Preparing For PPA Certification

Preparing For PPA Certification
Hosted by Steve Kozak

Saturday, April 24, 2021
10:00AM -5:00PM

Join Steve Kozak for an exciting one-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 through the highlights of the curriculum found 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 one-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 a review over the most significant material with plenty of time for asking questions and clarification.

Participants will also have the opportunity to take the test on Friday at the conclusion of Texas School. Contact PPA to declare your candidacy if you plan to take the test.


Attendees registering for this class will also be able to purchase Steve’s, Preparing for PPA Certification Study Guide with a nice discount. Purchase of the guide is completely optional and is not required for this class.

The 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 over nine hours of video study plus 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.

To purchase the study guide with a $20 savings, visit PassTheCPP.com and use the code: TSPP

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The Business of Headshots

The Business of Headshots
Hosted by Gary Hughes

Saturday, April 24, 2021
10:00AM -5:00PM

Join one of the foremost headshot photographers in the industry as Gary Hughes shares the secrets of how he and his wife and partner, Julie, have created a thriving photography business by standing in the shallow end of the pool and working an under-served market.

Learn marketing and pricing strategies as well as some of the techniques Gary uses to create his signature images. From beginner to expert, this program will educate, entertain and equip every attendee to take advantage of this exploding market in professional photography.

You Will learn:

  • Marketing for headshots
  • How to bid on large headshots jobs
  • Pricing structures that will increase you booking rate
  • Lighting and posing techniques that work every time
  • How to get great expression from a relaxed subject
The Business of Headshots2021-01-22T14:22:08-06:00

Fine Art Nude Photography

Fine Art Nude Photography
Hosted by Doc List

Saturday, April 24, 2021
10:00AM -5:00PM

There’s a big difference between nude photography and fine art nude photography.

For many of us, we think of “nude photography” as images that appear in Playboy, Penthouse, and other magazines and websites. We think of those images as “sexy” or “erotic” and probably think that the purpose of the images is to arouse sexual interest in the viewer.

On the other hand, there is fine art nude photography. Fine art nude photography is intended to celebrate the human form, is considered art, and is found on the walls of galleries and collectors. While these images may also arouse sexual interest in the viewer, that is secondary to the art.

In this pre-con class, you learn the essentials of lighting, posing, and the use of props in creating fine art nude images. You will work with a live fine art nude model under the direction of Doc List.

We Will Cover:

  • Lighting: one light, use of prop
  • Lighting: one light, use of fabric
  • Lighting: two lights, use of prop
  • Lighting: two lights, use of fabric, incorporate motion
  • Review and discussion
Fine Art Nude Photography2021-01-26T11:10:20-06:00

Print Competition Boot Camp

Print Competition Boot Camp
Hosted by Mark McCall

Saturday, April 24, 2021
10:00AM -5:00PM

“What are the Judges looking for”? Sounds familiar, right? Follow Mark McCall’s journey into the often scary world of PPA Print Competition. Learn the tricks that have brought him success in PPA/IPC Print Competition.

We’ll turn the 12 Elements on its head and give you Mark’s version of the 12 Elements that will shake up everything you’ve been taught. This is real life, not just words on paper.

You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence to get those print merits…and get them regularly.

You’ll learn:

  • One type of image almost always merits. Find out what it is and how to create it.
  • Two subjects are usually better than one, find out why.
  • See Mark’s SECRET WEAPON he uses in almost every competition piece he enters.
  • One thing will drive down the score of any competition print. Find out what it is and how to avoid it.
  • Learn how to squeeze an extra point or two by paying close attention to an overlooked area…the mat!!!
  • Different Levels of Competition
  • See the Juror’s Charge, the video every Juror must watch before sitting on a panel.
  • Storytelling goes a long way. Learn to tell or create a story within your image that can make a less-than-perfect image score much higher. PPA ranks Story Telling as #12 on the list of 12 Elements, but Mark has it ranked #2!!! See the completely new 12 Element List!
  • Find out what type of paper to use with what type of image.
  • What mounting material?…yes, it makes a difference.
  • Learn about printing, subject matter, where to find inspiration and most importantly, learn what the judges are looking for and what they’ll ding you for.
  • Learn to use PPA’s own rulebook in your favor to earn the coveted Photographer of the Year Award.
  • Entering client work vs shooting for Competition. Which is better? The answer will surprise you.
  • Printing your work vs entering digitally, which is better? Another shocking answer!
  • Hear a few of Mark’s funny print competition stories….real things that have happened in Print Competition.
Print Competition Boot Camp2021-01-22T14:29:07-06:00

FAA Part 107 Prep Course

FAA Part 107 Prep Course
Hosted by Robert & Kathy Norwood

Saturday, April 24, 2021
10am to 5pm

Drones are a hot item with photographers today! But unlike most aspects of photography, drone photography requires a government license. This course will teach photographers the rules and regulations required by the FAA to successfully pass the Part 107 FAA exam.

Capt. Robert N Norwood has been a pilot with American Airlines for 30 years. He holds an ATP with type ratings on B-777, B-767, B-757, MD-11, and B-727. With over 36 years of aviation experience, Robert has successfully navigated the ins and outs of the FAA regulations and test taking.

We will cover the 5 main subject areas of the test. This include regulations, airspace classifications and operating requirements, weather, loading and performance, and drone operations.

A sample test will be administered to prepare the participants to take the Part 107 exam upon completion of this course.

FAA Part 107 Prep Course2021-01-22T14:29:36-06:00

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.

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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 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.

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I Heart Photography Conference & Expo

October 15-17, 2021
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 15-17, 2021 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 15-17, 2021 at the Grapevine Convention Center.  Learn more.

I Heart Photography Conference & Expo2020-11-06T16:22:49-06:00

City Nights and Holiday Lights!

Join TPPA for an evening of fun, photography and hot chocolate.

City Nights and Holiday Lights!
Steve Kozak, Host

When: Wednesday December 8, 2021
Time: 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Cost: $49 for TPPA Members

Join Steve Kozak on Wednesday, December 8, 2021 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.

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

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

City Nights and Holiday Lights!2020-11-06T16:34:09-06:00
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