Texas School is pleased to announce 4 exciting, virtual precon seminars on Saturday, August 29 and Sunday, August 30.  These seminars are open to everyone for the low price of $99 each, but if you register for the Texas School Home Edition or if you are rolling over your tuition from Texas School in 2020 to Texas School 2021, the price is only $49.  

Register by Midnight on Wednesday, Aug. 26!

Saturday, August 29

The Business of Headshots
Hosted by Gary Hughes

Saturday, August 29, 2020
11am Central

Join one of the foremost headshot photographers in the industry as Gary Hughes shares the secrets of how he and his wife and partner, Julie, have created a thriving photography business by standing in the shallow end of the pool and working an under-served market.

Learn marketing and pricing strategies as well as some of the techniques Gary uses to create his signature images. From beginner to expert, this program will educate, entertain and equip every attendee to take advantage of this exploding market in professional photography.

You Will learn:

  • Marketing for headshots
  • How to bid on large headshots jobs
  • Pricing structures that will increase you booking rate
  • Lighting and posing techniques that work every time
  • How to get great expression from a relaxed subject

Preparing For PPA Certification
Hosted by Steve Kozak

Saturday, August 29, 2020
10am Central to 5pm


Join Steve Kozak for an exciting one-day prep class to help you prepare for taking the “Certified Professional Photographer” exam. Steve is not only a “PPA Approved CPP Instructor”, he is also the author of the “Preparing for PPA Certification” study guide.

This live class takes you through the highlights of the curriculum found in the CPP Test Specifications as presented by PPA.

Steve’s relaxed teaching style helps you absorb the material without making you feel overwhelmed. His conversational approach to teaching the concepts have made him a popular instructor and speaker.

This one-day prep class will help you gain confidence in your knowledge of the concepts and your ability to take on the exam with a whole new outlook.Registration for the class includes a review over the most significant material with plenty of time for asking questions and clarification.

Participants will also have the opportunity to take the test on Friday at the conclusion of Texas School. Contact PPA to declare your candidacy if you plan to take the test.


Attendees registering for this class will also be able to purchase Steve’s, Preparing for PPA Certification Study Guide with a nice discount.  Purchase of the guide is completely optional and is not required for this class.

The study guide addresses each of the topics covered on the CPP Test Specifications provided by PPA. It is written in easy to understand language that feels more conversational – not technical.

The guide is created in color and is filled with illustrations and images to support the process of learning the material and preparing for the test.

The book is available for immediate download in full resolution so that you can print it yourself or simply download it to your computer, iPad, tablet or smart phone.

Purchase of the study guide also includes over nine hours of video study plus access to seven practice exams that can be taken online. Tests include an “overall” test featuring questions from the entire set of test specifications as well as individual tests from each of the six separate topics.

To purchase the study guide with a $20 savings, visit PassTheCPP.com and use the code:  TSPP

Sunday, August 30

Lightroom: Things You Gotta Know!
Hosted by Guy T Phillips

Sunday, August 30, 2020
1pm Central to 7pm

 

It’s no surprise that Adobe Lightroom is one of  the most popular photo enhancement and digital management software, and when you see and hear the Things You Gotta Know, you’ll love it even more!  Join Guy T for a day full of tips that can make you more productive, more efficient, and bring your images to life!

This program is all about understanding what Lightroom can do for you, so you can do more!

  • See the newest features demonstrated
  • Learn how to take advantage of a productive workspace
  • Uncover how to build time saving presets to help your workflow
  • Discover the key components that can improve each image
  • Identify shortcuts that increase your efficiency

and so much more! 

Note: Have your questions ready and have your computer installed with the latest version of Lightroom!

Print Competition Boot Camp
Hosted by Mark McCall

Sunday, August 30, 2020
1pm Central to 6pm

“What are the Judges looking for”? Sounds familiar, right? Follow Mark McCall’s journey into the often scary world of PPA Print Competition. Learn the tricks that have brought him success in PPA/IPC Print Competition.

We’ll turn the 12 Elements on its head and give you Mark’s version of the 12 Elements that will shake up everything you’ve been taught. This is real life, not just words on paper.

You’ll leave with the knowledge and confidence to get those print merits…and get them regularly.

You’ll learn:

  • One type of image almost always merits. Find out what it is and how to create it.
  • Two subjects are usually better than one, find out why.
  • See Mark’s SECRET WEAPON he uses in almost every competition piece he enters.
  • One thing will drive down the score of any competition print. Find out what it is and how to avoid it.
  • Learn how to squeeze an extra point or two by paying close attention to an overlooked area…the mat!!!
  • Different Levels of Competition
  • See the Juror’s Charge, the video every Juror must watch before sitting on a panel.
  • Storytelling goes a long way. Learn to tell or create a story within your image that can make a less-than-perfect image score much higher. PPA ranks Story Telling as #12 on the list of 12 Elements, but Mark has it ranked #2!!! See the completely new 12 Element List!
  • Find out what type of paper to use with what type of image.
  • What mounting material?…yes, it makes a difference.
  • Learn about printing, subject matter, where to find inspiration and most importantly, learn what the judges are looking for and what they’ll ding you for.
  • Learn to use PPA’s own rulebook in your favor to earn the coveted Photographer of the Year Award.
  • Entering client work vs shooting for Competition. Which is better? The answer will surprise you.
  • Printing your work vs entering digitally, which is better? Another shocking answer!
  • Hear a few of Mark’s funny print competition stories….real things that have happened in Print Competition.