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Texas School of Professional Photography

One week that will change your career.

The Texas School of Professional Photography is unlike any other photo education out there.

What makes it different is the fact that you spend the entire week with one instructor in one class.  This provides you with a deep-dive into that instructor’s world in how they approach the craft.

Texas School offers 36 classes with a wide range of studies from a host of world-class instructors. Texas School is NOT a showcase of speakers where you sit and listen for 90 minutes with 1500 others in a ballroom.  Instead, you spend 5 days with your chosen instructor in a small class environment where you get hands-on with the latest gear and photograph models or work on your images or build your marketing assets.

Texas School is also unique in that it balances an intense week of study with a healthy dose of fun.  You work all day, but the evenings are for networking with photographers and vendors, letting your hair down on the dance floor, getting together in small groups to share ideas and ask questions or practicing the new skills you learned during the week.  No matter how you spend your evenings, you are immersed in the world that is Texas School and the culture of success.  All evening entertainment and all evening meals are included with your tuition.

Texas School features the largest photographic Trade Show in the south with over 60 vendors.  This incredible turnout of industry professionals will help you prepare for success  and adds value to your Texas School experience.

To learn more about Texas School and to find out why it is “The Best Little Photography School in the World, visit TexasSchool.org.

 

 

Texas School of Professional Photography2019-09-18T13:37:18-05:00

EVENT: Road Trip to Red River New Mexico

Join Alison Carlino and Steve and Jacqueline Kozak as they host this awesome road trip to Red River in northern New Mexico.

Part workshop, part photo walk and part vacation, this trip promises to be an experience of fun for photographers and families.

Red River is a mountain town located in the lush Carson National Forest about 30 minutes north of Taos. The summer temps are glorious and the location is perfect for any number of day trips for exploring the history and scenic beauty of New Mexico.

Our itinerary is full of opportunities to photograph in this diverse region.  From mountain forest to desert landscapes and from exploring historic Taos on foot to high mountain vistas by train, this adventure has more than enough to keep you photographing at every turn.

Sunday – We will spend most of the day in and around Red River photographing the sights around town. You will find beautiful images of the flowers, humming birds, architecture and the river.  We will also gather nearby for some natural light portrait tips and a short program to help you get more out of your camera.

Time permitting, we will also photograph the beautiful Palisades and tour the Vietnam War Memorial.

After dinner, we will visit the Wild Rivers Scenic Area for some edgy photographs (pun intended) and stay up late for some night sky photography with the help of Alison Carlino.

Monday – We will make a short drive over to Taos to experience the Taos Pueblo. The multi-storied adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years. You will also see the San Geronimo Chapel which was completed in 1850.  Enjoy a little shopping or getting a tasty treat at any of the quaint little shops located in the Pueblo.

Adult admission: $16 per person
Students (11 and up, includes college with ID): $14 per person
Children 10 and under: Free

Then, it is off to downtown Taos for lunch and a walking tour for photographs of its beautiful architecture. We will also take a short drive to the Rio Grand Gorge Bridge and visit the historic San Francisco De Asis Church.

Tuesday – We get up bright an early for a drive to Antonito where we will board the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad.  This memorable trip takes you through a diverse landscape with some of the most beautiful views of Northern New Mexico and Southern Colorado.

Once on the train, you can make your way to the open air car and photograph from either side of the train.  You will enjoy listening to the docents explain the history and the stories of the landscapes.  The train arrives in Osier, CO where you will enjoy a wonderful lunch with all the trimmings plus dessert, before you board the train to make the return trip.

This is such a wonderful experience and will be fun for the entire family.

Ticket prices for the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad:
CLASSIC COACH CAR: ADULT: $99.75
CHILD: $49.75 (ages 2-12)

Image by Bill Hedrick

EVENT: Road Trip to Red River New Mexico2019-09-20T17:28:41-05:00

I Heart Photography Conference and Expo

Grapevine Convention Center.

We know you LOVE photography. That is why we hope to see you at the I Heart Photography Conference and Expo October 11-13 at the Grapevine Convention Center.

The I Heart Photography Conference features three days of programming for photographers of all skill levels and with a wide range of interests.

In addition to the regular conference programs, we have a lineup of “hands on” Excursions that take place on Friday. Bring your camera and be prepared to work side by side with a coach who will guide you through the process of creating outstanding images.

