Winter Conference Austin

The 2020 Winter Conference will be Feb 21-22, 2020 in Austin. There will be an open house, vendor show and mini-lessons (5:30, 6 and 6:30 p.m.) at Precision Camera on Thursday evening, February 20, from 5-7 p.m. for schools that arrive on Thursday.

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 7. Registration is $45/person for regular registration. Walk-in registration will be $55/person. No refunds after Feb 14. Registration is capped at 300 for students.


Check out the 2020 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 – Food Photography Hacks
Food always looks so yummy and perfect in commercial photos, but how do they do that? All secrets will be revealed in this tabletop hands-on workshop focused on commercial food photography and the tricks of the trade used to make food look like the superstar every time. Materials: digital camera, tripod (optional)

H109 – Off Camera Flash – Small Light, Big Impact
Learn Off Camera Flash where you control the light with camera settings and small flashes. You will learn the process and devices needed where your creativity is your only limit. Materials: Canon digital camera (the class will be working with Speedlights, so Canon cameras are required)


On-site contests available to students and instructors. The teacher must complete the registration form to add students to contests.

H110 – Creating Sports Art
Students will utilize dynamic sports portraits for athletic banners, posters, and promotional materials. Learn how to use action and posed sports photos to create Photoshop composites focusing on the skills of masking, layer blending, adding texture, text, and effects. Production options and marketability will also be covered. none

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 – A Day at The.DPP – Broken Hearts Photo Booth
Who doesn’t like a photo booth? The theme will be open heart surgery with a Valentine’s Day twist. Explore the process of conceptualizing, building, shooting and printing on location to make a successful photo booth experience. Materials: digital camera

H115 – A Day at The.DPP – Analog Dreams + The Instant Portrait
Use a Polaroid SX-70 and Polaroid Originals instant film, gels and studio strobe lighting to produce eye catching photographs. Materials: none

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


Registration is now open. Read the instructions carefully and make sure you complete both forms.

H119 – Studio Lighting Bootcamp
Interested in using strobe photography to take portraits but don’t know where to start? In this bootcamp, students will start with a one-light set up and add lights one at a time to create a classic three-light portrait. Students will also get the chance to experiment with two different types of lighting equipment available for the studio and beyond. Work with different types of light modifiers and experiment with how they change the look of a photo. Materials: digital camera, tripod (optional)

H120 – Working with Models
Learn techniques for posing a model and working with light to capture the best portrait or advertising photograph. Materials: digital camera

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

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 – 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

H125 – 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

H126 – 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.

Permission Slip

Click here to download the permission slip. Required for all students. Turn in to the registration desk on February 21, 2020.


Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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 20, 2020

5-7 p.m.

Reception, Quick Lessons and Vendor Show
Precision Camera

Friday, Feb 21, 2020

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

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

  • Dinner on your own

6:45 – 8:45 p.m.

  • Keynote Speaker
  • Awards

Saturday, Feb 22, 2020

9 – 9:50 a.m.

  • Sessions
  • Portfolio Reviews

10 a.m.

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

Ordering is now closed for shirt orders.
We will once again be offering conference shirts. Order shirts by January 31 and receive them at registration on Feb. 21.
The front of the shirt will include a view of the Capitol. The back of the shirt will have a logo and #gotmetadata.
This year’s shirts will 100% cotton in gray. Short sleeve shirts are $14 and long sleeve are $17.
When placing your order, please include school information so shirts can be sorted properly. All shirts are prepaid using PayPal/credit card. No extra shirts will be on sale at the conference.
Order shirts through this link.

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 Tuesday, February 18.

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 Tuesday, February 18.

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.
Rooms in this year’s block include double-doubles and kings with a pullout bed. 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. 30, 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 $115 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.
Book your rooms here.


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. The conference office will be located in building 3000.

ATPI Keynote Speakers

Feb 1998 – Julie Newton
Feb 1999 – Dennis Darling
Feb 2000 – Judy Walgren
Feb 2001 – Keith Carter
Feb 2002 – Danny Turner
Feb 2003 – Dirck Halstead
Feb 2004 – Susan Kae Grant
Feb 2005 – Chris Rainier, sponsored by Canon
Feb 2006 – Robb Kendrick
Feb 2007 – David Hume Kennerly, sponsored by Canon
Feb 2008 – Bill Fortney, sponsored by Nikon
Feb 2009 – Jay Kinghorn, sponsored by Olympus
Feb 2010 – Gregory Heisler, sponsored by Canon
Feb 2011 – Robb Kendrick

Feb 2012 – Sam Abell, sponsored by Canon
Feb 2013 – Elizabeth Kreutz
Feb 2014 – Kirk Tuck, sponsored by Precision Camera and Video
Feb 2015 – John Isaac
Feb 2016 – Stan Godwin
Feb 2017 – Dixie Dixon, sponsored by Nikon
Feb 2018 – James Balog, sponsored by Nikon
Feb 2019 – Brandon Thibodeaux
Feb 2020 – Donna DeCesare
Feb 2021 – Pete Souza

Sponsors Have Included