M.Photog.M.Artist.Cr., CPP, F-ASP
About the Class

Michael Timmons is the resident expert on all things competition. Whether it’s the judging, the submission or even the reasons why to compete, Michael knows all.

In this first part of a three-part series, Michael starts his discussion on the 12 Elements of a Merit Print. With the thousands and thousands of images that judges see annually, the 12 elements create a judging standard that is consistent throughout all competitions. Once you understand the standard, you can better create a competition-winning print.

You'll begin with a high-level introduction of all elements and how they create an objective measure by which to judge entries. Then, Michael tackles the first four:

  • Impact: Learn what it is, how it effects a judge, and what you can use to create it. Discuss how emotion and drama, techniques and subject matter can give your images the impact you want and judges seek.
  • Creativity: Many believe that creativity is a trait with which you’re born, but Michael firmly believes it is a skill that can be learned. Discover how imagination and innovative “outside the box” thinking can produce extraordinary results.
  • Style: This is unique to every great artist, and can be how a photographer uses light or composition or various fundamentals and techniques. Even lens choices, post production and enhancements can define your personal style.
  • Composition: You’ll discuss what composition is, what makes it great, and how to achieve it in your images.

You’re one-third of your way through the 12 elements that will stay with you throughout your career!

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