How to Create for Photographic Competition

  • Instructors:
    Michael Timmons

    PPA Members:


    Competition not only keeps the creative juices flowing; it sets a standard of excellence, it enhances your reputation, and it keeps you in the forefront of your industry. In this class, Michael Timmons shares his tricks of the trade for creating an image for photographic competition.

    First discuss how to pre-visualize an image, and make the right preparations to capture that vision. Michael shares how to ensure you have the equipment, the lighting, the exposure and composition essential for a great shoot.

    Then, explore the concept of subject matter, what works best, and how to ensure the story you are telling comes through in your image. Discuss how to best portray children, men and women, how to pose properly and overall, how to make sure that your images come across as real.

    Capitalize on Michaels’ experience as he shares the style you want to use in a competition print. Discuss the 12 Elements of a Competition Print; examine how to best present your image and the print media that will work best. Learn how to use the rule of thirds and why smiles look best on your clients and not in competition.

    Competition photography isn’t your standard portrait session. It takes knowledge, practice and experience. Take what Michael teaches and you can take your photography to the competition level. Get started today!

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      • 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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