Merit Class

“Colt”ivating Great Clients

Presented by Colt Melrose
February 11

9am-4:30pm
Houston

In this workshop Colt will coach you on how to build a business where you love to go to work. One that is
built around your uniqueness and personality. By tapping into that uniqueness, your business will
become an extension of who you are.

We will do some self-assessment and discuss how we can adapt your business to become an
extension of you. From the first inquiry to the last portrait delivered or installed, we will discuss how to
create a client experience you will love to put your name on.

This class will also cover:

  • Use self-discovery to build a successful business you love
  • How to build a business that serves you
  • Develop a sales mindset from start to finish
  • How to overcome common objections
  • Communication/Sales strategies for larger sales

Location
2101 Winter Street, B11,
Houston, TX 77007

Workshop Fee:
TPPA Member:  $89
Non-Member:  $99
Join & Go:  $199

Meet Colt Melrose
For almost a decade, Colt has enjoyed capturing images that celebrate and preserve his clients. He strives to capture the uniqueness of every client who is in front of his camera. Colt lives by the mantra of his fellow Oklahoman, Will Rogers, in that he’s never met a person he didn’t like.

As Houston’s luxury portrait photographer for professionals and their families, Colt is approachable and relatable. He’s a father of three beautiful girls and a handsome son who are often called on to model for a practice session, and he’s been married to his incredible wife Lindy since 2008.

They have resided in the Greater Houston area since 2011.

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Low Key Lighting

Presented by Cornell McGhee
February 18
8:30AM – 3:30PM
Richmond, TX

This workshop is an educational workshop structured to illuminate photographers on the use of low-key lighting to flatter the subject or to convey an intended message. Low-key photography is a very high-contrast form of lighting meaning there is a definitive transition from the bright areas of light to the dark areas of shadow. In creating a low-key lighting image,
normally the primary light source is positioned directly to one side or behind the subject. There is no light directly in front of the subject as in classic or traditional photography.

What is Low Key? Quite simply put, low key is a description of an image, which contains a higher proportion of dark tones than light tones. Take this issue’s cover image. If you open the original image in Photoshop and look at the histogram of the luminance channel you see that the average RGB value RGB is just 46 points. Using the color range to select just the highlights confirms that these light tones occupy just 1% of the pixels. However, what an important 1% they are, containing the entire facial details, the hands, and defining the folds of the satin dress!

Low-key lighting is best suited for images that are artistic and atmospheric. Examples of these are black-and-white images, studio portraits, and artistic nudes. Given this structure, lighting equipment such as studio strobes is ideal.

This workshop will also cover:

  • How to measure lights to achieve the proper exposure.
  • How to set your camera exposure to achieve the desired result.
  • How to position lighting to achieve the desired result.
  • How to select the right modifiers.
  • How to pose the model/subject for a low-key environment.

Location
Richmond, TX

Workshop Fee:
TPPA Member:  $89
Non-Member:  $99
Join & Go:  $199

Meet Cornell McGhee
Lieutenant Colonel (US Army, Retired) Cornell T. McGhee, Ed.D. serves as Director of Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC) Programs for the Houston Independent School District. As the Director of Houston ISD’s JROTC Programs, Dr. McGhee works with district and campus administrators, as well as civic and community leaders to conduct student-centered events and activities for the 4,500 students enrolled in the district’s 24 high schools.

Lieutenant Colonel McGhee served in the US Army for twenty-three years. He worked at assignments in Texas, Germany, Kentucky, Virginia, and Washington D.C. Throughout his military career, he earned numerous awards and decorations.

Dr. McGhee graduated from Killeen High School in Killeen, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science from the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas. In 1992, he earned a Master of Science Degree in Management from the Florida Institute of Technology. In 1993, He earned a Master of Military Arts and Science Degree in Operational Planning from the U#S# Army Command and General Staff College. In 2011, He earned a Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Houston-Clear Lake.

Cornell is an Eagle Scout, certified professional photographer, drone pilot, musician, and outdoors enthusiast. In his spare time, he attends local religious studies and services, and professional sports events, and relaxes with family and friends. Cornell is married to Karen (Arbuckle); they have two adult sons, Brandon (Kate) and Christopher.

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Quit Using Your Camera on Program!

Grapevine – March 11

“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

Location
Grapevine Convention Center
1209 S. Main Street
Grapevine TX 76051

TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $99
“Join and Go” Registration – $184
Take Both Classes and Save:
Bundle “Quit Using Your Camera on Program!” with “Fundamentals of Flash” for $158 (Includes two Merits!)

Where to Stay
Coming in from out of town? You can fly into DFW Airport and you are only 10 minutes from the Grapevine Convention Center and many of the hotels listed below. Most have a free shuttle. Grapevine offers a wide variety of accommodations. Here are a few suggestions:

These hotels are within two blocks of the Grapevine Convention Center.

Holiday Inn Express
309 State Highway 114 West
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-442-5919

Hilton Garden Inn DFW
205 W. State Hwy 114
Grapevine, TX 76051
817-421-1172

Comfort Inn, Grapevine
301 Capitol Street
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-329-9300

The hotels below are located just 10 minutes from the Dallas Fort Worth Airport and the Convention Center. They are right by the Grapevine Mills Outlet Mall and Outdoor World/Bass Pro Shops.

Hilton DFW Lakes
1800 Highway 26 East
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-481-8444

Embassy Suites Outdoor World
2401 Bass Pro Drive
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 972-724-2600

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Fundamentals of Flash Photography

Grapevine – March 12

“Fundamentals of Flash Photography”
Time: Sunday, 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!

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

Location
Grapevine Convention Center
1209 S. Main Street
Grapevine TX 76051

TPPA Member Registration – $89
Non-Member Registration – $99
“Join and Go” Registration – $184
Take Both Classes and Save:
Bundle “Fundamentals of Flash” with “Quit Using Your Camera on Program!” for $158 (Includes two Merits!)

Where to Stay
Coming in from out of town? You can fly into DFW Airport and you are only 10 minutes from the Grapevine Convention Center and many of the hotels listed below. Most have a free shuttle. Grapevine offers a wide variety of accommodations. Here are a few suggestions:

These hotels are within two blocks of the Grapevine Convention Center.

Holiday Inn Express
309 State Highway 114 West
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-442-5919

Hilton Garden Inn DFW
205 W. State Hwy 114
Grapevine, TX 76051
817-421-1172

Comfort Inn, Grapevine
301 Capitol Street
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-329-9300

The hotels below are located just 10 minutes from the Dallas Fort Worth Airport and the Convention Center. They are right by the Grapevine Mills Outlet Mall and Outdoor World/Bass Pro Shops.

Hilton DFW Lakes
1800 Highway 26 East
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 817-481-8444

Embassy Suites Outdoor World
2401 Bass Pro Drive
Grapevine, Texas
Phone: 972-724-2600

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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 13-15, 2023
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 13-15, 2023 at the Grapevine Convention Center.

The iHeart 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.

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.

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