Winter Conference Austin

The 2018 ATPI Winter Conference for students and teachers will be hosted by the University of Texas at Arlington February 24-26, 2017 in Arlington, TX. The conference provides on-site contests for students and teachers, along with hands-on classes related to all types of photography and video.


The 2016 Winter Conference program.


These classes were offered at the 2016 Winter Conference. The 2017 Winter Conference classes will be posted in November.

H100 – Architectural Photography (Pre-Conference)
Available for students and teachers that arrive early at the Capitol on Friday, Feb 26. Capture architectural and architectural detail photos while exploring the Texas Capitol. Materials: digital camera and tripod

H101 – Tips and Tricks for Digital Imaging
Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop. Designed for students or teachers who have limited experience with Photoshop. Materials: none

H102 – Photoshop Masking and Compositing
Mastering Photoshop masking and compositing skills as well as experimental image blending. Materials: none

H103 – Getting Your Work Online
A look at options for selling your work on the web, including SmugMug, Flickr and TwitPix, that can earn money and create a presence for your business, even as a student. Materials: none

H104 – Advanced Photoshop Techniques
methods of making filter/textures, the exciting new method of scaling, duplicating layers and basic masking. Handouts provided. Materials: USB drive

H105 – Painting With Light
Light. The raw material of photography. Come learn to use it as an artist uses oil paints to create their masterpieces. Materials: digital camera, flashlight, tripod

H106 – Environmental Portrait
Take your subject out of a sterile environment and put him or her into an environment that tells us something about the subject. Go on location to see how to get the most out of a portrait situation. Materials: camera

H107 – Design and Composition
After a brief discussion of photographic design and aesthetics, you’ll participate in a walking tour on the UTA campus to examine ways of seeing photographically. Materials: camera

H108 – Studio Portraiture
Lighting styles and lighting quality, posing tips and working with subjects in a formal studio setting will all be covered. Materials: camera

H109 – Table Top and Product Photography
Lighting and set-up of table top and small product photography with studio flash combining both products and food on different sets.The students will be able to work with different products with different lighting requirements and learn to use studio flash equipment. Materials: digital camera and tripod

H110 – Putting the Motion in Motion Pictures
by introducing the aspect of movement of both the subject and the camera. During this hands-on workshop, participants will practice handheld walking shots, operate a camera on a track dolly and execute a boom shot on a jib. Materials: digital camera

H111 – Shooting Workshop
Perfect for the first year photo student. Learn how to be master of your camera. Composition, light metering in tricky situations, bulb and flash will all be covered. Bring your questions and your cameras! Materials: camera and film/digital camera and external flash


On-site contests available to students and instructors.

H112 – Working with Shutter Speeds
Blurring motion. Stopping motion. Panning. From Eadweard Muybridge’s photos of a horse running to today’s bursting ballons here is your chance to experiment with some of these techniques. Materials: camera and tripod

H113 – SmartPhone Photography
Learn how to use some of the cool apps for smartphones to capture unique images. Materials: a smartphone with any of the following apps: Hipstamatic, Instagram, 645 Pro, ProHDR, SnapSeed

H114 – Learning to Use Your Digital Camera
Did you get a new digital camera recently? Bring it to this hands-on workshop to learn how to do more than shoot with the auto/program mode. Materials: digital camera

H115 – Proper Lighting for Paupers
Build a quick and dirty lighting kit with paint cans, 1x2s, cement, a clip lamp, a compact fluorescent lamp and a shower curtain. Materials: digital camera and tripod

H116 – Lighting on Location
Get the perfect lighting whether dealing with the bright sun of a daytime football game to the night lights of the San Antonio River Walk. Learn how to control the lighting by balancing available light with fill flash as well as slow/rear curtain sync flash or how to avoid the use of flash at all with techniques for supplementing existing light. Materials: digital SLR and external electronic flash

H117 – Making the Print – Getting the Image from the Computer to the Printer
Making the move from the computer to the printer can be filled with hurdles that keep your print from being the the best it can be. Learn the correct path to follow from Photoshop and Lightroom to the printer making your print the best it can be. Learn how to prepare the file: sizing, sharpening, printer setup and all the steps that must be followed to print on desktop and large format printers. Materials: jpeg images on a USB drive

H118 – Creating and Publishing a Book
Create and publish your own book. Discover how to quickly add text and images, change layouts and customize templates. Materials: CD or USB drive with 10-20 images

H119 – Photojournalism for Yearbooks and Newspapers
It is never too late to learn ways to improve the photography for publications. Learn specific techniques for getting the best photos. Materials: digital camera, lenses, flash

H120 – Lightroom: Best Practices for Beginners
Learn the basics of Adobe Lightroom – creating catalogs, importing images and creating Collections and Smart Collections. USB drive with a collection of images

H121 – Lighting Still Photography vs. Lighting Video
An overview of film-style lighting working with digital still cameras and HD video. Work with scenes in a production studio to learn how to tell a visual story. Materials: DSLR with video capability. NO open-toed shoes, flip flops or flats


We have reached our cap for registrations and the convention is now full. Registrations are closed.

