The I Heart Photography Conference and Expo kicks off Friday morning with a variety of hands-on Excursions. Excursions are your opportunity to bring your camera and work in a small group setting with a coach who will guide you through the process of creating outstanding images. Coaches will help you as much or as little as you like. We have a variety of Excursions that are sure to get your creative energy flowing. Excursions are held off-site and require an addition fee. Transportation to and from each Excursion is not included.
AT&T Stadium Photo Shoot
Hosted by Tony Corbell
Friday, October 12
Excursion Fee: $89 (includes admission into the stadium)
This is an unprecedented opportunity to photograph inside AT&T Stadium. This landmark home of the Dallas Cowboys has granted an extraordinary exception to i-Heart Photography participants to photograph throughout the stadium without the usual camera and lens restrictions.
Join our “coaches” as they take you throughout the stadium to help you find the best images, the best angles and the best exposures. Prefer to discover your own images in your own way? Your coach will help you as little or as much as you want.
This is not the usual tour of the stadium, this is truly a photo session with rare access throughout. Bring your camera and a tripod and be prepared to come away with some breathtaking images.
AT&T Stadium in Arlington
Check out this article by Scott Kelby and his experience photographing inside AT&T Stadium.
Meet the Instructor:
Tony Corbell’s craft began as simply a job. For almost two years he really didn’t care about the photograph. He cared about the hours he worked weekly and the paycheck. Then something snapped. He got better. He started caring about the client. 39 years later, he is recognized as one trying to help make a difference for others in photography throughout the world.
Welcome to the Jungle of Wildlife Photography
Hosted by Dennis Kelley
Friday, October 12
Excursion Fee: $89 (includes admission to the Ft. Worth Zoo. Does not include parking.)
Dennis Kelley is known for his unique story telling imagery of people and animals. Like Singer-Songwriter Axl Rose was told once, “Welcome to the Jungle!” Whether Dennis is building a story when all has been lost on the city streets, or immortalizing one of nature’s beast forever tamed within our concrete jungle, he breathes nature’s story into every image.
If you love photographing wildlife, either in their natural environment, game parks or in a zoo, this workshop is for you. Dennis will give you tips and techniques to take your wildlife photography to the next level. Key topics will include: lens choice, telephoto extenders, filters, timing, focus presets, seasons and his own unique thought process on planning a photo safari.
Join Dennis for some wild safari adventures at the Fort Worth Zoo as we trek through 450 acres of rolling hills, creek beds, and magnificent like oak trees and witness over 500 animals from 40 exotic, native and endangered animal species. Bring your gear and your laptop as you travel thru the park multiple times and spend time reviewing, editing and improving your images. Get ready for an adventure of a lifetime—African Safari, Texas-Style.
Admission to the Ft. Worth Zoo is included in the registration Fee. Participants will need to pay for parking. We will also be able to get close up with the gibbons, peacocks, kangaroos and giraffes in the Walk-A-Bout area. This is the adventure you’ve been waiting for, with the added benefit of some great photography education.
Fort Worth Zoo
Meet TPPA Member, Dennis Kelley:
Dennis Kelley is an award-winning, published professional photographer who lives in San Antonio, Texas. He loves all genres of photography, but focuses mostly on sports and wildlife photography.
When Dennis was a child, his father worked as a photographer for the National Weather Service in Oklahoma. His father’s stories and images spurred his interest in photography. After growing up using film cameras and many hours in the darkroom, Dennis originally pursued photography as a hobby after entering the police academy. After 20 successful years in law enforcement, Dennis decided to retire and continue his pursuit of photography as a professional. Dennis enjoys volunteering his time to several organizations, teaching others, and is always looking for the opportunity to capture the true beauty of nature and life. When not behind the lens, Dennis enjoys mountain biking, kayaking, music, and his greatest treasure… his 11-year-old son.
Dennis’ work has been recognized at local and state print competitions, being awarded the “Texas Top 10” for consecutive years. His work has also been accepted into the prestigious PPA “Loan Collection” and has been awarded PPA Gold Photographer of the Year.
Dennis currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Professional Photographers of San Antonio. He earned a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences from Texas State University and a Master of Science from Sam Houston State University.
On Location Architectural Shooting Tricks and Techniques for Magazine Quality Images
Friday, October 12th,
9:30am – 1:30pm
Excursion Fee: $67
Whether you’re photographing a room for an architectural magazine, for a real-estate ad, or for an interior decorator, interior/exterior spaces present a variety of photographic challenges.
This on location workshop will go step by step working through real world problems of composition, staging and lighting of interior and exterior spaces to make them look their best. Ethan will discuss and demonstrate his techniques and gear that give his signature look using professional strobe lighting, exposure bracketing and utilizing tilt shift lenses for that magazine cover quality image. Ethan also tackles the tricky challenges like: how do you adjust exposure to capture interior details without overexposing the windows?
Ethan is an Austin based commercial photographer, he photographs some of the World’s most compelling architectural spaces. He specializes in Architectural Photography, Interiors Photography, Hotel and Resort Photography and is a FAA licensed Aerial Photographer.
What you should know – A working knowledge of your DSLR. It would be good if you have a working knowledge using flash/strobes.
