20202019-09-20T13:46:40-05:00

EDUCATION: Foundations Weekend

Four Classes in one packed weekend.

DFW – March 7-8
College Station – July

“Foundations Weekend”
Steve Kozak, Instructor

When:
Time: Sat. 9:30am – 9pm / Sun. 9:30-5:00
Location:

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TPPA invites you to join Steve Kozak for four awesome photography classes. These classes will help you get the most out of your camera, flash and Photoshop. This is a weekend that you don’t want to miss.

The cost is only $249 for all four classes! You save $147!

 

 

Quit Using Your Camera on Program!

This is Steve’s all-time most popular class as it has helped thousands of photographers gain the upper hand in operating their camera. Once you learn to master your camera, you can create your vision and develop your own style. That is why Steve begins with teaching the fundamentals – F-stops and Shutter Speeds. Think of it as learning the names of the white keys and the black keys on the piano. Knowing which ones to use is how you are able to play your favorite song – or in this case, take a great photo.

The image at left was created by using F2.8@250.

F2.8 provides a shallow depth of field while the 1/250 speed arrests the movement of her hair blowing in the wind.

But what if you wanted a different look? Suppose you wanted a sharper background and to capture the softness of her hair?

By using F16@1/8, we get exactly what we envisioned. F16 provides
a large depth of field and 1/8 allows us to capture the movement of her hair in the wind.

 

 

 

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Gaining control over your camera also allows you to gain control over exposures. When using the camera set to “P”, “T” or “A”, the camera has no way to know the photographer’s intent when it comes to exposure. All it can do is average the overall scene. The problem is, many scenes are simply not “average” – scenes that include a sky or an area with a lot of shade, for example.

In the image at left, the cliffs are actually in shade and the sky is a brilliant blue. But using the “A” setting yielded the image at left.

 

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By moving to manual (M), and selecting an exposure for just the sky area in the image, the result is an image that fulfills the photographer’s interpretation of the scene as he witnessed it.

This class is all about gaining confidence and mastery over your camera. Quit guessing and take control!

Class: “Quit Using Your Camera On Program”
When: Saturday, August 20, 9:30am-1:30pm


Fundamental of Flash Photography

Images taken with a flash set to eTTL are a shot in the dark. Allowing the camera and flash to make exposure decisions will usually wind up costing you a lot more time trying to fix bad images.

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In the image at left, the flash on eTTL “read” the couple’s black shirt and interpreted the scene as “dark”. This mistake caused the couple to be hit hard with the flash and the background to go dark.

 

fl22By controlling your flash and camera in manual mode, you are able to place the perfect amount of light on the subject and get complete control of the background!

 

Photographers need to have a working understanding of flash photography. If your idea of controlling your flash is to use TTL, then you are simply not in control of your exposure.

 

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Working in an environment with a bright background requires balancing the flash to the background. If you don’t use a flash in this situation, the background will completely blow out or the subject will be too dark.

fl29By manually setting the flash to the exposure of the background, you get a well exposed background and a happy bride!

Flash photography should be subtle but sufficient. It should be controlled enough to barely notice it, but strong enough to provide proper illumination.

During “Fundamentals Of Flash” you will learn how to get your flash exposures perfect every time! You will also learn advanced techniques such as bounce flash, fill flash and dragging the shutter.

Class: “Fundamentals of Flash Photography”
When: Saturday, August 20, 2016, 2:30pm-6:00pm


RAW Workflow

RAW“Orange” is NOT an Acceptable Skin Color! I can’t tell you how many websites I have visited or how many times I have seen images posted on Facebook that have such bad color, I wonder how anyone can take the photographer seriously.

Photographers utilize a RAW workflow to drastically cut down their time spent on the computer editing images. Adobe Camera RAW provides a sophisticated tool to correct color shifts and to provide exposure and creative control.

This class will introduce you to using RAW capture and Adobe Camera RAW for processing images to a professional quality. This can be taken by users of Photoshop and Photoshop Elements. A free trial version is available for those who do not own Photoshop. Find out what you have been missing!

Class: “RAW Workflow”
When: Saturday, August 20, 2016, 7:00pm-9:00pm


 

“Unleash the Power of Photoshop”

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Aren’t they adorable? Some client’s tell me I make children and family portraits look easy. The truth is, I give myself every opportunity to succeed. That is why when I could not get all three of these sweet little angels to cooperate, I made it happen with a little Photoshop magic.

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I used a couple of separate images with compatible posing and I got exactly what I needed.

 

This class takes you through the basics of Photoshop software and the skills that you will need to finish your images like a pro. We will cover the basic tools of Photoshop, and working with layers.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

From removing blemishes to blending skin tones, you will learn how to retouch with flawless results. This class will help you harness the power of this amazing software and have you finishing your images like a pro!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

 

 

Steve will teach you how to use “Photoshop” to:
•Remove blemishes and retouch complexions without looking plastic
•Use layers and layer masks to control the look of an image
•Create images with “select color”
•Add borders and create mats with color, textures and images
•Swap heads and add people to images
•Create dramatic images by replacing boring skies
•Add and remove elements to an image to enhance its visual strength
•Use Actions to speed up production time and how to write your own

Bring your computer loaded with Photoshop CS3 or higher, or Photoshop Elements 10. A free trial is available. Call for details.

When: Sunday, August 21, 9:30am – 5:00pm.


classps“Take the Entire Weekend and Save!

This exciting weekend of classes includes, “Quit Using Your Camera On Program”, “Fundamentals of Flash Photography”, “RAW Workflow” and “Unleash The Power Of Photoshop”. Individual registration for all four classes is $396, but thanks to our friends at Arlington Camera, you can register for the entire weekend for only $249 when you register before August 10.

