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President’s Message: You Have Permission to be Great!

Cris Duncan
2021 TPPA President

Zig Ziglar once said, “In times of change, the learner shall inherit the earth, while the learned finds themselves well equipped for a world that no longer exists.”

If 2020 has taught us anything, it is that anything can change.  In just a few days, to steal a quote from Hamilton, “The world turned upside down.”

We adapted and developed new ways to work, do school, shop, dine, socialize, worship, and communicate with those we love the most.  In all aspects of our lives, we had to be creative and learn new skills and workflows to continue to grow and exist.

Just as you had to pivot, the industry did as well. TPPA was not excluded and early on in 2020, TPPA took the lead in the industry and was the first affiliate to host an entirely online remote image competition. Texas School looked different as well and had not one, but two, incredible online events loaded with education and fun. It looked different, it was not exactly what we wanted, but we found that we were able to reach new groups of people through the virtual format.  Suddenly, those who could not travel or take a week off from other obligations could join in the “Best Little School in Texas.”  People were able to discover new instructors and businesses grew.  That makes me so excited.

As 2021 begins, we get to continue to be creative in how we communicate and work. The one thing that hasn’t changed is the commitment TPPA has to you, your craft and the industry. As President, I can promise that I will do whatever I can to make sure that you continue to thrive and grow. Being a part of a photographic community such as TPPA is so much more than paying dues and receiving member benefits. It is about collaboration, group learning, bonding through wins and failures, sharing a common interest and being better than before. That is our role in your story.

I do not know where you may be in your photographic journey.  Some reading this are veterans that have had successful careers for decades and others may have just booked their first client. I celebrate with each of you.

You see, it is not where you start that matters, it’s where you go that makes the difference. TPPA is dedicated to helping you get to where you want to go—to helping you be a life-long learner.  You have an incredible opportunity to make an impact on someone’s life. Today you have the choice to take a step, a step into success. Never hold back on what makes you special and unique. You have permission to grow. You have permission to learn and be better than before. You have permission to be great!

Happy Creating,

Cris Duncan
TPPA President

President’s Message: You Have Permission to be Great!2020-12-31T15:18:05-06:00

Meet the TPPA Team

Not pictured: Doc List, Robin Janson

Live Online
January 6, 2021
7:00 PM

Join the TPPA Officers and staff for an evening of introductions, conversation and Q&A about all things TPPA.

Since 1898, TPPA has been member run and member led!  Our entire leadership team are also members.  The officers are elected by members to oversee the activities of the association and to serve the entire membership.

During this event, you will:

  • Learn about upcoming events
  • Learn how to get involved in TPPA
  • Ask questions for Officers and Staff

Meet the Team is FREE for all TPPA Members.

Meet the TPPA Team2020-11-06T18:58:18-06:00

Light Meters 101

Tuesday, January 26, 2021
Live Online
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Hosted by Steve Kozak

Get your light meter out of the closet and replace the batteries…you are going to finally learn how to use it!

You say you don’t have a hand-held meter?  Then grab your camera and join us anyway because you will learn how to use the in-camera meter as well.

OK, you may be thinking, “If my camera already has a meter, why do I want a hand-held meter?”   The answer to that question will be revealed in this two-hour program by Steve Kozak.

In this class, you will learn the difference between in-camera and hand-held meters and why it is so important to getting perfect exposures.  In addition, Steve will cover:

  • Step by step instructions on setting up your own meter (Be sure to have it in your hands for the class!)
  • The mode settings on your meter
  • Customizing the read out
  • Dome “in” or dome “out”?
  • Meter calibration
  • and much more

Once you take command of your meter, you never have to question exposure again.  There is no substitute for confidence.

TPPA Member Registration – $29
Non-Member Registration – $59
“Join and Go” Registration – $124

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 recently served on the PPA Board of Directors and currently serves 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.

Light Meters 1012020-11-23T22:32:36-06:00

What’s New in Lightroom?

Hosted by Guy T Phillips, Cr. Photog, CPP

Did you know that Adobe updates Lightroom every other month?

Join Guy T Phillips as he helps you navigate these updates and improvements in his program, “What’s New in Lightroom?”

Every other month, Guy T will take you through the newest releases of Lightroom Classic and both the desktop and mobile versions of Lightroom.  He will also take your questions on all aspects of Lightroom.

The next episode is February 17 and continues on the 3rd Wednesday of  April, June, August, October, & December, from 7 to 8 PM Central.

Best of all, it is Free for TPPA Members.

Program Dates (All times 7 to 8 PM Central)
2021
February 17
April 21
June 16
August 18
October 20
December 15

Do you have a Lightroom question for Guy T?  Ask it here.

