Texas School

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

Preparing For PPA Certification2021-01-22T14:15:41-06:00

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
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