Summer Workshop 2020

The ATPI Summer Workshop for Instructors Only has offered specialized instruction to over 880 teachers for more than 27 years. This three-and-a-half day workshop allows teachers to choose from one of several tracks, providing opportunities for improving personal skills and classroom activities. Teachers from all curriculum areas (art, journalism, industrial technology, vocational education) make new friends and learn from each other in a relaxed, fun atmosphere.

Because of health concerns, the decision has been made to conduct the 2020 Summer Workshop virtually. The workshop is free for all 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 ATPI members. If you are not a member you can join here for $20 and participate in this summer workshop. You must register for a specific class but will be able to join all three if you wish. Information on accessing the online class will only be sent to teachers that have pre-registered.


  • June 14-17, 2020


  • free for ATPI members – join ATPI for $20


  • Online instruction
  • Opportunity for one-to-one coaching and feedback
  • Contest and prizes


Register for one of these classes using the registration form but you may participate in all three classes if you wish.

This class will break down the essential points of cinematography to teach in your classroom. The goal will be to get you comfortable with the concepts of lighting, camera movement, and composition for video production. We will also look at some film concepts that will challenge you and your students in fun way. All of this will be done through hands-on activities and we will share all of our lessons for you to take back to your own classrooms at the end of the workshop.
You’ll need a DSLR camera and a computer. The instructors will survey teachers that register to determine exactly what you have access to at home.
This class will be led by Kyle Juntunen, broadcast adviser at Allen High School, Allen, and John Skees, Director of Media, Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, Fort Worth.

Photo Bootcamp
Whether you’re more often seen calculating bellows factor for the Cooke 13” lens on your Deardorff or adjusting the selfie-stick on your iPhone, the back-to-basics Bootcamp class is designed to help you demystify the world of digital photography for those inquiring minds you face each August. You’ll gain the knowledge, tools, and confidence you need – all without having to watch a 14-year-old expert on YouTube each night before class.
We’ll cover: Making connections and fostering an organic learning environment; Where to start? – It’s like a foreign language!; How do digital cameras create images?; ISO, Aperture, Shutter – exposure’s not really a triangle, you know; Focal length, aperture, and depth of field all brought into focus; Motion control: freeze or flow?; Aperture control: It’s okay to be shallow; Histograms without the hysteria; Exposure Modes – the good, the bad and the ugly; Composition beyond the Rule of Thirds. All of this and more!
Have an open mind, a camera, battery and charger, a flash, a computer and any extra lenses you have. The instructors will survey teachers that register to determine exactly what you have access to at home.
This class will be led by Jeff Grimm, retired photography teacher from Trinity High School in Euless, and Ian McVea, former photo editor for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram and now a photography teacher at Martin High School, Arlington.

If a picture is worth a thousand words, be prepared to create a novel in this storytelling class. Each instructor will dive deep into a visual narrative that both challenges their skills and pushes the limits of creativity.
The hands-on class involves shooting storytelling images, reviewing and editing work, and hearing feedback from peers. We’ll learn new tricks of the trade and practice alternative methods along the way. The group will also discuss how to bring these tools to your students, with any camera, film or digital camera; DSLR, Mirrorless or phone camera.
Have your camera, extra lenses, a computer and a tripod. The instructors will survey teachers that register to determine exactly what you have access to at home.
This class will be led by John Knaur, retired senior marketing manager for Olympus America, and Leah Waters, journalism adviser at Heritage High School, Frisco.


Please read this schedule carefully. The sessions will not be recorded so you will need to be able to join us at these times. All times are Central time. ATPI, thanks to TAPPS, will be using GoToMeeting for all class sessions.

