The 2024 ATPI Winter Conference will take place in Austin March 1-2, 2024. Classes and on-site contests on Friday will take place at the Texas Capitol Underground Complex. Saturday classes will be at Austin Community College Highland Campus. The keynote and awards will be Friday evening. Full details will be posted in December.
Early bird registration is $35/person until Feb 9. Registration is $45/person for regular registration. Walk-in registration will be $55/person. No refunds after Feb 21. Registration includes a Saturday box lunch. Registration is capped at 300 for students.
A Code of Conduct form will need to be submitted for each attendee prior to the convention. The form can be downloaded from the link below.
ATPI also suggests the following to all teachers:
– Consider encouraging students to take a rapid test 72 hours before leaving for the convention.
– Consider purchasing at least one rapid antigen COVID-19 test to bring to the convention.
– Every participant should upload a signed Code of Conduct form. Contact email@example.com with any questions.
– Bring extra masks for students who may lose or damage theirs at the convention.
– Make sure you have a medical release form for each of your students so you will have the ability to seek medical treatment if that should be necessary.
– Consider having a plan in writing for what steps you will take if a student experiences symptoms on the trip. Distribute this plan to parents. It should include the following at minimum:
– Students (or adult chaperones) experiencing symptoms should isolate themselves in their room. Any roommates should be moved to another room.
– Contact the student’s parents as well as ATPI Vice President John Skees (firstname.lastname@example.org) so we can determine if other students were exposed.
– Parents should make immediate arrangements for any student experiencing symptoms to return home as soon as possible at their own expense to prevent spread.
The 2024 Winter Conference program will be available to download in late February.
Registration will open in December.
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 – Capturing High Speed Moments
Photography can be a tool of measurement and visualization of “invisible” events. In this session, the focus will be on the application and demonstration of photography to visualize and make measurements of high speed events with simplified equipment. Learn about high-speed flash photography, stroboscopic techniques, frequency, velocity, event duration recorded with basic cameras, and low-cost, ingenious imaging solutions. 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: USB 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, black/dark clothing
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)
H110 – Working with Portable Flash
Learn techniques for controlling multiple portable strobes using flash and wireless remotes. Materials: digital camera
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, VSCO, ProHDR, SnapSeed
H114 – 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
H115 – 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)
H116 – Working with Models
Learn techniques for posing a model and working with light to capture the best portrait or advertising photograph. Materials: digital camera
Check out the pre-conference and on-site contests available for students and teachers.
Sign up to teach a session at the Winter Conference.
H117 – 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. Capture photographs from areas where you might not be normally allowed during various sports, news or feature events. Materials: none
H118 – 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
H119 – Photographing in a Tiny World
Learn how to capture the essence of tiny scenes by immersing yourself in little magical setups. Lighting, compositional, prop sourcing and styling techniques will take your skills to a level larger than life. Materials: 18-55mm kit lenses are perfect for this workshop, zoom lenses and primes over 50mm are not ideal. Tripods are helpful but are not required.
H120 – Architectural Photography
Go out into the field and learn some of the skills required for photographing architectural interiors and exteriors. Materials: digital camera
Featured Sessions from the RTF Department at Austin Community College
The faculty and staff of the Radio-Television-Film Department at Austin Community College is proud to show off their facilities in this selection of courses. Students registering for these classes will be able to use the same equipment and studios as the college students. No open toed shoes, high heels or hard soled shoes can be worn in the studios or labs. No food or drink in any of the facilities.
H121 – Multicam Live-to-Tape Production with Chromakey
A hands-on workshop in the new ACC RTF multi-cam TV production studio. Students will learn all the jobs in a TV live-to-tape production from TV cameras, audio board, graphics and the Ross Carbonite Video Switcher to record a mock news – weather segment that involves chroma key. Materials: none
H122 – Five Ways to Change Exposure – Without Touching the Camera
Learn what the G & E teams bring to a film production. If the DP wants a specific DOF, but doesn’t want to change ISO, Aperture or Shutter speed – the Gaffer and Key Grip will come to the rescue. It’s all about controlling light. Learn basic grip skills, and manipulating quality and properties of light. Materials: bring your own DSLR or mirrorless video capable camera (optional)
H123 – Creating Pick-Your-Own-Adventure Storytelling
Learn all about the cutting edge of interactive storytelling – a demo of STORYAWAY software and workflow that helps in the creation of your “choose your own adventure” user driven videos. Topics will include writing approaches to interactive fiction, live streaming, and even VR. Materials: none
H124 – Exploring the R in R-T-F: Creative Podcasting
Add onto your multimedia skill set by learning how to set up and run professional Podcasting sessions. Students will have the opportunity to learn all about audio and video podcasting. Seminar includes a quick overview of Adobe Audition and some basic principles to consider when developing a new show. See how it’s done in an actual Podcast booth – and learn tips on how to create great shows at home. Materials: none
Featured Sessions from The.DPP at Austin Community College
The.DPP is producing a select group of courses that showcase what their program offers to creatives interested in photography and visual media. Here at The.DPP, students learn the skills and dexterity needed to have a meaningful career and creative practice. Join us for a day in the life of a DPP student by registering for our workshops.