The Expo at I Heart Photography is open Saturday and Sunday and is free with your registration. Can’t make the conference this year? Read on to find out how you can get a Free “Expo Only” pass from Arlington Camera.
Registration for the conference is $139.

From landscape photography to pet portraits and from sports action to concert photography – we have your interests covered. We even have a trade show with industry leaders such at Canon, Sony, Panasonic, Tamron and more.
Grab your ticket and join us October 11-13 at the Grapevine Convention Center.  Learn more.

I Heart Photography Conference and Expo2019-09-18T13:42:22-05:00

EVENT: Holiday Lighting

Abilene – December 2
Austin – December 5
College Station – December 7
El Paso – December 7
Grapevine – December 7
Houston – December 10
Lubbock – December 10
San Antonio – December 10
Waco – December 12

 

We are going to have an evening of fun, photography and hot chocolate.

City Nights and Holiday Lights!
Steve Kozak, Instructor

When: Tuesday December 8, 2015
Time: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost: $49

Join Steve Kozak on Tuesday, December 8 from 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM in the heart of downtown Grapevine for an evening of night photography and holiday cheer with this hands-on workshop. “City Nights and Holiday Lights” is designed to help photographers learn about how to capture great images at night and techniques for capturing holiday lighting displays

 

5061About the Workshop:

Photographers will meet in downtown Grapevine and Steve will begin by discussing some tips and techniques for taking night photographs. Participants will receive notes which will provide some suggested exposures for many unique lighting situations. After the short discussion, participants will walk through the streets of Grapevine to photograph the spectacular lighting and decorations throughout the city.

 

 

 

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Steve will discuss the importance of proper white balancing to produce accurate, vivid colors in your night images.

This image was captured with the camera set to Auto White Balance.

This image was captured with the camera set to Auto White Balance.

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This image was taken with the camera set to manual white balance.

Notice the two images at left. The first image was taken with the “white balance” setting on the camera set to AWB. The result is an orange overtone that dilutes the color of the display.

With the white balance setting on the “incandescent light bulb” setting, the image is now recorded with much more accuracy to the colors used in the display. Steve will share how to use the icons on the white balance settings as well as using the K setting for even more accurate color!

 

 

IMG_3476He will also discuss the proper metering and measurement of light when photographing a building that is being lit with floodlights and a building that is decorated with holiday lighting.

What to bring:
Tripod
Monopod (optional)
Small pin light flashlight
Wide angle lens (17mm to 28mm)
Warm gloves and hat

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This workshop is sure to raise your skills as a photographer and the quality of your images as you discover:

  • Capturing great exposures for night photography
  • Getting the color right in night images
  • How adding flash to your night images can create interesting effects
  • What to avoid in taking night time images
  • Creating interesting special effects with night time images
  • and much more.

Cost: $49

 

Schedule:
Tuesday, December 8th
5:30 ………….Meet in designated area in Grapevine
7:30…………..Break for A warm beverage
9:30…………..Workshop Ends

 

EVENT: Holiday Lighting2019-09-19T11:55:57-05:00

EDUCATION: Pet Photography

Practical Tips for Successful Pet Photography
Hosted by Margaret Bryant

EDUCATION: Pet Photography2019-09-19T16:05:06-05:00

EDUCATION: The Secrets to Success When Turning Pro

Merely owning a camera does not make one a photographer any more than owning a pencil makes one a poet. A successful career in professional photography is built upon a foundation of lighting, posing and sound business practices. Simply put, Steve Kozak teaches photographers how to become successful!

What would it mean to you and your family if you could get your photography business operating at a high level of success? If you are new to professional photography, or if you are considering portrait or wedding photography as a career, then this class is where it all begins. If you have been in business for a while but you are finding it hard to make it all work, do not miss this class! If you are self-taught, chances are good that you really don’t know what it is you don’t know. This class will open your eyes, heart and mind to building your career by design rather than by default.

EDUCATION: The Secrets to Success When Turning Pro2019-09-19T16:07:35-05:00

EDUCATION: Lighting for Sales

Join Cris and Deana Duncan at Texas School

 

Photography is a beautiful blend of art and science.  It is taking a vision in your head and then knowing the recipe to create it in the camera.

EDUCATION: Lighting for Sales2019-09-19T16:08:53-05:00