July 1, 2022 • Issue 61
6 down and 6 to go, reader!

If you are reading this, you have made it through another 6 months of your life! How was it for you? Are you and your family still healthy? Did you accomplish what you wanted? Have you bought new gear? Have you taken any classes? All or none? Hopefully, at least one!

I have been thinking about this for quite some time, and have finally made a decision: I will be offering an online Zoom class for photographers. Based on the success I have had over the years with the University of New Mexico Continuing Education (UNMCE) classes I have taught, this class will enable photographers to discover a new creative vision. It will be titled: Photography: Creating a New Vision. Here are a few comments from participants of the UNMCE classes:
> I absolutely loved the class. I just wished it was longer! JM
It was an excellent class and I enjoyed the creative environment the instructor provided. The class assignments were focused and helpful. DP

I am hoping to have this up and running by the end of this month. You can cruise on over to my personal site for additional information.
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Tim's Tips #045: The "Rule of Thirds"... forgetaboutit! As you know, rules are made to be broken and this is one of them. If you adhere to this rule too many times your images can become boring. They will tend to like a million others. Place your subject in the bottom, left corner; or maybe just leave a foot in the image. When you play with an image it enables you to become more creative and "out-of-the-box." How would that look?
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