Quit Using Your Camera on Program!

DFW – March 7 – 8

“Quit Using Your Camera on Program!”
Time: Sat. 9:30am – 4:30pm

TPPA invites you to join Steve Kozak for two outstanding photography classes on March 7 and 8.

Steve will present, “Quit Using Your Camera on Program!” on Saturday and “Fundamentals of Flash Photography” on Sunday.

These classes will help you get the most out of your camera and your flash by learning to use both in manual mode.  This is a weekend that you don’t want to miss.

You can register for the classes separately or bundle them together and SAVE.

The cost for TPPA Members is only $158 for both classes! You save $20!

Quit Using Your Camera on Program!

Quit Using Your Camera on Program 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.

This 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.

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.

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, 9:30am-4:30pm

TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $129
“Join and Go” Registration – $184
Bundle “Quit Using Your Camera on Program!” with “Fundamentals of Flash” for $158 (Includes two Merits!)

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Fundamentals of Flash Photography

DFW – March 8

“Fundamentals of Flash Photography”
Time: Sunday, 9:30am – 9pm

TPPA invites you to join Steve Kozak for two outstanding photography classes on March 7 and 8.

Steve will present, “Quit Using Your Camera on Program!” on Saturday and “Fundamentals of Flash Photography” on Sunday.

These classes will help you get the most out of your camera and your flash by learning to use both in manual mode. This is a weekend that you don’t want to miss.

You can register for the classes separately or bundle them together and SAVE.

The cost for TPPA Members is only $158 for both classes! You save $20!

Fundamentals 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.

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.

Imagine stepping into any location and knowing exactly how to set your flash for a proper exposure.  No chimping, no guessing…only confidence!

By 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!

You will learn a ton about flash that you never knew.  Not only will this help you create outstanding images, but it will also help you if you are working on your CPP.

Class: “Fundamentals of Flash Photography”
When: Sunday, 9:30am-4:30pm

TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $129
“Join and Go” Registration – $184
Bundle “Fundamentals of Flash” with “Quit Using Your Camera on Program!” for $158 (Includes two Merits!)

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How to Share a Studio Space

March 16, 2020
9:00am – 4:00pm

How To Share A Studio Space & Live To Tell About It
Hosted by Andrea Schuler and Steve Morrow

Building a sustainable business model takes an investment of both time and money! Whether a new or seasoned photographer, an option for reducing cost associated with both equipment and overhead is sharing a studio with one or more other photographers. While this can be a successful option, it is not without its drawbacks.

Steve & Renee Morrow and Andrea Schuler met while members of Fotoworks Studios – a 15 member co-op in Abilene, Tx. After several years, business required more studio time. So, the trio moved into The Cockerell – Upstairs. A building dedicated to supporting artists and photographers, it provides the support of being with other artists but with the benefits of a private studio. After a few initial trials and errors, they have settled in and made it their photography home.

If you are considering whether sharing a studio space might be a beneficial option for you, our team is ready to share what we have learned from years of working in shared studio environments!

This program will cover:

  • How to share the studio space, equipment, and schedule session times.
  • Setting up your studio environment & equipment basics.
  • Protecting yourself with equipment & liability insurance.
  • Fostering a collaborative and supportive studio environment.
  • Creating an action plan for addressing possible future challenges & conflicts.
  • When all else fails… what to do next!

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


1133 North 2nd Street
Studio 209
Abilene, Tx 79601

Meet TPPA Members, Andrea Schuler and Steve Morrow:

Originally from East Texas, Andrea Schuler is a graduate of Kilgore College where she studied photography under O. Rufus Lovett. She learned the foundation of her photography skills in the dark room developing b&w film, printing by hand, and enjoying the magic of portraits emerging from a blank sheet of photographic paper.

Years later, Schuler moved to Abilene, Tx and joined a local 15 member photography co-op called Fotoworks Studio. It provided a supportive learning environment and showed that photographers could join together to build a working community.

Currently, Andrea’s goal and passion is to serve her photography community as a board member of their local photography guild and by co-teaching local education workshops with her studio partners Steve & Renee Morrow.

As she tell friends and fellow photographers, “you don’t even have a chance if you don’t try. Set goals, work hard, and keep moving forward. Photography is my passion, and I believe that we are all stronger when we work together!”

Steve Morrow has been passionate about photography since middle school when he first picked up his father’s 35mm camera and learned how to use it. He went on to shoot for the yearbook in high school, and his first job after graduation was four years of training in a professional photography lab. There, Morrow learned what it takes to produce quality photographic products.

Morrow believes strongly in continuing his photographic education by attending Texas School of Professional Photography and other quality TPPA & PPA workshops yearly. With over 15 years of experience as a professional photographer, he also shares his knowledge locally by teaching education workshop at his studio in Abilene, Texas. He also serves as President of his local photography guild and is a member of the West Texas Photographic Society.

He strives to support others thru mentorship and has a heart for helping photographers in his community.

