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Street Portraits Workshop

San Antonio
Saturday, May 23, 2020
8am to 5pm

One Soul at a Time: A Path to Capture the Essence of a Human
Hosted by Dennis Kelley, CPP

Ever wondered how someone became homeless or ended up living on the streets?  What’s their story and how many hands have touched their soul before their defining moment?  Follow Dennis as he teaches his philosophy on capturing unique story-telling imagery of homeless people. Discovering how to capture and tell a person’s untold story can be a challenge to yourself, both socially and mentally. As a photographer and artist, creating an image in which the viewer will feel the hardships of the subject can be even more challenging. Learning to challenge yourself is a critical process in taking your photography to new heights.

In this workshop, you will be guided to find your inner extrovert in an unforgettable experience of living and breathing photography on the streets in the culturally diverse San Antonio, Texas. In addition to the philosophical aspect, you will also learn about ethical boundaries and the legal aspects of street photography. Dennis will show you how to safely approach and interact with strangers to effectively capture their story. You will also learn what should be in your gear pack to give you character-defining light and much more. Everyone has an untold story… it is our job as artists to reveal the soul.

Dennis will cover:

  • Extracting the story/character development
  • Boundaries/Legal aspects of street photography
  • Essential gear
  • Approach & interaction
  • Character-defining lighting techniques

TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $129
“Join and Go” Registration – $184

 

 

Location:
10828 Gulfdale St., San Antonio, TX 78216

Meet TPPA Member, Dennis Kelley, CPP
Dennis Kelley is an award-winning, published professional photographer who lives in San Antonio, Texas. He loves all genres of photography but focuses mostly on sports and wildlife photography.

When Dennis was a child, his father worked as a photographer for the National Weather Service in Oklahoma.  His father’s stories and images spurred his interest in photography. After growing up using film cameras and many hours in the darkroom, Dennis originally pursued photography as a hobby after entering the police academy. After 20+ successful years in law enforcement, Dennis decided to retire and continue his pursuit of photography as a full-time professional. Dennis enjoys volunteering his time to several organizations, teaching others, and is always looking for the opportunity to capture the true beauty of nature and life. When not behind the lens, Dennis enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, music, and his greatest treasure… his 13-year-old son.

Dennis’ work has been recognized at local and state print competitions, being awarded the “Texas Top 10” for consecutive years.  His work has also been accepted into the prestigious PPA “Loan Collection,” been awarded the PPA Gold and Silver Photographer of the Year, and a Grand Imaging Awards (GIA) finalist.

Dennis currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Photographers of San Antonio and is the Organizer of Capture San Antonio Photography. He is also an adjunct professor at the University of the Incarnate Word. He earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas State University and a Master of Science from Sam Houston State University.

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Road Trip to Red River New Mexico

June 21-23, 2020
Explore the Enchantment of Northern New Mexico

Registration only $149 for TPPA Members

 

PLEASE NOTE:  Lodging at Lifts West, only has one room left for arrival on June 21st.  If this works for you – grab it now!

Otherwise, Red River has a wide assortment of lodging from a few hotel rooms to a number of condos and homes.  Here is a link to a number of possibilities.  We suggest set your arrival for June 19 or 20 and set your check out for June 24 or 25.

Join Alison Carlino and Steve and Jacqueline Kozak as they host this unique 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.  TPPA has partnered with the Professional Photographers Association of New Mexico to bring you this very special event.

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.

©Alison Carlino

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.

©Steve Kozak

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.

©Bill Hedrick

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 complete the trip to Chama.  After arriving in Chama, we will board a bus which will take us back to Antonito.

Click here to watch a feature story on this great adventure from CBS News.

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

There are a variety of trips and options to choose from.  Our group trip will be:

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Antonito to Chama by train / return to Antonito by motor coach 10:00am – 5:30pm

Ticket prices for the Cumbres and Toltec Railroad Using our code, TPPA
*CLASSIC COACH CAR: ADULT: $95.50
CHILD: $47.52 (ages 2-12)

Use the code TPPA when you purchase online or by phone.

*You may elect to upgrade your car service from Classic Coach to Premium Parlor Car or Deluxe Tourist Car for an additional cost.

Book your Train Tickets online
Use the code TPPA when you purchase online or by phone.

