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THE BASICS

The Camera

  Understanding Depth Of Field
Understanding Depth Of Field
Auto Focus Micro Adjustments
Auto Focus Micro Adjustments
 Lens Compression
Lens Compression

Composition

 Available Light & Composition
Available Light & Composition
 Power Of Colors
Power Of Colors
Selecting Correct Background
Selecting Correct Background
 Intro To Balance
Intro To Balance
 Impact & Visual Polarity
Impact & Visual Polarity

Exposure

Basic Daylight Exposure
Basic Daylight Exposure
 Creating A Neutral Target
Creating A Neutral Target
 Controlling Light For Contrast
Controlling Light For Contrast
 In Defense Of Light Meter
In Defense Of Light Meter

Flash

 Manual Flash Photography
Manual Flash Photography
 Rotating Camera Bracket
Rotating Camera Bracket
 Off Camera Flash
Off Camera Flash
 Light Modifiers
Light Modifiers
 Flash Gels
Flash Gels

Lighting Fundamentals

 

 Basic Isn’t a Bad Word
Basic Isn’t a Bad Word
 Light Modifiers
Light Modifiers
 Seeing The Light
Seeing The Light
 Position Matters
Position Matters
 Placement Matters
Placement Matters
 Lighting, Size Matters
Lighting, Size Matters
 Controlling Light For Contrast
Controlling Light For Contrast
 Five Lights Of Nature
Five Lights Of Nature
 First Exposure
First Exposure
 Symmetry Of The Face
Symmetry Of The Face
 Lighting, Separation
Lighting, Separation

Workflow

Backing Up Files
Backing Up Files
 Workflow Made Accurate
Workflow Made Accurate
 Monitor To Print Matching
Monitor To Print Matching

BUSINESS

 Setting Yourself Apart
Setting Yourself Apart
 Future Of Traditional Studio
Future Of Traditional Studio
 Co-op Studio
Co-op Studio
 Photographers And Sales Tax
Photographers And Sales Tax
 Photographers Game Plan
Photographers Game Plan
 Court Ruling Against Photographers
Court Ruling Against Photographers

EDUCATIONAL TOOLS
The Art and Science of Lighting - TPPA member, Cris Duncan explains why "placement matters" when it comes to great lighting.

Available Light and Composition - Sure, you know the "rule of thirds", but are you up to speed on "The Golden Mean" and "The Golden Spiral"? Doug Box shares more on the subject.

Lighting and Posing Field Guide - TPPA Member, Cris Duncan shares this PDF with full color images, lighting diagrams and detailed instructions. Includes senior, family and children ideas to help you with your photography. Daylight, flash and ambient conditions are covered along with some easy-to-follow references for the laws of light.

Posing Cards - Groups - An excellent guide for ideas and inspiration for posing groups. Created by Doug Box.

Working On Location - Texas School instructor, Gregory Daniel shares his approach when a location is not quite perfect.

Tips for Taking Great Photographs - This PowerPoint presentation is provided by Steve Kozak.

Sunny 16 Rule and Equivalent Exposures - Print out this handy guide to begin your journey into shooting in manual. Provided by Steve Kozak.

Suggested Exposures Guide - This guide has the suggested exposure for a number of unusual lighting conditions. Print it out and keep a copy in your camera bag.

Background Tips - A bit more on finding great backgrounds.

Tips for Using Rogue Flash Gels - Interesting use of the flash gels to create dramatic color outdoors.
INSPIRATION

Creativity vs. Technical - Check out Bry Cox's take on the importance of creativity in you work.

 A Personal Journey In Photography
A Personal Journey In Photography
 Creativity Vs Technical
Creativity Vs Technical
Elements Of Inspiration
Elements Of Inspiration
 Establishing As Professional
Establishing As Professional
 From Camera To Print
From Camera To Print
 Future Of Traditional Studio
Future Of Traditional Studio
 Setting Yourself Apart
Setting Yourself Apart
 Preparedness And Optimism
Preparedness And Optimism
 Stay True To Yourself
Stay True To Yourself
 Where Life Takes Us
Where Life Takes Us
 Your Artistic Narrative
Your Artistic Narrative
 Day The Sky Fell
Day The Sky Fell
 DIY Equipment Cart
DIY Equipment Cart
 Military Art Military Art  Tiny Camera Saves Lives
Tiny Camera Saves Lives
 TPPA’s First President
TPPA’s First President
 The Making Of Temptation
The Making Of Temptation
 Uniquely Designed
Uniquely Designed

– SPOTLIGHT

 Spotlight, Karen Butts
Spotlight, Karen Butts
Spotlight, Cristie Reddehase
Spotlight, Cristie Reddehase


