Winter Conference Arlington

The 2020 Winter Conference will take place February 21-22, 2020 in Austin, TX. This page will be updated in early December with all registration information.


Check out the 2019 program!


ATPI will offer 90-minute in-depth classes Saturday at 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Students and teachers should select two classes, plus two alternates, and fill in this information through the online registration form.

H101 – Comic Book Art with Photoshop
Use Adobe Photoshop to create amazing works of art. Learn experimental image blending, alternative methods of making filter/textures, the exciting new method of scaling, duplicating layers and basic masking. Handouts provided. Materials: USB drive

H102 – Advanced Photoshop Techniques
This class assumes at least one year of experience with Photoshop and will look at additional techniques for editing images. Materials: USB drive with 10-15 images

H103 – 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, black/dark clothing, tripod

H104 – Video Interviewing 101
Students learn the fundamentals of preparing for and conducting a video interview that includes more than just asking good follow-up questions but also includes framing and lighting. Materials: video camera or DSLR with video capability, 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 UTA 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 – Pinhole Photography
Learn how to make and use pinhole cameras. Materials: none

H109 – 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

H110 – 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


On-site contests available to students and instructors.

H111 – 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

H112 – Architectural Photography
Go out into the field and learn some of the skills required for photographing architectural interiors and exteriors. Materials: digital camera

H113 – Lighting on Location
Get the perfect lighting whether dealing with the bright sun of a daytime football game to the night lights. 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

H114 – Working with Portable Flash
Learn techniques for controlling multiple portable strobes using external flash and pocket wizards. Materials: digital camera

H115 – Sports Photography
Learn ways to cover sports in the gym. Materials: digital camera, extra lenses

H116 – Fine Art Printing
Work with different paper types to learn the basics of inkjet printing. Materials: USB drive with 8-10 images, preferably in RAW, PSD, or TIFF format

H117 – Cyanotype Large Scale Imagery
A classic alternative photography process that dates to the 1840’s, this fun and inexpensive process produces a blue image on paper or fabric. Students will learn how to create a negative, coat, dry, and expose large pieces of fabric to create body portraits. Materials: none

H118 – 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

H119 – Advanced Screenwriting
Students get an introduction to the art and magic of writing for the big screen. Develop a concept in seven sentences and learn how to put it into visual form. Materials: none

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

H121 – Lightroom Power Skills
Have you worked with Lightroom but are ready to discover some of its secrets? This class is designed for someone who already knows the program but is ready to take advantage of some of the more powerful features of the Library, Develop and Print modules. Materials: USB drive with at least 10 RAW images

H122 – Working with Models
Learn techniques for posing a model and working with light to capture the best portrait or advertising photograph. Materials: digital camera

H123 – Working with Apertures
From forced perspectives to selective focus, learn how your aperture settings have an impact on your photo Materials: camera, fast lens

H124 – Wetplate Photography
Learn the process and technique of making a modern version of the Tintype, which was first produced during the 1850’s. Students will learn how to pour, shoot and develop a portrait that they will be able to take home. Limited to one student per school. Materials: none required, but bring costumes for your portrait

H125 – Cinematography Camera Techniques
Three basic things used in cinematography – composition, lighting and camera movement. Students will not only learn these three concepts, but each school will build a do-it-yourself slider unit to take home. Materials: video camera or DSLR with video capability

H126 – Black and White Photograms
Experience the sights and smells of the darkroom by creating your own images worthy of Man Ray. Learn how light impacts photographic paper. Materials: bring personal items that are solid, translucent or transparent to use in the darkroom

H127 – Casting for Beginners
Students will participate in a hands-on “mock” casting scenario and explore the ins and outs of how casting can change the story you are telling. This workshop focuses on representation and diversity. Materials: video camera or DSLR with video capability, tripod, laptop (if possible)

H128 – Cinematography Techniques for Advanced Students
This hands-on workshop is designed to give intensive experience with the technical properties of high-definition video camera and better understanding of the video image making from the aesthetic application to hands on experience. Materials: video camera or DSLR with video capability

H129 – Photoshop Workflow
A basic workflow for editing photographs for publications can help improve all of the images in your yearbook, newspaper or magazine. Materials: none

H130 – 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


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


Wednesday, February 20, 2019

6 p.m.

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

ATPI Online Contest site

Friday, February 22, 2019

1 p.m.

Registration Opens

2:30 p.m.

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

3:15-5:45 p.m.

On-Site Contests/Sessions

  • Digital Image
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Video
  • Advanced Portfolio Reviews
  • General Sessions

Saturday, February 23, 2019

8:30 a.m.

  • Opening session for late arrivals

9:00 – 9:50 a.m.

On-Site Contests/Sessions

  • Digital Editing
  • Cropped
  • Faculty Digital
  • General Sessions

10 – 10:50 a.m.

  • General Sessions
  • Portfolio Reviews
  • Video contest due

11 – 11:50 a.m.

  • General Sessions
  • Portfolio Reviews

noon – 1:15 p.m.

  • Lunch (provided)
  • ATPI Business Meeting

1:30 – 3 p.m.

  • Hands-On Classes

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

  • Hands-On Classes

Sunday, February 24, 2019

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

  • Keynote speaker

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Awards Program

Conference T-Shirts

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 6 p.m. on Wednesday, February 20.

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 Saturday morning. $10 entry fee Materials: no more than 5 images uploaded to the ATPI contest site by 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb 20.

Conference Hotel

ATPI has reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn South Arlington, 1100 E Interstate 20, Arlington 76018. The double/doubles are $119/night. The King studio rooms are $109/night. The deadline for reserving rooms is Jan 24, 2019. Rates include breakfast and free wifi.
To book rooms online use this link.
You can also call the hotel directly at 817.419.3700 to book the rooms. Ask for the ATPI 2019 Winter Conference group rate.
Students must be in their hotel rooms by midnight. The hotel reserves the right to remove disruptive guests.


During the ATPI Winter Conference, all vehicles must display a UTA parking permit. A link to complete the form and print out the permit will be posted shortly.

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