Sunday, June 14

3:00 p.m. – Opening and introductions, overview of the workshop
3:30 p.m. – Bootcamp overview and first lesson
• How Digital Cameras Capture and Process Images
• The Exposure Trinity in 15–minutes
4:00 p.m. – Storytelling overview and first lesson
• Overview of class with illustrations of Storytelling images
• The basic components of a photo story.
• Setting the Place/Story in an Opening Shot.
• Detail shots to enhance or explain the story.
• Pay off shot that completes and elevates the story.
4:30 p.m. – Cinematography overview and first lesson
• Making pictures move, highlighting the importance of camera moves, lighting and how to set up a DSLR for video.

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakouts

Monday, June 15

9:00 – 9:45 a.m. – Storytelling
The opening shot sets the place or mood for the story. Discussion of story ideas that can be done in your location.
~ Will include assignments~

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. – Cinematography
Lighting a scene.

10:30 – 11:15 a.m. – Bootcamp
Camera settings and exposure modes
Recommendations for how to adjust menu settings on your cameras for the best possible in–camera results, including: file formats; file sizes; card–formatting methods; picture style; color space; autofocus points, autofocus methods; image stabilization; drive; exposure modes

11:15 a.m. – noon – Cinematography
Camera movement.

1:00 – 1:45 p.m. – Bootcamp
Lenses and Aperture
A discussion of the physics behind focal length with the goal of applying it to creating the desired look and feel of the resulting photograph. Aperture arguably affects the look of an image more than either of the other two exposure controls: ISO and shutter speed. What is the science behind it? How does it affect the “look” of the photograph? How does it affect sharpness, exposure and that mysterious “bokeh?”
~ Will include assignments~

2:00 – 2:45 p.m. – Storytelling
Adding Detail shots to define and enhance the story.
After achieving the opening shot start filling in the story with detail shots that inform and add “color” and clarity to the story. This will be several images so think of your lighting and how the images interact with the total story.
~ Will include assignments~

3:00 – 3:45 p.m. – Cinematography
Working with audio.
~ Will include assignments~

4:00 – 4:45 p.m. – Bootcamp
Shutter Speed
From catching a milk drop in mid–air to long exposures that make water look like cotton candy, shutter speed can dramatically affect the look of a photo. A discussion of how that one little control affects exposure, look and feel of an image by controlling the degree of apparent motion.
~ Will include assignments~

5:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Storytelling
The Closing Shot
Work on a shot that will provide the climax to the story, bringing it home to the viewer. This should be the most powerful shot and complete the story visually.
~ Will include assignments~

7:00 – 8:00 p.m. – Breakouts

Tuesday, June 16

Office Hours and Workday – Instructors will be available for questions, critiques and feedback.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Bootcamp
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. – Storytelling
10:30 – noon – Cinematography
1:00 – 1:30 p.m. – Bootcamp
1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Storytelling
2:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Bootcamp
2:30 – 3:00 p.m. – Storytelling
3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Bootcamp
4:00 – 5:00 p.m. – Storytelling
5:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Bootcamp

7 p.m. – Cropped – A little competition for teachers. There may be prizes.

Wednesday, June 17

Class Wrap–Up

Each group will have an hour of class time. This is for wrap–up, class critique and Q&A. All assignments due prior to class time.

9:00 – 10:00 a.m. – Cinematography
10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Bootcamp
11:00 a.m. – noon – Storytelling

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Show and Tell
We’ll wrap up the workshop with presentations from each group.


This is an overview of the schedule. Please refer to the more detailed schedule in the column to the left. All times are CDT.

Sun, June 14
3 – 3:30 p.m. Introductions
3:30 – 5 p.m. Overview and First Lessons for all classes
7 – 8 p.m. Breakouts

Mon, June 15
9 a.m. – noon Scheduled Class Sessions
1 – 5:30 p.m. Class
7 – 8 p.m. Breakouts

Tue, June 16
9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Workday and Office Hours
7 – 8 p.m. Cropped Contest for Teachers

Wed, June 17
9 a.m. – noon Scheduled Class Sessions
1 – 3 p.m. Wrap-up, awards and show-and-tell