Winter Conference Arlington

The 2017 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 2017 Program is now available.


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: 3-4 comic books, 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 – 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 you will 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

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


On-site contests available to students and instructors.

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

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 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

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 10 images at least 4 Mb in file size

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: a 4 megapixel image (approximately 2500 x 1500 pixels), this image must be turned in at registration on Friday on a jump drive labeled with the student’s name and school

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 – Video Lighting Techniques
An overview of film-style lighting working with digital still cameras and HD video. Materials: DSLR with video capability

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 DaVinci Resolve
Learn tips and techniques for working with this free non-linear video editing and color correction software (for Mac and Windows) that is suitable for all classroom and studio settings. Materials: none

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 – 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

H128 – Advanced Video Storytelling
Video, whether for news or entertainment, is all about storytelling. Learn techniques on how to be a better story teller in your videos. Materials: video camera, tripod

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 22, 2017

6 p.m.

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

ATPI Online Contest site

Friday, February 24, 2017

1 p.m.

Registration Opens
UTA Architecture Building

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 25, 2017

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 26, 2017

9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

  • Awards Program

Conference T-Shirts

Order conference shirts from CustomInk by Feb 6 and you will be able to pick them up at registration on Feb 24.
The front of the shirt, which is available in both short sleeve or long sleeve, features the ATPI logo and the dates for the 2017 Winter Conference at the University of Texas at Arlington The back of the shirt will feature manual exposure guides for shutter speeds and apertures.
The cost is $8.96 for short sleeve and $12.03 for long sleeve. The shirt is 100% cotton in Antique Blue. Please include school name in the notes on all orders.
No shirts will be available for 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 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 22.

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 22.

Conference Hotel

ATPI has reserved a block of rooms at the Hampton Inn South Arlington, 1100 E Interstate 20, Arlington 76018. The double/doubles and King standard rooms are $104/night. The King suites are $124/night. The deadline for reserving rooms is Feb 1, 2017. Rates include breakfast and free wifi.
Go to the hotel website :
1. Make sure by looking at the top of screen you are on the Hampton Inn & Suites Dallas Arlington South website.
2. Towards the left of screen select your Arrival and Departure Dates.
3. Select “Check Room & Rates.”
4. Towards the left of the screen in the “Narrow Your Results” box click on “Have a Special Code?” link.
5. There will be a box that populates, input your Group Code – ATP, then select Check Rates.
You can also call the hotel directly at 817.419.3700 to book the rooms with the group code.
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.

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