Photographic Competition: Image Preparation

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

So you’ve created the perfect image; you’ve incorporated each of the 12 elements of a merit print. Now what? Never fear, PPA instructor and competition guru, Michael Timmons, is here to take you through the next step: image preparation for competition. Listen as he discusses print and border specifications, uploading digital files, and the specifications for each category. So, get prepared to do some preparation!

  • Borders: Image borders are big time in competition, not just an afterthought in the 11th hour. Michael walks you through how to create the proper border, walking you through each palette, even giving you the proper dimensions and measurements!
  • Uploading the Image: In competition, the digital and print photos must match, so Michael takes you step-by-step through the uploading process so that everything comes out perfectly.
  • Master Artist Category: Each category has unique specifications, and the image layout for the Master Artist category should be different. Michael shares how to work with your canvas, dimensions you need to know, and even how to show your before and after work so the judges understand your time and effort.
  • Physical Prints: Finally, learn the finishing touches you should make on your print, the range of specs and dimensions you can use, and the importance of a border over a full bleed when in competition.

Too many photographers have done all the work, but not taken the final steps of preparation for photographic competition. This class is the perfect way to ensure you don’t make the same mistake!

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Michael Timmons Bio

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.