H125 – A Day at The.DPP – Die Hard Photo Booth
Who doesn’t love a photo booth? Join us for this year’s theme- a death-defying skyline inspired by the classic film, Die Hard! Explore the process of conceptualizing, building, shooting and printing on location to create a successful photo booth experience incorporating generative AI imagery with traditional photography. Materials: Digital camera
H126 – 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
H127 – A Day at The.DPP – Medium Format Digital + High Speed Sync
Stop motion in its tracks! Capture intricate details of motion with clarity and precision. Join us to explore the possibilities of medium format digital photography and high speed sync in the studio. Materials: none
H128 – A Day at The.DPP – Atlas of Plastic Lay Flat Workshop
In this workshop we will examine where we live and look at what we leave behind by making art out of it. In the studio at The.DPP, we will learn about flat lay photography and make photographs of your plastic arranged on a flat surface. A great exercise to contemplate our way of life while practicing photographic composition and storytelling. Materials: The Atlas of Plastic is a project that links plastic trash to a time and place through collection and photography. If you plan to attend this workshop, please collect the trash around a given location (like the street where you live, your school or anywhere specific) and make note of the date and location. Be careful not to pick up anything that looks suspicious or dangerous and wear gloves. Properly dispose of the non-plastic trash and bag up the plastic for our project.
Code of Conduct Agreement
Thursday, February 8, 2024
Hotel reservation deadline
Friday, February 9, 2024
Early bird registration deadline
Tuesday, February 27, 2024
Deadline to upload Picture Package, School Portfolio, Portfolio Reviews, Environmental Self-Portrait and Cropped first-round entries.
ATPI Online Contest site
Friday, March 1, 2024
Texas State Capitol
Capitol Complex Underground
Information meeting (for students competing in on-site contests)
On-Site Contests Begin
- Digital Image
- Scavenger Hunt
11 – 11:50 a.m.
- Digital Image and Scavenger Hunt contests due
- Digital Editing
1:30 – 2:20 p.m.
2:30 – 3:20 p.m.
3:30 – 4:20 p.m.
5 – 7 p.m.
- Keynote Speaker
Saturday, March 2, 2024
Austin Community College – Highland Campus
8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
- College and Vendor Show
9 – 9:50 a.m.
- Portfolio Reviews
- Video Contests due
10 – 11:45 a.m.
- Hands-On Classes (pre-registered)
noon – 1 p.m.
- Lunch (provided)
- ATPI Business Meeting
1:15 – 3 p.m.
- Hands-On Classes (pre-registered)
3:15 – 4:05 p.m.
- Group photo and conference concludes
Conference T-Shirts and Hoodies
We will once again be offering conference shirts. If you aren’t attending the conference you can still order a shirt and include money for shipping.
Instructors may choose to direct students to the order site and have them pay individually (include the school name in the order) or order for everyone at once.
The shirts are a dark grey tri-blend in either short sleeve or long sleeve. The short sleeve is $18.34 and the long sleeve is $24.89. A small fee is added for credit card payments.
Orders MUST BE placed by February 9, 2024.
Order through Custom Ink at this link.
This year’s hotel block will be at the Holiday Inn Midtown Austin. The hotel is just across the street from the ACC-Highland campus as well as multiple dining options.
The block contains singles and doubles. Rooms are available in the block on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. All rooms have coffeemakers, mini-refrigerators and televisions. Complimentary wi-fi, fitness center access and a breakfast buffet is included. Rate is $129/night.
The link for reserving rooms will be available in December.
On Friday we recommend cars and vans use the Capitol Visitors Parking Garage.
On Saturday, schools can park in the parking garage connected to the campus. If you are bringing a bus, please email us for parking instructions.
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 – no keynote
Feb 2023 – Rick Trujillo
March 2024 – William Snyder