2024 Classes and Instructors

How many classes can I sign up for?
When you attend Texas School, you are in one class with your instructor for the entire week.  When you register, you will list your top three class choices.  Many classes are in high demand and are filled on a “first come, first served” basis. Registration opens January 3rd at 11PM Central.

Great landscape photography is about making images that connect with viewers.  Learn techniques essential to the heart of landscape photography – the goal of communicating emotions and artistic vision in an image.

Presented by
Doug and Laura Bennett

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This class is specifically designed for photographers at any level, from beginners to advanced artists, who are ready to embark on a transformative journey into the captivating world of classic wall portraiture.

Presented by
William Branson III

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This class is meticulously curated to share invaluable insights and guide you through step-by-step strategies on how to grow your business from its inception to soaring 6 figures, all while capturing imagery that sets you apart from the competition. Join us as we delve into the secrets of succeeding in the lucrative world of wedding photography.

Presented by
Andre Brown

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Advanced Photoshop Tools and Techniques
Intermediate to Advanced

Whether you are a traditional photographer or a photoshop artist and compositor, having excellent photoshop skills can be a game changer. This course is designed to fill your toolbox with tools and techniques around multiple photoshop topics from basic post processing to high end compositing.

Presented by
Terri Butler

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High school seniors want to feel amazing and feature their passions. This class will work in challenging locations (outside, inside, darkness, bright sun, colorful interiors) where you will learn to read the light and adapt it to the senior’s story. Alison will cover lighting setups with modifiers, gel color, fog, and fire.

Presented by
Alison Carlino

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Learn to find usable portrait light in a natural environment. You will learn to move a subject within this light to create a beautiful portrait. Discover how and when to use flash as an assistant to natural light on location. Carl will challenge you to become a better photographer than you already are.

Presented by
Carl Caylor

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Family Portraits
Intermediate to Advanced

Learn how to use natural and artificial light to create different moods and effects, how to choose the best time and location for your shoots and how to use reflectors and light modifiers to enhance your lighting techniques.  Learn how to capture the personality and emotions of your clients and how to use themes, colors, and backgrounds to create a cohesive story. This class will transform your photography and your career.

Presented by
Michele Celentano

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Through discussion and hands on learning, this week promises a whirlwind of imagery and education. With Nature being the wide scope of study, we will include Macro, Floral, Animal and Landscape. Content from these programs will cover camera strategies that you can apply regardless of where your photographic interests may take you.

Presented by
Bob Coates

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Eventville
All Levels

This class will elevate your events to the next level. Gain a better understanding of how new products and services can set you apart in your market in the event business. Jamie will cover marketing, pricing, software, products, and sales. Learn how to print with high-volume photo stations to offer event attendees a branded photo from your business.

Presented by
Jamie Cobb

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Photoshop – Zero to Sixty in a Week
Beginning to Intermediate

In today’s photographic world, you need to do some Photoshop work on your images to stand out and to compete. Michael will take you on a whirlwind tour of the software teaching the basics and intermediate skills you need. Learn shortcuts, actions, and how to make your own brushes. By the end of the week, you will feel confident and comfortable using Photoshop.

Presented by
Michael Collins

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Explore the three key elements that comprise light – that most fundamental ingredient in any photograph. It is the balance of these three elements that defines the Quality of Light. Begin in the studio with lights that you control and then learn how to blend ambient light in your images. You’ll learn how to “find” the right ambient light and how to use lighting tools to create the light that will set the mood of your photo.

Presented by
Tony Corbell
& Rob Hull

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Enroll in this class to be personally guided toward your next level of success. Takeaways include a roadmap for building a successful business, learning how to embellish portraits, generating marketplace buzz, unique and cost-effective marketing strategies, “Trigger Marketing” concepts, stunning image creation with available light, natural group posing, and photography methods for substantial sales.