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Photographing Newborns A to Z

Cypress, Texas
March 20th
10:00 am to 6:00 pm

Newborns A to Z
Hosted by Alison Montgomery

In this workshop you will learn how I style and prep for my sessions, what to do when the family arrives and you will be able to photograph the poses. I will talk you thru the poses as I do them and show you my workflow. We will also do some wrapping and you will get to practice 4 basic wraps to use in all your sessions.

After lunch I will show how I cull and edit my images and discuss how I present them to the client for the upsell. We will spend some time talking about Marketing and finish with a Q & A session.

Workshop participants will learn:

  • Instructing Mom prior to session to have the best session
  • Creative Marketing Ideas
  • Working with the you have no matter what size
  • Things to do for getting more bookings in the first year
  • Unique product offerings for the upsell.

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



15119 Waverly Canyon Ct

Cypress, Tx 77429

Meet TPPA Member, Alison Montgomery

I am Mom to 2 amazing young men, Joshua Aaron and Caleb Joseph and wife of 29 years to the love of my life David. I am so in love with my new babies, my 2 Yorkie’s. Kaylee 10 and Charlie a rescue. In my spare time of which there is way to little, I love spending time with my boys, reading and taking cruises.

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CPP Exam Study Class

Two-Day CPP Study Class

DFW – March 21 – 22
Saturday, 9:30 AM – 5:00 PM
Sunday, 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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TPPA Annual Image Competition

The TPPA Annual Image Competition
March 28, 2020
9:oo AM

Double Tree San Antonio Airport
37 NE Loop 410

Book Your Room

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.

You are invited to attend the judging and watch it live.  It all takes place the the Double Tree San Antonio Airport on March 28.

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 two IPC caliber stations for judging digital entries at the Annual TPPA Photographic Competition in San Antonio. This station includes 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!


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San Antonio Studio Crawl

Studio Crawl
San Antonio
March 28
2PM – ??

Join us on a grand tour of some of the most successful studios in San Antonio. The San Antonio Studio Crawl is your opportunity to see the studios of Trey and Elizabeth Homan, Ross Benton and two others.

This tour gets you behind the scenes and inside the minds of the owners as they share how they utilized the space they have and their thoughts behind the way they have set it up for success.

Remember, the TPPA Annual Photographic Competition begins at 9am, so you will have a lot of time to enjoy watching the live competition at the Double Tree San Antonio Airport.  The tour will depart the Double Tree around  2pm on Saturday, March 28 with a break for dinner and continue until completed.

On Sunday, join us for live image critiques from some of the competition judges from 9am – noon or register for the Leadership Training workshop from 9-4, both at the Double Tree.

Coming in from out of town?  Book your room at the Double Tree using the link below for a nice discount off the published price.

Book Your Room


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Leadership Training: Priorities & Visioning for Your Association

Leadership Training
March 29, 2020
San Antonio
9:00am – 5:00pm
Hosted by Steve Kozak

Are you currently serving on the leadership team for your affiliate? Are you a member of an affiliate looking to take on a future leadership role in a local guild or even TPPA? Then this is the program for you.

Join TPA Executive Director and PPA Board Member, Steve Kozak as he shares the principles and technique for creating a successful atmosphere in an association’s board meetings.

Steve will share some of the insights and education that are practiced with the PPA Board of Directors and the TPPA Executive Council.

The theme of this year’s training is, “developing the priorities and vision for your association”.

There is no doubt as to the value of board training and the impact this training has on the success of an association.

All officers and elected board members from each of the guilds in Texas and beyond are encouraged to attend this important training opportunity. Those who are considering future leadership roles in a local guild or even TPPA are also encouraged to attend.

This workshop is open to any member of a local guild, Texas PPA or PPA.

TPPA Member Registration – $29
Non-Member Registration – $39
“Join and Go” Registration – $124

Double Tree San Antonio Airport
37 NE Loop 410 at McCullough
San Antonio, TX 78216

Meet TPPA Member, Steve Kozak:

Steve Kozak is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. Steve has earned the “Master of Photography” and the “Craftsman” degrees from PPA, and is PPA Certified. His work has also appeared in the prestigious “Loan Collection”. Professional recognition of his work includes the Masterpiece Award from Fuji Film USA.

Steve currently serves on the PPA Board of Directors and as the TPPA Executive Director. He is also a PPA qualified instructor for PPA Certification prep classes.

Steve has recorded over a dozen videos for the PPA EDU program. These videos include classes on the fundamentals of photography, manual flash photography, exposure, opening a new studio as well as videos for CPP study preparation.

He has taught 20 years at the prestigious Texas School of Professional Photography and 18 years at Imaging USA. He has also taught at the Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography, the East Coast School and Image Explorations near Victoria, British Columbia.

Steve’s articles have been published in The Professional Photographer and Texas Professional Photographer magazines. His informative and inspiring programs make him a popular instructor on the speaking circuit.


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