Arkansas Professional Photographers Association

APPA Fall seminar '18

  • September 23, 2018
  • 11:00 AM - 5:00 PM
  • Mike Kemp Photography, 914 Chestnut Street, Conway, AR 72032


  • APPA Life members ONLY
  • Active, Associate, Student, Life or Trial Members of the APPA
  • Anyone not a member of the APPA

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APPA fall seminar '18

We are pleased to feature three of our own members who will be demonstrating three different areas of photography expertise at this years fall seminar. 

Abby Malone of Pawsonality Pet Art of Benton (11am-12:30pm) 

On Location Pet Photography Workshop

Every pet lover has wondered how to take better pictures of the pet and it doesn’t have to be intimidating! 

This workshop will cover the ins and outs of on location pet photography to help you take better images and capture personality. We’ll cover things such as planning and selecting locations, tips and tricks to elicit the best expression, pet safety, posing and lighting, as well as post processing. 

This workshop will help participants feel more comfortable in their approach and technique with pets. 


As long as Abby can remember she has had a love for art and animals. Abby’s first introduction to art was private lessons as a child. She grew up on a farm and had many unique pets over the years from deer, fox, raccoons and more. Over the years small opportunities to engage in art and animals came and went, until one day Abby decided to combine her love of art, action photography from covering Martial Arts events, and pets. 

Abby started her pet photography working with various rescue groups to help animals find forever homes and grew a successful business, Pawsonality® Pet Art that serves private clients in the Central Arkansas area and beyond.  As a pet focused photographer, one of her goals with each and every client is to capture the pet’s unique personality and create memorable images for the owner. Through print competition she has earned a Grand Imaging Award, been featured in the Loan and Showcase books and is a several time medalist. 

Outside of photography, Abby is a lifelong Martial Artist and owns Revolution Mixed Martial Arts® with her husband Jory. 

Tony Gatlin of Tony Gatlin Photography of Malvern (12:45pm-2:45pm)

Composite Sports Photography Beyond the Possible

One of the most popular trends in team and volume photography today is composite sports photography. Composite photography combines multiple photographs and digital elements into one seamless image providing results that are beyond what would be possible with traditional photography. Using the magic of Photoshop, composite artists manipulate digital art elements, backgrounds and digital photographs to create an entirely new image. 

In this class, Certified Professional Photographer, Tony Gatlin, will show you how to create a composite sports image, from image capture, through the editing process, to the final new image. He will discuss lighting, portable set up, and posing; Photoshop techniques to style the image and prepare it for compositing, and the composite process itself. 

The class includes a live photo session with portable light set up, Photoshop demo and creation of a unique sports composite image on site. Duration is approximately two hours.


Tony is originally from Benton, Arkansas, where he began his photographic journey in 1975 as a member of the junior high school yearbook staff. After high school, his love for photography grew as he travelled the world for 30 years as a member of the U.S. military, visiting 38 different countries and 48 U.S. states. 

As he prepared for retirement from the military, Tony decided to turn his passion for photography into his second career and began photographing weddings professionally in San Antonio, Texas. After a successful run in San Antonio, family ties brought Tony back to Central Arkansas, where he now owns a studio in Malvern and specializes in Composite Sports Photography. 

Tony is married to the lovely Erica Love Gatlin from Philadelphia, PA, and has two grown sons and six wonderful grandchildren. He holds three academic Masters degrees and is a Certified Professional Photographer.

Robert O. Seat of Robert O. Seat Photography in Batesville (3:00pm-5:00pm)

Photoshop Tune Up

Every now and then we all need a little tune-up. Whether we need to brush up on our techniques, rearrange our work area, or tune up our photoshop with a little update. Perhaps from Photoshop 7 to CC 2018!!!

We will see if we have missed any of the new features in Photoshop and explore hidden functions and tricks to save time and make our lives bearable again.

Some items to be covered:

● How to improve your speed and outcome when extracting objects from a background.

● Replacing skies, the easy way. (just a few clicks)

● Improve your consistency on both color and exposure with a change in your workflow habits.

● Are plugins better and faster than Photoshop?

● Digital competition entry. Getting the files right.

Information will cover skill levels from basic to the experienced user.

Arkansas Professional Photographers Association

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