Presented by
Greg & Lesa Daniel

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In this intermediate program we will cover AI and how it can have a huge positive impact on your business. We will begin by covering how it works. We will then explore many of the tools available and go in-depth into many of them throughout the course. This will also include Large Language Models like ChatGPT and how to actually use it at an expert level.

Presented by
Scott Detweiler

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Lighting For Sales
Intermediate

Photography is a beautiful blend of art and science. It is taking a vision in your head and then knowing the recipe to create it in the camera. Recipes all start with a knowledge of ingredients and how to combine them in new and unique ways—ways that define your personal style. Join Cris and Deanna Duncan for a life changing week of defining or refining your photographic “recipes.”

Presented by
Cris & Deanna Duncan

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A successful fine art portrait photographer needs an equal balance of uniqueness, creativity, and a strong business mind. Learn how to become that creative pro photographer in this fun-filled, fine art immersion class, filled with artistic photographic creations, creative editing, business, marketing, successful sales and an abundance of creative inspiration.

Presented by
Kristi Elias

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Journey through the enchanting realms of Santa, Magical Fairies, and Fine Art Portraits. We’ll delve deep into the art of stylization, ensuring each session is meticulously crafted to capture the essence of the theme. Lighting, a crucial element, will be explored in depth, teaching you to illuminate your subjects in ways that breathe life into your images.

Presented by
Lori & Chris Fritchie

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Learn the foundations of crime scene photography, blended in with hands-on experiments within the forensic world. Mike will cover basic aspects of how to capture a crime scene, to processing for fingerprints and capturing them, to understanding how each item on a crime scene should be captured as well as processed.

Presented by
Mike Fulton

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In today’s world, good commercial photographers are busier than ever because they know the business of good photography. By taking this class, not only will you learn more than “just the basics”, but you will learn how to apply those basics to other projects that will put your knowledge above the You-tubers and other amateur photographers.

Presented by
Joe Glyda

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Portraiture The Güd Way
Intermediate to Advanced

Want to achieve the best quality prints of your images? Learn the complete workflow that goes into capturing, enhancing, and printing portraits. Capture to take advantage of the dynamic range of your camera, edit to retain the necessary tonal range in your prints, and print on the medium that translates your vision to reality. PG will share his award-winning portrait creation secrets.

Presented by
PG Gudapati

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Learn how to use simple LED flashlights to create masterpiece works of art.  Discover the complexities of lighting a subject with dozens, and sometimes hundreds, of individually lit images. Learn how to skillfully and efficiently blend the images into a single photograph that can’t be done with any other type of image capture. Expand your business and have fun making art.

Presented by
John Hartman

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Capturing Success: The Fusion of Business and Photography is an immersive program designed to equip you with the skills, techniques, and mindset necessary to excel in both the artistic and business aspects of photography. Embark on this transformative journey and unleash your full potential as a successful photographer.

Presented by
Jamie Hayes
& Mary Fisk-Taylor

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Learn how to create stunning portraits as Elizabeth and Trey cover topics such as Environmental Lighting, Studio Lighting, Posing Individuals and Families, and Composing for the Wall Portrait. They will also cover, Selling Wall Portraits and Albums, Increasing your Sales Averages, Marketing for year-round success, Branding yourself, and Pricing for Profit. Be prepared for a ton of inspiration and ideas.

Presented by
Elizabeth & Trey Homan

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The Secrets to Success
Beginning to Intermediate

What does it take to become a successful professional photographer? Steve Kozak will take you through all aspects of using natural light, proper metering, off-camera flash and more. You will gain a wealth of knowledge for creating images at a professional level and how to find clients, price and sell your work so that you can keep on doing what you love. It will forever change the way you look at professional photography.

Presented by
Steve Kozak

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Jenn Lewis covers everything seniors, from influencer teams done right, how to properly prepare your clients to spend money, creating an incredible experience for your seniors that will get them telling their friends how much fun they had, how to feed into your senior business, and how to increase your revenue to make a comfortable living with this job we love so much.