All classes will be taught in Grand Prairie near I20 and Hwy. 360. Exact location will be provided upon registration. For more details or to register by phone, call 972.601.9070. Space is limited and preregistration is required.

972-601-9070

Schedule:

Saturday, August 20
9:30AM …………….Quit Using Program
1PM – 2PM…………Lunch on your own
2PM-6PM………..Fundamentals of Flash 6PM-7PM………….Dinner on your own
7PM – 9PM………..RAW Workflow

Sunday, August 21
9AM – 9:30…………..Computer set up
9:30 – Noon…………Photoshop Class
Noon – 1PM…………..Lunch on your own
1PM – 5:00PM……………Workshop Continues

* This is a ticketed event with limited seating. There are no refunds or exchanges for unused tickets. All sales are final.

EDUCATION: Foundations Weekend2019-09-20T09:55:11-05:00

EDUCATION: Get PPA Certified!

Two-Day CPP Study Class

DFW – February
Conroe – May
San Marcos – November

We would like to see you get certified and we are going to help you!

Join Steve Kozak for an exciting two-day prep class to help you prepare for taking the “Certified Professional Photographer” exam. Steve is not only a “PPA Approved CPP Instructor”, he is also the author of the “Preparing for PPA Certification” study guide.

CPP WB 1-29-16 Edit.pubThis live class takes you step by step through the curriculum as presented in the CPP Test Specifications as presented by PPA.

Steve’s relaxed teaching style helps you absorb the material without making you feel overwhelmed. His conversational approach to teaching the concepts have made him a popular instructor and speaker.

This two-day prep class will help you gain confidence in your knowledge of the concepts and your ability to take on the exam with a whole new outlook.

Registration for the class includes two full days of review over the material with plenty of time for asking questions and clarification.

Registration also includes an instant download of the “Preparing for PPA Certification” Study Guide.

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This study guide addresses each of the topics covered on the CPP Test Specifications provided by PPA. It is written in easy to understand language that feels more conversational – not technical.

The guide is created in color and is filled with illustrations and images to support the process of learning the material and preparing for the test.

 

The book is available for immediate download in full resolution so that you can print it yourself or simply download it to your computer, iPad, tablet or smart phone.

Registration also includes a two-year Premium Membership with access to seven practice exams that can be taken online. Tests include an “overall” test featuring questions from the entire set of test specifications as well as individual tests from each of the six separate topics.

The cost for the class, the instant download of the book and the Premium Membership which includes 7 practice tests is only $179 for TPPA Members.

Exact location will be provided upon registration.

Register Now: Only $179

EDUCATION: Get PPA Certified!2019-09-19T16:30:36-05:00

TPPA Annual Image Competition

The TPPA Annual Image Competition is

San Antonio – March 28, 2020

The purpose of this competition is to allow photographers to enter photographic images to be judged against a Standard of Excellence and to assist the entrants in preparation for PPA District or International Photographic Competition.

TPPA has made some BIG changes for 2020, so be sure you check this out!

The 12 Elements of a Merit Image (For more information, go to www.ppa.com/ipc.) will be used in accessing each image and applying a final score.

Through this competition, TPPA members are also eligible for awards and TPPA Points that count toward the Associate and Full Fellowship Degrees within TPPA.

The TPPA Executive Council is committed to creating excellence for TPPA members. One recent example of this commitment is the approval and purchase of an IPC caliber station for judging digital entries at the Annual TPPA Photographic Competition in San Antonio. This station includes three judging monitors, a dedicated computer and software to run the competition and the ability to project the images being judged onto a big screen for the audience to see.

This investment will serve the interests of our TPPA members. TPPA believes in the value of photographic competition to help build stronger artists and more profitable members. We take pride in using only Approved Jurors from IPCC and those who have attended the judging school at IPC who are working to become approved jurors. This makes the TPPA Photographic Competition a tough competition. Yet, it gives you the best feedback we can deliver on your images before you submit them onto district and IPC competitions.

Winning an award in Texas is a big deal and one you can be proud of. We encourage you to start preparing now to enter your images in the Annual TPPA Photographic Competition in San Antonio on March 28.

Check out BIG changes in the Annual TPPA Photographic Competition by clicking here!

 

TPPA Annual Image Competition2019-09-19T19:33:43-05:00

EVENT: AT&T Stadium Photo Shoot

March XX, 2020

This is an unprecedented opportunity to photograph inside AT&T Stadium. This landmark home of the Dallas Cowboys has granted an extraordinary exception to I-Heart Photography participants to photograph throughout the stadium without the usual camera and lens restrictions.

Join our “coach” as he takes you throughout the stadium to help you find the best images, the best angles and the best exposures. Prefer to discover your own images in your own way? Your coach will help you as little or as much as you want.

This is not the usual tour of the stadium, this is truly a photo session with rare access throughout. Bring your camera and a tripod and be prepared to come away with some breathtaking images.

 

Location: AT&T Stadium in Arlington

Meet the Host:

Larry Lourcey
Since earning his Bachelor of Arts in 1992, continuing education has always been a priority for Larry. Countless art classes and photography workshops have helped to mold his style and technique. His work encompasses a broad range of styles- from fun, whimsical black and whites to elegant, traditional portraiture. He is also a talented painter, with a rich style inspired by artists like Pina Daeni and John Singer Sargent. His work has been featured in everything from the “Painter Wow” books to the cover of Professional Photographer Magazine. He has had several images included in the PPA Loan Collection, earning him the Imaging Excellence Award in 2013. He has also been a finalist in the Grand Imaging Awards.

EVENT: AT&T Stadium Photo Shoot2019-09-08T21:35:19-05:00