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 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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Light from the Shadows

Light from the Shadows
Presented by Mark Bryant

When: June 11 and 12
Time:  Friday 1PM – 6PM and Saturday 10AM – 5PM

Where:  Lubbock, Texas

“In order for the light to shine so brightly, the darkness must be present.”

Sir Francis Bacon

Join one of the country’s premier portrait artist, Mark Bryant, as he leads us on a journey of Light and Shadows.

Within photography it is often said “see the light”, but Mark stresses that you must KNOW light first.  He embraces the quote by George Eastman:

“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth and you will know the key to photography.”

His goal in lighting most portraits and especially sports portraits is to capture a full range of specular highlights, long range of midtones graduating into deep robust shadows which define and provide a backdrop for the details.

Every one from renaissance painters,classical portraitists, today’s composite artists, and the general population snapping with their iPhones need light to share their vision with the world. Without light we can not illuminate our subjects and without shadows we cannot define or evoke an emotional response from the viewer.

Light behaves in a very predictable way. Each ray of light travels in a straight line. As photographers, most of us have a bevy of modifiers to focus, bend, alter the direction of light rays (diffuse), and different applications for the desired effect. In order to master light it is important to know light properties: such as Intensity, color and contrast. It is equally important to know that the subject reacts to light either by absorption, refraction, reflection, or any combination of the three.

In this deep-dive workshop, Mark will share the principle tools he uses and his approach to creating stunning portraiture.

In this workshop, Mark will share:

  1. The concept of Form Fill
  2. Why shadows are your friend
  3. Lens perspective/camera perspective in relationship with a composite portrait
  4. How to make an emotional statement with composition
  5. Digging deeper into posing techniques

The program begins on Friday, June 11 at 1PM and run until 6PM. Then, at 7:30, join hosts Cris and Deanna Duncan at their place for Bar-b-que with all the trimmings and some fine Texas Hospitality.

On Saturday, the workshop continues as we move to the National Ranching Heritage Center where you will work with Mark to capture images of cowboys and ranchers and more in a setting of authentic period locations on the museum grounds.

At the end of the day, we will mosey back to Cris and Deanna’s for a Mexican dinner on the grounds and an outdoor movie.

You could pay up to $900 to attend a two-day workshop with Mark, but TPPA has arranged to bring you this workshop to you at an unbelievable price.

To ensure that participants get the most out of this workshop, space is limited!

Pre-Registration (Pricing good until May 31st)
TPPA Member Registration – $179
Non-Member Registration – $249
“Join and Go” Registration – $274

Lubbock, Texas

Meet Mark Bryant:

I spent from birth through kindergarten in Browning Montana on the Blackfoot Reservation at the edge of Glacier Park where my parents were missionaries for ten years. I was a 3 sport athlete (small high school 43 graduating seniors in my class) and a lurker in the arts. My future wife Sandra was on the yearbook staff:) We were high school sweet hearts! We spent a year at Trinity Bible Institute (following marriage) and the following year enrolled in Ohio Institute of Photography and graduating in 2 years.

Sandra and I moved back home to Missoula, Montana and I worked for a year with a local studio doing school photography,weddings and portraits at their studio/park setting. Starting our business the following year. We have been in the same commercial location in downtown Missoula for 35 years. We have 2 adult daughters both married with children.
We love the Montana outdoors as avid ATV,Snowmobile,Sea Do adventure seekers!

We are huge fans of most sports but March Madness and college football are at the top of the heap.
Our life’s motto is God first, Wife/Husband,family,avocation and adventure!

Why not stay and extra day and join us at Palo Duro Canyon?

TPPA Social:  Palo Duro Canyon and the Texas Outdoor Musical!

When: June 13
Time:  Sunday

Where:  Palo Duro Canyon near Canyon, Texas

TPPA hits the road for a trip to Palo Duro Canyon.  Bring a friend or the entire family!

Know as, “The Grand Canyon of Texas”, Palo Duro is the second largest canyon in the country.  Experience the canyon’s rugged beauty and enjoy its colorful history.

Things to Do

Explore the canyon by foot, mountain bike, horse or car. The park has more than 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails.  Camp, geocache, study nature or bird watch.

Explore the area on your own way.  While we are not organizing activities on an “official” level, we do know that there will be folks camping on Saturday and Sunday Night.  Some plan to do some night sky photography,  and some will get up early to capture a sunrise over the canyon.  Still, others will do some serious hiking while others will enjoy a leisurely drive through the park.

Enjoy the day at your own pace and set your own agenda.  We will connect you with others who share similar interests if you want to meet up with others for the day.

Where to Stay

Choose from campsites with water and electricity, tent sites, equestrian sites, or backpack camping areas. Stay in one of three cabins on the canyon’s rim or four Cow Camp cabins on the canyon floor.  You can also stay in a hotel in nearby Canyon or Amarillo.

New to Palo Duro Canyon: Glamping (luxury camping)! Each glamping site is fully furnished with air conditioning, luxury rustic furnishings, refrigerators, microwaves, coffee makers, games, bicycles, gas grills and gas fire pits, covered porches with rockers, porch swings, and much more. More information on glamping at Palo Duro Canyon.

Stay for Dinner and a Show!
Cap off the night with a chuck wagon dinner, a backstage tour and a ticket to the musical, Texas.

A FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOW set against an authentic tapestry of history, the show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800’s. Song and dance abound – and a generous helping of good ol’ Texas humor too – with spellbinding lighting, special effects and fireworks.

Our group will also enjoy a backstage tour before the show.

TPPA is securing tickets for the dinner, back stage tour, and the show so that we can sit together.  Order your tickets below.

Dinner and Ticket Price (Must be ordered by June 1)
Adult Dinner and Show Ticket – $53.00
Child 12 and under Dinner/Show – $40.00


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Road Trip to Red River New Mexico

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

Registration only $149 for TPPA Members


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.


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

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


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

Wednesday, 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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