Lodging Details

LEASE NOTE:  Lodging at Lifts West, only has one room left for arrival on June 21st.  If this works for you – grab it now!

Otherwise, Red River has a wide assortment of lodging from a few hotel rooms to a number of condos and homes.  Here is a link to a number of possibilities.  We suggest set your arrival for June 19 or 20 and set your check out for June 24 or 25.

We will be headquartered at the Lifts West Condominium Hotel in downtown Red River.  Lifts West offers a wide range of lodging options from hotel rooms to three bedroom condos with full kitchens.  We have arranged a nice discount on rental rates when you call 575-754-2778 and use the code, TPPA.  These discounted rates are not available with online booking.  You must call in to secure your reservation and these rates.

Type of Room / Discounted Rate
Hotel Room     $67 plus tax/night
1 Bedroom Condo   $117/night
2 Bedroom Condo   $150/night
3 Bedroom Condo   $170/night

You may also elect to find lodging on your own.

Registration

TPPA Member Registration $149
Non-Member Registration $199
“Join and Go” Registration $244

 

 

 

 

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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.

 

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Two-Day CPP Study Class

Two-Day CPP Study Class

San Marcos – September 11-12
Friday, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 4:00 PM

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.

This 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.

TPPA Member Registration – $129
Non-Member Registration – $159
“Join and Go” Registration – $224

Registration for this class also includes a $30 savings on an instant download of Steve’s, “Preparing for PPA Certification” Study Guide.  The guide is optional and not required for registration for the class.

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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.

Purchase of the study guide also includes a two-year Premium Membership to PassTheCPP.com 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 instant download of the book and the Premium Membership to PassTheCPP.com which includes 7 practice tests and over 9 hours of study videos is only $69 with the discount code.

The discount code and exact location of the class will be provided in your confirmation email upon registration.

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Road Trip to Caddo Lake

Uncertain, TX – September 20
Hosted by Bill Hedrick

Uncertain, Texas?  Now you may be asking yourself, “Don’t they know where this is going to be held?” But the answer is as unique as the landscape in and around Caddo Lake.  Uncertain, Texas is the name of the tiny town that serves as the gateway to this unique environment.

Join The Photographer Magazine Editor, Bill Hedrick, for a photographic wonderland of Spanish moss, wildlife and bayous as he hosts this outing to Caddo Lake.

Registration opens in Spring 2020.

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I Heart Photography Conference & Expo

October 16-18, 2020
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 16-18, 2020 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 16-18 at the Grapevine Convention Center.  Learn more.

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“Click or Treat” with Brad Barton

Mineral Wells
October 24
9:30am – 4:30pm

Click or Treat
Hosted by Brad Barton

And now from something completely spooky! Ever wanted to explore and photograph an old, abandoned property but didn’t want to trespass? Come along with host, Brad Barton, for unique and legal access to the historic Nazareth Hospital in Mineral Wells, Texas.

The bottom two floors are being used by a Haunted House, but the upper four floors are in beautifully run down conditions.

We will have a model or two on hand in costume to photograph or you can just collect scenes.

In addition to the fun, participants will:

  • Enjoy hands-on photography of a derelict building without fear of trespassing
  • Learn off camera flash and reflected light techniques in this unique situation with models
  • Collect backgrounds and textures for use in your other work

TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $129
“Join and Go” Registration – $184

 

 

Location:
Mineral Wells, TX

Meet TPPA Member, Brad Barton
Brad is a North Texas based artist who tells people’s stories and captures their emotions in sometimes fantastical, sometimes bizarre, sometimes surreal ways. Using his imagination, camera, and digital tools, he has created work for clients big and small. His work has been published in nationally distributed books and magazines, has been featured in feature length motion pictures, and has won numerous awards.

His book from Amherst Media titled Retro Glamour & Pinup Photography was published in January 2017. His second book, Beautiful Monsters was published in May 2018 and he is now working on some new, exciting projects.

He holds Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America and continues to teach and write about art and photography. #ImaginationCaptured

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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: Free to TPPA Members

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

 

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Awards List

TPPA Recognizes the “Merit Standard” in Image Competition as images scoring 80 or above.  Images that score 80 or above are considered “eligible” for our Photographic Awards.

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

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)


 

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