Meet TPPA Member, Guy T Phillips
Guy T has quickly gained a reputation for a great hands-on experience from his students, with rave reviews from his many TPPA and PPA events over the last several years. His ability to simplify technology helps make this class entertaining, fun, and very informative. As a former corporate educator, he knows how to make the learning ‘stick’, with activities that will take your gained knowledge to new skills and abilities. He’s a member of the DPPA, an Associate Fellow with the TPPA, a PPA Craftsman, a CPP and a CPP Liaison. He also serves as a Councilor at Large on the TPPA Executive Council.

What’s New in Lightroom?2021-01-01T12:33:02-06:00

TPPA Annual Image Competition

The TPPA Annual Image Competition
March 26-27, 2021
9:oo AM

TPPA will will be hosting its Annual Image Competition online in 2021:

  • Spectators are invited to watch the competition live online
  • The deadline to enter the competition is March 24 at 7:00PM

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 watch the judging as it takes place, live online.

TPPA has made some BIG changes for 2021, so stay tuned for details.

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.

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.

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

TPPA Annual Image Competition2020-11-06T16:15:36-06:00

Birds on the Brain

High Island
Sunday, March 28
12:30pm to 7pm

Birds on the Brain
Hosted by Aileen Harding

Learn how to photograph birds for Print Competition.

We’ll meet at the Original Lercy’s in Winnie for an educational lunch where we’ll learn all about location, lighting, composition, behavior and technique in Bird Photography.

Then we’ll head to one of the top 10 Birding Locations in the country! The Smith Oaks Rookery on High Island has four large decks directly across from the Rookery. Roseate Spoonbills, Snowy Egrets, White Herons, Tri-Colored Herons and Neotropic Cormorants are present at the Rookery.

They’ll be busy with the mating and nest building season. See them at their very best…the breeding plumage is gorgeous!!

You will be responsible for lunch at Lercy’s if you choose to eat, as well as an $8 day fee, or a $30 fee for a season pass payable in cash at the Kiosk before entering the Rookery. Be sure to bring a Tripod and a long lens. (minimum 400mm recommended.)

This workshop will cover:

* Where to Go…How To Find The Best Locations
* Bird Behavior…Anticipating the Shot
* Exposure Compensation… How and Why?
* Birds in Flight
* Have the ability to properly compose your images
* Techniques for Print Competition

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

Location:
High Island, TX
Lercy’s, Texas 124,
Winnie, Tx
and Smith Oaks Sanctuary
2205 Old Mexico Rd,
High Island, Tx, 77623

Meet TPPA Member, Aileen Harding
When I look through the lens of the camera, I see so much more. Becoming aware of the light, the composition, and the tone of the world around me from a photographer’s point of view has opened up a world of beauty and possibility that thrills me. And birds are my absolute favorite! Watching their mating dance, how they greet one another at the nest, all their interactions, makes me realize how human like their behavior can be. When I slow down and study the birds, listening to their song and the wind in the marsh grass, there is peace. I can’t imagine ever putting my camera away…

Birds on the Brain2020-12-04T10:01:12-06:00

TPPA Image Competition Awards Presentation

April 24, 2021
8:30 PM

Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel
15201 Dallas Parkway
Addison, TX

Join TPPA at the Renaissance Dallas Addison Hotel, home of the Texas School of Professional Photography, for an evening of celebration and honor.

TPPA will recognize the winning images and their makers from the TPPA Annual Photographic Competition.  There are several awards up for grabs, so be sure you enter the competition.

We will also recognize our recipients who have earned their Fellowship degrees as well as announce the winner of the coveted PPA National Award.

The Celebration is open to all TPPA Members and guests and admission is free.  You do not have to be registered for Texas School to attend.

TPPA Image Competition Awards Presentation2020-11-06T16:17:30-06:00

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 34 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 Photography2020-11-06T16:18:36-06:00

Road Trip to Caddo Lake

Uncertain, TX – May 17
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.

Participants will have the option of booking an evening excursion on the lake, or a morning excursion or both.  Registration for this event does not include the cost of the boat trip(s), nor the tip for the guide.

Participants will also visit the historical town of Jefferson, Texas.  With its small town charm and eclectic shopping,  Jefferson is not only picturesque, it is also a popular destination for tourist looking for an escape from the big city.

Registration
Lodging, Boat Tours and guide tips are not included in the following registration fees.



TPPA Member Registration – $49
Non-Member Registration – $89
“Join and Go” Registration – $144

Road Trip to Caddo Lake2020-11-24T12:52:38-06:00

Road Trip to Red River New Mexico

August 2-4, 2021
Explore the Enchantment of Northern New Mexico

Registration only $149 for TPPA Members

PLEASE NOTE:

Join 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

Monday – 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).

©Steve Kozak

Tuesday – 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

Wednesday – 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:

Trip #2
Antonito to Chama by train / return to Antonito by motor coach
10:00am – 5:30pm

 

Lodging Details

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

Road Trip to Red River New Mexico2020-11-23T21:16:36-06:00
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