Spotlight, Dixie Dobbins
Spotlight, Dixie Dobbins
 Spotlight, Bree Adams
Spotlight, Bree Adams
 Spotlight, Cliff Ranson
Spotlight, Cliff Ranson
 Spotlight, Deanna Duncan
Spotlight, Deanna Duncan
 Spotlight, Francie Baltazar
Spotlight, Francie Baltazar
 

Spotlight, Tim Babiak

Spotlight, Tim Babiak

 Spotlight, Angela Navarette
Spotlight, Angela Navarette
 Spotlight, David Edmonson5
Spotlight, David Edmonson
 Spotlight, David Edmonson4
Spotlight, David Edmonson
 Spotlight, David Edmonson3
Spotlight, David Edmonson
 Spotlight, David Edmonson2
Spotlight, David Edmonson
 Spotlight, David Edmonson
Spotlight, David Edmonson
 Spotlight, Elena Hernandez
Spotlight, Elena Hernandez
 Spotlight, Gabriel Alonso
Spotlight, Gabriel Alonso
 Spotlight, Gail Nogle
Spotlight, Gail Nogle
 Spotlight, Janel Randall
Spotlight, Janel Randall
 Spotlight, Margaret Bryant
Spotlight, Margaret Bryant
 Spotlight, Maria Bernal
Spotlight, Maria Bernal
 Spotlight, Mark McCall
Spotlight, Mark McCall
 Spotlight, Melanie Hall
Spotlight, Melanie Hall
 Spotlight, Melinda Reddehase
Spotlight, Melinda Reddehase
 Spotlight, Robert Suddarth
Spotlight, Robert Suddarth

LIGHTING & LIGHTING TECHNIQUE

Overcoming Fluorescent Lighting
Overcoming Fluorescent Lighting
 Position Matters
Position Matters
 Using Existing Artificial Light
Using Existing Artificial Light
 Tribute To Lightning
Tribute To Lightning
 Sweet Light
Sweet Light
 Tips On Window Light
Tips On Window Light
 Single Light Hi Key
Single Light Hi Key
 Seeing The Light
Seeing The Light
 Sports Lighting
Sports Lighting
 Placement Matters
Placement Matters
 Painting With Light
Painting With Light
 Painting With Light At Carlsbad
Painting With Light At Carlsbad
 Moving The Sun
Moving The Sun
 No Lights Photography
No Lights Photography
 Moving To a Small Town
Moving To a Small Town
 No Window Window Light
No Window Window Light
 Off Camera Flash
Off Camera Flash
 Lighting, Size Matters
Lighting, Size Matters
 Lighting With an Accent
Lighting With an Accent
 Location LightingIn The Studio
Location Lighting In The Studio
 Light Modifiers
Light Modifiers
 Light A Face, Light The World
Light A Face, Light The World
 Lighting, Separation
Lighting, Separation
 Manual Flash Photography
Manual Flash Photography
 Flash Gels
Flash Gels
 Kicking Window Light
Kicking Window Light
 In Defense Of Light Meter
In Defense Of Light Meter
 Five Lights Of Nature
Five Lights Of Nature
 Finding Good Light
Finding Good Light
 Controlling Light For Contrast
Controlling Light For Contrast
 Available Light & Composition
Available Light & Composition
Bare Bulb Photography
Bare Bulb Photography
 Artistic Silhouettes
Artistic Silhouettes
 Bare Bulb It
Bare Bulb It
 

MARTKETING/SALES TOOLS

 Marketing Ideas
Marketing Ideas
 Perpetual Marketing
Perpetual Marketing
 Marketing, Real Life Parties
Marketing, Real Life Parties
 Marketing, Payment Plans
Marketing, Payment Plans
 Marketing, Creating Gaps
Marketing, Creating Gaps
 Giving To Receive
Giving To Receive
 Complaining Customers
Complaining Customers
 Co-op Studio
Co-op Studio
 Coping With Rejection
Coping With Rejection
 Call Me Crazy But Call Me
Call Me Crazy But Call Me
 50 Ways To Promote Yourself
50 Ways To Promote Yourself
 Live App
Live App

MARTKETING/SALES TOOLS

Ruler Wall Cling - This clever idea is used by Elizabeth and Trey Homan. It is a ruler that can be ordered as a wall cling. Provide one to your clients to place on their wall where they want a wall portrait and have them take a photo with their cell phone. This helps you determine which size will be best for their wall.

Here is a short video to show how they use this cling:  Click here.


PHOTOGRAPHIC SPECIALTIES
 

Boudoir Portrait Resources

Baby Plan - This document, created by Karen Butts collects client info who are purchasing a "baby plan".

