Winter Conference Austin

The 31st Annual ATPI Winter Conference for students and teachers took place in Austin Feb 22-24, 2018. The 2019 Winter Conference will be Feb 22-24, 2019 in Arlington.

The Austin conference uses the Texas State Capitol Underground Complex for Friday sessions and Austin Community College Northridge Campus for Saturday classes. The conference provides on-site contests for students and teachers, along with hands-on classes related to all types of photography and video.

Early bird registration is $35/person until Feb 9. Registration is $45/person for regular registration. Walk-in registration will be $55/person. No refunds after Feb 16. Registration is capped at 300 for students and the online registration system will display how many spots are still available.


Check out the 2018 Winter Conference program.


ATPI will offer 90-minute in-depth classes Saturday at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Students and teachers should select two classes, plus two alternates, and fill in this information through the online registration form.

H101 – Tips and Tricks for Digital Imaging
Learn the basics of Adobe Photoshop, such as dodging, burning, color correction, file formats, etc. Designed for students or teachers who have limited experience with Photoshop. Materials: none

H102 – Photoshop Masking and Compositing
Explore the artistic potential of masking and compositing techniques. Designed for students or instructors with intermediate experience in Photoshop. Materials: none

H103 – Advanced Editing Workflow
Use Adobe Bridge and Photoshop to create an efficient workflow process for online and print publications. Learn how to manage, edit and maintain photos from the camera to the page. Materials: jump drive with at least 10 photos

H104 – 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

H105 – 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

H106 – Design and Composition
After a brief discussion of photographic design and aesthetics, you’ll participate in a walking tour on the ACC-Northridge campus to examine ways of seeing photographically. Materials: camera

H107 – Studio Portraiture
Lighting styles and lighting quality, posing tips and working with subjects in a formal studio setting will all be covered. Materials: camera

H108 – 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

H109 – 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

H110 – 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.

H111 – 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

H112 – Working With Apertures
From forced perspectives to selective focus, learn how your aperture settings have an impact on your photo. Materials: Camera, fast lens

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, 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 – High Dynamic Range (HDR) Photography
Create an amazing range of exposure in your digital images utilizing inexpensive software. Materials: digital camera, 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 city. 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 – 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 cameras, lenses, flash

H118 – Lightroom: Best Practices for Beginners
Learn the basics of Adobe Lightroom – creating catalogs, importing images and creating Collections and Smart Collections. Materials: USB drive with images

H119 – 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

H120 – 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

H121 – 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


Student registration is full, but teachers can still register.

H122 – 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

H123 – 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: none

H124 – Fun in the Sun ­- Rockin’ the Classics with Cyanotypes
Cyanotypes have been around since the 1840s. We will take most of the work out for you by pretreating the fabric to capture your images. Just like printing film in the lab, you will place objects or a transparency from home to make your print, expose to the sun (sun prints), then the prints are washed and dried. You are left with an awesome blue print as a souvenir. Materials: objects from home

H125 – Video for the Still Photographer
Learn how to integrate video into your online and print publications seamlessly without doubling your workload. Designed for publication students who want to add video story forms to their program. Materials: none

H126 – Social Media for Photographers
Learn how to use Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and other social media tools to promote yourself, your work or your business. Materials: smartphone with these apps installed

H127 – Sound Design Pt. 1
In part one we will focus on what microphones you should use for different scenes and practice setting up microphones for short films and broadcast interviews. Materials: camera with external microphone, tripod

H128 – Sound Design Pt. 2
In part two we will focus on creating your own sound effects using Foley sound recording. Everyone will work together so that when students leave you will have the start of your own sound library. Materials: camera with external microphone, tripod, and USB for collecting audio clips.


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


Wednesday, Feb 21, 2018

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 22, 2018

6-8 p.m.

Reception, Quick Lessons and Vendor Show
Precision Camera

Friday, Feb 23, 2018

9 a.m.

Registration Opens
Capitol Complex Underground

10 a.m.

Information meeting (for students competing in on-site contests)

10:30 a.m.

On-Site Contests Begin

  • Digital Image
  • Digital Editing
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Video
  • Faculty

10:30 – 11:10 a.m.


11:15 – 11:55 a.m.



Digital Editing, Digital Image, Scavenger Hunt contests due

1:30 p.m.

On-Site Contests

  • Cropped

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

  • Sessions

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

  • Sessions

3:30 – 4:20 p.m.

  • Sessions

4:35 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Dinner on your own

6:45 – 9 p.m.

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Awards

Saturday, Feb 24, 2018

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

4:15 p.m.

  • Group photo and conference concludes

Conference T-Shirts

We will once again be offering conference shirts through CustomInk. Order shirts by Feb. 2 and receive them at registration on Feb. 23.
The front of the shirt will include a view of the Capitol and the 2018 Winter Conference in Austin dates. The back of the shirt will have a manual photography guide.
This year’s shirts will be Tri-Blend in navy. Short sleeve shirts are $14 and long sleeve are $17.
When placing your order, please include school information so shirts can be sorted properly.
No extra shirts will be on sale at the conference.
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 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 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb 21.

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 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb 21.

Conference Hotel

This year’s hotel block will be at the Hampton Inn and Suites Northwest Arboretum Hotel. The hotel is close to The Domain, which offers shopping and dining options, and just 3 miles from the ACC-Northridge campus.
All rooms in this year’s block will be double-doubles. Rooms are available in the block on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. All rooms have coffeemakers and televisions. Complimentary wi-fi, fitness center access and breakfast is included.
Reservations MUST be made by Jan. 22, though the block may fill before that date. The rooms in our block will be released after that. After we fill the block, being able to get a room will depend upon availability.
Both types of rooms are $109 per night. You can pay with credit card or school check. Even if you pay with a school check, a credit card will be required to hold the rooms at booking. You will also need to provide your school’s tax exempt form.
Reserve rooms by contacting the hotel directly at 512.349.9898. The group code is ATP.


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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