H122 – Flashion: Getting Your Flash Photos to Look their Best
Your flash photographs don’t need to make you look like a paparazzi! From on camera pop-up flash to radio controlled portable flash, learn how to make flash photography tolerable. Materials: digital camera and external flash

H123 – High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography
Create an amazing range of exposure in your digital images utilizing inexpensive software. Materials: digital camera and tripod

H124 – Lightroom 1 – Importing and the Library Module
How to create a Lightroom catalog, import images and work in the Library Module. In the Library Module, we’ll learn how to create templates to increase the workflow speed as well as different ways to add keywords and attributes. We will also look at the various ways to filter and sort images. Materials: none

H125 – Lightroom 2 – The Develop Module
How to enhance your images in the Develop module. We’ll cover the best ways to process, convert the images to black and white, split tone, lens corrections, and sharpening. The learned outcome will be a general overview of the Develop Module. Materials: none

H126 – The Magic of Lensbabies
The Lensbaby Lens is one of the most compelling add-on lenses for DSLR shooting. From portrait and fashion, to landscape and nature photography and right down to the smallest details, these unique lenses and optics allow you to capture your individual perspective. In this class we will each learn to use and shoot with this unique piece of glass. Each student must email by Feb 4 with their name, school and which camera (brand and model) they use so that the correct lens can be provided. Materials: a Canon EF, Nikon F, Olympus, Sony, Fuji, Pentax or Samsung camera body

H127 – Videolicious
Media outlets such as the Austin American-Statesman and The Washington Post are making use of small clips of video produced using Videolicious. When live, on-scene coverage, mixed with still images uploaded to social media is the media of choice, Videolicious, an iPhone-only app, provides an effective way to tell a story quickly. Materials: iPhone with Videolicious app installed (not available for Android)

H128 – Slit-Scan Photography
In this workshop we will explore a special effect known as slit-scan photography. But instead of using special cameras or digital techniques the emphasis will be on making creative, surprising and fun photographs with simplified equipment that we will build. Basic digital methods will also be a part of the workshop. Among the applications that we will explore are rollout, photofinish, rolling shutter and panoramic photography. Materials: digital camera


Do you want to teach a Winter Conference session? Sign up online.


Wednesday, Feb 24, 2016

6 p.m.

      Deadline to upload Picture Package, School Portfolio, Portfolio Reviews, Environmental Self-Portrait and Cropped first-round entries

ATPI Online Contest site

Thursday, Feb 25, 2016

6-9 p.m.

Reception, Quick Lessons and Vendor Show
Precision Camera

Friday, Feb 26, 2016

9 a.m.

Registration Opens
Capitol Complex Underground

9:30 a.m.

Pre-Convention Architectural Photography class
Register for H100 class on registration form

11:30 a.m.

Information meeting (for students competing in on-site contests)
On-Site Contests Begin

  • Digital Image
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Video
  • Faculty

1 p.m.

On-Site Contests

  • Cropped
  • Digital Editing

1:30 p.m.

Digital Image, Scavenger Hunt contests due

1:45 – 2:35 p.m.

  • Sessions

2:45 – 3:35 p.m.

  • Sessions
  • Portfolio Reviews

3:45 – 4:35 p.m.

  • Sessions
  • Portfolio Reviews

4:35 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Dinner on your own

6:45 – 9 p.m.

  • Awards
  • Keynote Speaker

Saturday, Feb 27, 2016

9 – 9:50 a.m.

  • Sessions
  • Portfolio Reviews

10 a.m.

Faculty and Video Contests due

10 – 11:45 a.m.

  • Hands-On Classes

noon – 1 p.m.

  • Lunch (provided)
  • ATPI Business Meeting

1:15 – 3 p.m.

  • Hands-On Classes

3:15 – 4:05 p.m.

  • Sessions

Conference T-Shirts

Working with CustomInk, ATPI has convention shirts for sale. Schools can go online and order short sleeve or long sleeve shirts with the conference logo on the front of the shirt and a manual photography cheat sheet on the back. Orders placed by Feb 8 will be available for pickup at the Winter Conference. Schools must pre-pay with a credit card. A few extra shirts will be available on-site. Include your school name in the notes on the order page to help with distribution. Short sleeve shirts are $10.07 and long sleeve shirts are $13.17. Schools should submit a single order.
Order shirts through CustomInk.

Portfolio Reviews/Contest

A200 – Advanced portfolio review/contest – Art
J200 – Advanced portfolio review/contest – PJ
This personal critique for juniors or seniors is an excellent warm-up for the Hal Fulgham Memorial Scholarship contest. Students will be critiqued on Friday afternoon or Saturday morning. Students may only sign up for one critique. $10 entry fee Materials: upload 5 to 10 images to the ATPI contest site by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, February 24.

R100 – Beginning portfolio review/contest

For those students who are just getting started and looking to further hone their photography skills, this portfolio review will offer an opportunity for beginners to have their work critiqued by photo and journalism instructors from around the state. Beginning portfolio reviews are scheduled on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning. $10 entry fee Materials: no more than 5 images uploaded to the ATPI contest site by 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb 24.

Conference Hotel

The conference hotel is now full. If you need to book rooms, please email and we’ll send you details of the overflow hotel.


On Friday we recommend cars and vans use the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage.

On Saturday, schools should park in the parking lot to the North of the 4000 Building, which is where the conference office will be located.

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