Winter Conference Arlington

The 2023 Winter Conference will take place February 24-25, 2023 in Arlington, TX. Registration will open on January 1. Early bird registration is $43 and is due by February 10. It includes lunch on both Friday and Saturday. After February 10 registration is $53 and walk-in registration is $63. Registration is capped at 300 students.

ATPI will hold an optional kick-off event Thursday night for participating schools that want to get into town early. When registering, schools can add the ATPI Social at Freeplay in Arlington on Feb. 23. This will kick-off the first in-person conference in 3 years. The social will take place 6-9 p.m. and cost is $15 per participant. The cost includes unlimited free play of more than 130 retro arcade games and a drink. Menu items are available for purchase at the arcade. Because the venue is a great photo opp with a retro vibe, there will also be a photo contest for participating schools.


Here is the program for the 2023 Winter Conference.


ATPI will offer 105-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. Any class that lists “camera” as required means either a DSLR/mirrorless or phone.

H101 – Portraiture in a New Light
Learn about the benefits of LED lighting for capturing dramatic portraits for both video and still photography. Editing tips utilizing Adobe Camera RAW will also be demonstrated. Materials: camera

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: 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: DSLR/mirrorless 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: DSLR/mirrorless 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, ProHDR, SnapSeed


On-site contests available to students and instructors.

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

H113 – Lighting on Location
Get the perfect lighting weather 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: DSLR/mirrorless camera 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: DSLR/mirrorless camera, extra lenses

H116 – Fine Art Printing
Work with different paper types and other techniques to enhance fine art inkjet prints. 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 – Using Remotes to Extend Your Photographic Coverage
Learn about the equipment you’ll need and the strategies you’ll use when setting up a radio remote to fire a second camera that will allow you to make photographs from areas where you might not normally be allowed during various sports, news, or feature events. 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 – 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: DSLR/mirrorless camera, tripod (optional)

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

H123 – Working with Apertures
From forced perspectives to selective focus, learn how your aperture settings have an impact on your photo Materials: DSLR/mirrorless 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 – Director Collaboration
Learn techniques for blocking, coverage and screen direction. Materials: none

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 – Shooting Instant Film on Large Format
Get hands-on experience using a large format camera in a studio setting with off-camera lighting. Utilizing an Instax instant film back students can view their images within minutes and take their creations home with them. Materials: none

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/mirrorless 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 – Branding a Body of Work
Learn how to select images for use in a physical or digital portfolio. Logo design, branding and marketing will be covered. Materials: 20 of your strongest images in high resolution on a USB drive

H131 – Writing for Video *NEW*
We will take a look at successful stories, talk about what made them successful, and break down some of the do’s and don’ts of writing for the screen. Will also review and discuss some of the industry standard writing software that is available. Materials: bring your own stories and time permitting, we’ll look at them and give feedback



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

Release Form

Student Release Form.

Upload the form by Feb 23, 2023 here.


Tuesday, February 21, 2023

6 p.m.

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

ATPI Online Contest site

Thursday, February 23, 2023

6 – 9 p.m.

ATPI Social and Contest at Freeplay (additional cost)

Friday, February 24, 2023

9:30 a.m.

Registration Opens

10:30 a.m.

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

11 a.m.

On-Site Contests

  • Digital Image
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Video
  • Faculty

11 – 11:50 a.m.


noon – 1:15 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

1:15 p.m.

Digital Image, Scavenger Hunt contests due

1:30 p.m.

Digital Editing and Cropped contests

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.


2:30 – 3:20 p.m.


3:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Dinner (on your own)

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Best of Texas Scholastic Photography Volume 5 unveiling and reception

6:45 – 8:45 p.m.

Keynote and awards

Saturday, February 25, 2023

9 – 9:50 a.m.

Portfolio Reviews

10 a.m.

Faculty and video contests due

10 – 11:50 a.m.

Hands-on classes

noon – 1:15 p.m.

  • Lunch (provided)
  • ATPI Business Meeting

1:15 – 3 p.m.

    Hands-On Classes

3:15 – 4:05 p.m.


4:15 p.m.

    Group photo

Conference T-Shirts

Conference Hotel

This year’s hotel block will be at the Hampton Inn & Suites, 2200 Brookhollow Plaza Dr., in North Arlington. Rooms must be blocked by Feb 15, but once the block is full we cannot add rooms.
ATPI has a block of rooms from 2/22-2/26. The rate is $109/night and includes free breakfast, WiFi and parking. With applicable taxes (and a state sales tax exempt form from the school), the total per room per night is $122.89. The block includes singles and doubles.
All rooms have coffeemakers and flat-screen televisions. Upgraded rooms include refrigerators and/or microwaves. Additional amenities include a heated indoor pool, fitness center and business center.
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.
To book rooms online use this link.
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
Feb 2022 – none
Feb 2023 – Rick Trujillo

Sponsors Have Included