Recognizing the Inner Image

  • Instructors:
    Michael Timmons

    PPA Members:


    Like peeling an onion, a photograph has many different layers. In this class, Michael Timmons takes you on a journey to discover the inner images within your work.

    First, Michael discusses how to train yourself to see the inner image in every photo. While your camera captures everything, a well-trained eye can see what is not so obvious. The more you do this, the more you will create work that has impact and that wow factor!

    You’ll then learn how to work on a photo. Discuss how to crop out unwanted elements, how to take your image in a specific direction, the tools at your fingertips and why just because you have it, you don’t always need to use it!

    Michael also discusses out-of-the-box, creative ideas that you can incorporate into your images like rotation and artistic options. You’ll explore specifics within each image – working with vertical, horizontal and diagonal lines, cropping and retouching – that you want to do each and every time. Finally, you’ll also cover fundamentals, like the Rule of Thirds, that never go out of style.

    Let go of the ordinary and find ways to be extraordinary. This class can take you there!

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  • Duration: 0:33:21 Expand video to full screen for best view.

      • Michael Timmons

        M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, F-ASP

        Michael E. Timmons owns and operates Gallery 143 and the Portrait Gallery in Vassar, Michigan. The Gallery clients includes NASCAR Teams, Hendricks Motor Sports, Drury Inns, and McDonalds Restaurants, in addition to banks, hotels, businesses, doctors' offices, and private collectors. The Portrait Gallery is an all inclusive portrait studio photographing portraits, high school seniors, children, families, commercial and underclass.

        Michael Timmons is a published poet, writer, artist, and photographer. He has been involved in the arts for over 38 years. Michael has lectured around the world and at local, state and regional conventions. He has presented programs several times at the Professional Photographers of America International Convention.  Michael is also an approved PPA International Juror and a PPA Jury Chairman.

        Michael has received his Master of Photography, Master Artist and Photographic Craftsman degrees from Professional Photographers of America, in addition to receiving the Imaging Excellence award.  Michael also was awarded the Fellowship degree from the American Society of Photographers. He is also a Certified Professional Photographer. 

        Michael is a past president of the Arkansas Professional Photographers Association, has served on the Portrait Group for Professional Photographers of America, including Chairman of the committee, and has also served PPA as a member of the Photographic Exhibitions Committee, including Vice Chairman, and several years as a PPA councilor.  Michael is currently serving on the Professional Photographers of America Board of Directors as Vice President for 2014 - 2015. Michael has also served on the board of directors of the Professional Photographers of the Ozarks. Michael has received the Arkansas Distinguished Service Award, the Michigan Service Award, and the American Society of Photographers Service Award. Michael also received the coveted “National Award,” from the Professional Photographers of America.

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