Ethan’s clients include:
Bridgid Coulter Design, Eric Cohler Design NYC, Barclay Butera Design, Willman Interiors, Four Seasons Hotels, Hilton Hotels, University of Texas at Austin, Hawaiian Airlines and Concierge Auctions
Ethan’s images have been featured in the following publications:
Architectural Digest, American-Architects, Architect Magazine, Forbes Magazine, National Geographic, Discovery, CNN Travel, Hana Hou Magazine (Hawaiian Airlines In-flight Magazine), Old Farmers Almanac, Luxury Home Magazine, Christie’s International Magazine
Ethan was voted the 2013 Photography For Real Estate (PFRE) Photographer of the Year, June 2013 Monthly PFRE Contest and the July 2012 Monthly PFRE Contest Winner. If you are interested in one on one coaching please let Ethan know.
Play With Your Food!
Hosted by Malinda Julien
Friday, October 12th
9:30AM to 1:30PM
Excursion Fee: $67
Your mother told you not to play with your food; but we encourage it!
Food photography is about architecture and portraiture brought together to elicit a response of desire.
Join Malinda Julien for a fun filled food photography day!
We’ll begin with some basics about how to approach food photography, what equipment you need, styling and composition, along with lighting techniques and different styles. Ambient lighting, on location style or strobe in the studio, all types of lighting will be covered. We will talk about post processing, learning about the “hero” and “gold standard” shot, prop food versus real food, regulations in advertising when it comes to food. Learn to shoot on location or in a studio (we’ll have studio lighting there)
Food is the hot subject both on television and on all social media. Learn how to visit with the restaurants and food suppliers in your area about their needs and show them how you could be beneficial.
We will have hands on for those who want to give it a try – bring what equipment you have.
Enjoy playing with two great loves, photography and food!
Meet the speaker, Malinda Julien:
I am a commercial photographer based in Dallas/Fort Worth. Our company is a partnership of the entire family. I spend a lot of time working in the food industry – both for restaurants and magazines.
Photographing food, either on location or in the studio is always a challenge. Melting, wilting and getting that hero shot is always fraught with pending doom! I thrive on this teeter-totter of fun!
Beginning photography with a Kodak Brownie my PaPaw gave me in the 60’s and moving through all the wonderful facets of photography since, I still have the same thrill every time I see a photograph and it is exactly what I had envisioned! I became a full time professional photographer in the 80s, raised both my boys in the business and now they are also photographers with our company. My Grandfather was a portrait photographer in South Texas and I grew up watching him hand tint black and whites. I still know how to do this and it lead to working in restorations.
I am the 2017 president of our local guild having served as membership VP for 2016, received many awards for my work and am a CPP. I love working within all facets of PPA! Go US! I instruct classes for Adobe Photoshop® and Lightroom™, as well as walking photography hands on tours.
The Art of Street Photography
Friday, October, 12
9:30am – 1:30pm
Excursion Fee: $67
When it comes to impactful portraits, oftentimes it’s difficult to get the subjects that you most desire into the studio. There are logistical issues like scheduling and returning email and phone calls. The solution is to get out to where those subjects are and take the studio to them. Engage them on the spot and make the idea of having a portrait made be a winning opportunity for them…and for you.
However, there are multiple potential issues that arise when attempting to approach strangers and ask to make their portrait. How do you make the initial approach? How do you develop instant trust? How do I gauge who will and who won’t sit for me? Model releases? Gear? Settings? The list goes on and on.
Our goal for this class will be to cover these topics and then go out into the streets to meet strangers and make impactful portraits. Our morning will start out with a short class session covering topics like, “how do I stay safe?” “Where do I find subjects?” “Do I need to offer anything in return?” after which we will move out to the streets to put these principals into action.
We will end our day by discussing processing and final disposition of your photos.
Raised in Fort Worth, Texas and a current San Antonio resident, I am the proud dad of three wonderful kids and the husband of the most incredible woman I’ve ever met. I’ve got a Bachelors degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Masters of Science degree from Texas Wesleyan University. My photographic journey started on a dive boat in Burma in 2009 and has since expanded to my current business, Josh Jordan Media Group, which currently has three divisions including San Antonio Sports Photography. My current photo project is my Hidden Faces series and I’ll soon be starting on my newest project: Perfect Imperfections.
Airborne Over Texas
Presented by Justin Moore, M. Photog. Cr., CPP
Friday, October 12
9:30 AM – 1:30 PM
Excursion Fee: $67
Join drone photographer Justin Moore as he takes you on an airborne journey into the world of low altitude aerial photography. For budding drone photographers, Justin will cover some of the basic tenets of the FAA’s new “Part 107” commercial regulations. He will also share his experiences using #dronesforgood – from mapping a lost population of bigtooth maple trees to monitoring a great blue heron rookery from his perch in the sky.
Justin Moore will take you on an exciting tour of how low altitude aerial photography is changing the photography industry. He will discuss how aerial photographs can be both art AND data. He’ll share his experiences as a commercial drone pilot and give an update on the ups and downs of piloting a flying camera!
Meet Justin Moore:
Justin Moore is a native of San Antonio and a resident of the small town of Hollywood Park, Texas. He is an instrument-rated private pilot and professional photographer who saw his passions merge when the “flying camera” or drone hit the scene in late 2014. Justin started Airborne Aerial Photography after receiving his FAA “333 exemption” in January 2016. Justin is an expert on UAS – Unmanned Aerial Systems and recently completed required education to earn his Remote Pilot Certificate which will debut at the end of August with the FAA’s new “PART 107” regulations.