Presented by
Jenn Lewis

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Discover how to boost your business’s profitability by incorporating drones. Learn how to effectively price your drone footage, whether it’s stunning photos, captivating videos, or a combination of both. Explore the diverse range of industries that rely on drones and be amazed by the countless opportunities available.

Presented by
Robert Norwood
& Glenda Beckwith

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Sandra will explain how to turn your photography into beautiful art pieces using Photoshop.  She will cover, How to use the tools in Photoshop to paint, the use of painting in Photoshop to enhance regular retouching and how to paint people and animals. Learn how the mixer brush works to create backgrounds and painting and the different modes and tools to use for painting with Photoshop.

Presented by
Sandra Pearce

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Guy T Phillips will help you get your life back as you learn tips and techniques that can make your workflow more productive and more efficient than you ever thought possible. PLUS, you will learn tips to improve your editing skills that will take your images to a whole new level. Discover how spending less time editing will give you more time to do things that really matter!

Presented by
Guy T Phillips

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A FINER ART PORTRAITURE AWAKENING
Intermediate to Advanced

This intense hands-on course will cover the effective use of the core Portrait photographer’s “toolbox” (Camera, Lens, Light, Props, Posing, etc.) that consistently results in Powerful Portraits. Learn to shoot Editorial, Environmental, Glamour and Boudoir during the class using all types of lighting. The class will also cover fundamental portraiture-based approaches in Adobe LR and PS.

Presented by
Kelly & Kalina Schneider

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The Artist Within
Intermediate to Advanced

In this class, students will learn how to become more artistic, how to see things from a different view. You will learn different ways to get your creativity flowing and where to look for inspiration beyond photography, as well as learning some great Photoshop tips, tricks, blending and creating beautiful art pieces in Photoshop. Learn Kimberly’s process from the first thought to the final detail and learn how to bring to light, your artist within.

Presented by
Kimberly Smith Pennebaker

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During this class students can expect to learn the ins and outs of Shannon’s award-winning styling for Children’s Fine Art Portraits. Learn everything from styling children’s portraits, where to find wardrobe, lighting and posing children, editing and post-production start to finish, some small compositing to add something a little extra to your images and how to market and sell your fine art.

Presented by
Shannon Squires

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Conception and the ability to dream up a visual idea or to tell visual story that is original and unique to your vision is priceless. Equally important is the ability to bring it all together is such a way that it is beautiful and meaningful to the viewer. In this class, you will learn how to create concepts that reflect who you are and how to execute them and most of all finish them in such a beautiful way.

Presented by
Richard Sturdevant
& Tanya Long

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The Video Production Class has become a tradition the entire school enjoys. Topics include: basic and advanced camera techniques on traditional video and DSLR cameras, non-linear editing, lighting and sound for video, and computer graphics. Also includes wedding, industrial, and corporate video ideas.

Presented by
Steve Watson

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Learn to use the tools and multiple methods to enhance, correct and polish images …saving time and money! Learn “Real World” techniques used by the best Photoshop users! This class will enable you to communicate more intelligently with your lab as well as provide money saving skills for individuals who edit their own work!

Presented by
John Wilson

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Learn photographic lighting techniques and tips in this hands-on lighting class. During this class, you will discover how to create dramatic lighting using only available light.  This allows you to create a variety of eye-catching looks with surprisingly simple methods. Additionally, learn how to combine ambient light with a one-light set up. Learn to create extraordinary results that defy expectations.

Presented by
Audrey Woulard

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Pre-con Classes: Saturday, April 27

Texas School is pleased to announce 7 exciting Pre-con classes on Saturday, April 27. Registration is only $59 with your Texas School Registration. The price for non-attendees is $99. All classes begin at 10AM and end at 5PM.

Registration Opens January 3rd at 11PM

All sales are final and no refunds will be given on Pre-con class registration.