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