 Camera Room For Babies
Camera Room For Babies
 Spotlight, Bree Adams
Spotlight, Bree Adams

 

Boudoir Portrait Resources

 Spotlight, Tim Babiak
Spotlight, Tim Babiak
 Pinup Girl Photography
Pinup Girl Photography



– Bridal Portrait Resources

 Spotlight, Deanna Duncan
Spotlight, Deanna Duncan
 Spotlight, Francie Baltazar
Spotlight, Francie Baltazar

– Children’s Portrait Resources

 Relationship Images SELL
Relationship Images SELL
 Right Of Passage Photos
Right Of Passage Photos
 Corel Painter And Children
Corel Painter And Children

– Commercial Photography Resources

 Product Photography
Product Photography
 Photographing Interiors
Photographing Interiors
 Light A Face, Light The World
Light A Face, Light The World
 For The Love Of Chocolate
For The Love Of Chocolate
 Spotlight, Melanie Hall
Spotlight, Melanie Hall

– Couples Portrait Resources

– Dance Photography Resources

 Photographing Dancers
Photographing Dancers
 Ballet(ography)
Ballet(ography)

- Family Portrait Resources

Interactive Family Groups - Elizabeth Homan shows you how she gets great expressions and outstanding sales with interactive family portraits.

High-end Fine Art Portraiture - Popular Texas School instructors, Gregory and Lesa Daniel share their insight into how they create and sell high end portraiture.

Stop Taking Pictures - Create Portrait Art! - Are you "taking pictures” of people, or are you creating “portrait art?”  How does it affect the value–and price tag–of a Photographer’s work?  Texas School instructor, Don MacGregor explains:

  •  3 elements for a 3 dimensional portrait
  • an explanation of this hybrid of portrait & landscape photography–Environmental Portraiture
  • 3 key elements to create work that is beyond merely “acceptable”
  • How to walk through a successful consultation with a potential client
  • the necessity of incorporating emotional symbolism into your portraits
 
Anatomy Of Family Session
Anatomy Of Family Session
 
Environmental Art Environmental Art
 
Interactive Family Portraits Interactive Family Portraits
 
Relationship Images SELL Relationship Images SELL

- Fashion Photography Resources

Fashion Posing for Women, Part 1 - The first in this 3-part series by Texas School Instructor, Bry Cox.  In this article, Bry shares his "One Rule of Posing".

Fashion Posing for Women, Part 2 - In this article, Bry shares the "Five Tricks of a Fashion Shoot".

Fashion Posing for Women, Part 3 - In the final article, Bry shows you how to put your "Fashion Skills in Action".
- Fine Art Photography Resources

Creating Fine Art Images Through Personal Projects - Meet TPPA Photographer, Jenine Marie Campbell as she shares how she uses personal projects to enhance her vision as an artist.

 The Making Of Temptation
The Making Of Temptation
Fine Art Fantazy With Jenny Hollis
Fine Art Fantasy With Jenny Hollis
 Environmental Art Environmental Art
 Corel Painter And Children
Corel Painter And Children
 Creating Sketches
Creating Sketches
 Artistic Silhouettes
Artistic Silhouettes
 A Personal Journey In Photography
A Personal Journey In Photography
- Landscape/Wildlife Photography Resources
 Wyman Meinze
Wyman Meinze
 Photography For The Birds
Photography For The Birds
Five Lights Of Nature
Five Lights Of Nature
 Mind Of A Landscape Photographer
Mind Of A Landscape Photographer
 Spotlight, Janel Randall
Spotlight, Janel Randall

- Maternity Portrait Resources

Coming Soon


– Mature Subjects

 The Other Senior Market
The Other Senior Market
 Embrace Age
Embrace Age
 Real Time Snapshots
Real Time Snapshots

– Restoration Resources

 Tale Of Tattered Photograph
Tale Of Tattered Photograph
 Restoring Moment In Time
Restoring Moment In Time
Restoration With RAW Converter
Restoration With RAW Converter
 Photo Restoration
Photo Restoration
- Photojournalism Resources

Coming Soon
- School Portrait Resources

School/Day Care Order Form - A school/daycare picture order form.  This PSD is fully editable for your use.  Created be Jenny Eisenhauer.

 School Picture Eye Opener
School Picture Eye Opener
 Projection, Combining Two Screens
Projection, Combining Two Screens
- Senior Portrait Resources

Senior Consultation Card - A short list a questions to help you get to know your seniors.  Created by Elizabeth and Trey Homan.

Senior Portrait Order Form - A nice form for taking orders for Senior Portrait Packages.  Created by Steve Kozak.

Things to Remember - This is a short, bullet point list to help seniors get ready for their session.  Great idea created by Karen Butts.

Connecting With Sr Market

Connecting With Sr Market

- Sports Photography Resources

Coaches Portrait Sign Up - This form gets coaches thinking about family portraits for the home while being photographed for the team's program.  Created by Jenny Eisenhauer.

Picture Day Order Form - A sample order form used by Jenny Eisenhauer with her sports sessions.

Posing Videos:
Baseball Poses - Randy Pollard discusses baseball poses.
Boys Basketball Poses - Randy Pollard shares posing ideas for boys basketball from teen to tween.
Teen Basketball Poses - Randy Pollard discusses posing 15-18 year olds in boys basketball.
Girls Basketball Poses - Randy Pollard shows you how to pose girls basketball.
Youth Soccer Posing - Randy Pollard shares tips on posing for youth soccer.
Teen Volleyball Poses - Randy shows how to pose older volleyball girls such as high school players.
Tween Volleyball Poses - Randy Pollard shares posing volleyball players from tween to teen.

 Sports Lighting
Sports Lighting
Projection, Combining Two Screens
Projection, Combining Two Screens 
Composites For Profit
Composites For Profit

- Wedding Photography Resources
Wedding Day Details - This form collects information such as bridesmaids, groomsman and more.

 Wedding Etiquette For Photographers
Wedding Etiquette For Photographers
 Let’s Talk Weddings
Let’s Talk Weddings
Evolution Of Wedding Photography
Evolution Of Wedding Photography
PHOTOSHOP ACTIONS

Doc List's Action Set - Doc List explains:  "These actions, while some are general, are part of my workflow in creating composites. They support extraction/masking, blending, textures, and related actions and effects."  For a more detailed description of the actions Doc has provided, click here.

Steve Kozak's Action Set - Steve Kozak's action set automatically adds borders, strokes or a photo mat to your images. There is also an up-size action included. Unzip the folder and install the action into your Photoshop actions folder.

"Senior Treatments" Action - Provided by Barry Nelson and Dominique Harmon of Captivated Images.

 Restoration With RAW Converter
Restoration With RAW Converter
Monitor To Print Matching
Monitor To Print Matching
 Reading Exif Data Online Photos
Reading Exif Data Online Photos
 Creativity With Adjustment Layers
Creativity With Adjustment Layers
 Backing Up Files
Backing Up Files
 Add A Little Color
Add A Little Color

PHOTOSHOP TOOLS
Photoshop Shortcuts - Save time and speed up editing with these keyboard shortcuts.

Create a "Rule of Thirds" Grid
- A handy guide for creating a cropping guide in Photoshop.

Turn Your Name Into a Brush - Step by step instructions.

Art History Brush - Unlock the hidden brushes in Photoshop and start creating wonderful art from your images

Creating Your First Composite - This helpful video from Doc List shows you how to extract a subject from a background and place the subject into a new background.  PLUS, download this helpful reference sheet to refer to while watching the video.

Adobe TV - This site is packed with helpful videos and lessons that will keep you learning even more!!!

STUDIO FORMS

Client Information Card - Use this card to capture client information during the initial contact with the client. Discretely fill this out during your conversation as something of a note-taking guide. I suggest you try to keep the conversation from sounding like a questionnaire - just fill in the blanks as you hear what the client has to say. It is printed two-sided on 8.5x11 card stock then cut into thirds. Form by Steve Kozak


Client Information Card - Front

Download Front side





Client Information Card - Back
Download Back side






Client Information Packet - This comprehensive packet created by Karen Butts collects client information as well as spells out studio policies which are presented to the client to sign off. There is also a nice workflow chart and release forms in this packet.

Client Order Tracking - This tracking form helps you keep up with the progress of working with a client from the very beginning to the delivery of the final images and frames. Created by Elizabeth and Trey Homan.

Consultation Card - This wonderful tool from Elizabeth and Trey Homan helps you ask the right questions and take good notes for your client's portrait session.

Collectors Series Portrait Card - A variation of the consultation card above. From Elizabeth and Trey Homan.

Customer Log - A great form for tracking clients through the entire process from consultation to deliver. Created by Karen Butts.

Daily Sales Register - Need a form to track your daily sales? Then this this form is for you, courtesy of Elizabeth and Trey Homan.

Reproduction Rights Transfer - Do you sometimes sell digital images? This short letter from Elizabeth and Trey Homan transfers the right for your client to print the image.


TEXTURES

Texture Collection - Five awesome textures from Barry Nelson and Dominique Harmon from Captivated Images.
USEFUL APPS

Depth of Field Calculator  - Cool app to help you find the depth of field with a given lens and a given distance.

Light Meter App  - Useful app for measuring light and finding equivalent exposures.

 Color pallets - Cool app for defining color palates. There is also a cool version of this app available for iPhones. 


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