Bohemian Photoworks: Blog en-us (C) Bohemian Photoworks (Bohemian Photoworks) Sun, 04 Feb 2018 07:22:00 GMT Sun, 04 Feb 2018 07:22:00 GMT Bohemian Photoworks: Blog 98 120 2017 Maryland Illustrative Photographer of the Year!!!

Tonight I learned that I was the 2017 Maryland Illustrative Photographer of the year.  This award is given to a photographer based on the quality of their work as determined by  panels of judges during several competitions throughout the year.   The quality is determined by 12 different elements including impact, creativity, style, composition, presentation, color balance, center of interest, lighting, subject matter, technique and story telling.


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Platinum Medalist at the International Photography Competition  



Rockville Photographer Named Platinum Medalist at International Photographic Competition

Rockville-Maryland.    Joseph Giitter of Bohemian Photoworks in Rockville, Maryland was named a Platinum Medalist during Professional Photographers of America's 2017 International Photographic Competition.  Giitter’s work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland Convention Center in Nashville, Tennessee, Jan. 14-16, 2018. This International Photographic Exhibit is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers.

A panel of 33 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,800 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, 2,660 images were selected for the General Collection and 644 (roughly 11 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.

The level of the award is determined by how many of those four images receive the highest possible honor: acceptance into the PPA Loan Collection, which is displayed at photographic exhibitions, conventions and other photography events.  Giitter was named a Platinum Medalist, meaning that three of his merited images entered the PPA Loan Collection. In 2017, he was one of only 29 Platinum photographers of the Year.

About PPA:
Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is the largest international nonprofit association created by professional photographers, for professional photographers. Almost as long-lived as photography itself, PPA's roots date back to 1869. It assists 30,000 members through protection, education and resources for their continued success. See how PPA helps photographers Be More at


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Nature Workshop I recently conducted a nature photography workshop for Maryland Photographic Workshops.  Here are some of the awesome images that were captured  primarily by the students during the workshop.  Despite unexpected road closures and the unbearable DC area traffic, the students were able to capture these remarkable images within miles of the DC beltway.   Click here for more on  information on Maryland Photographic Workshops.   Stay tuned.   I plan to conduct another workshop this fall.   


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2017 Maryland Professional Photographers Association Convention and Print Competition Just finished several days of the MDPPA Convention.  Heard a number of great speakers and learned some new concepts to help advance my photography skills.  At the awards banquet last night I learned that a several of my entries into the annual print competition received awards including, the Maryland photograph of the year, the best (non-event) album of the year, and the Fuji Masterpiece award for the best portrait printed on Fuji paper.   I am very grateful for the camaraderie and encouragement from my friends at MDPPA.  

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Maryland Photographic Workshops The Washington School of Photography is now Maryland Photographic Workshops.   While the Professional Program will continue on as in the past, we are now offering a number of weekend and evening workshops on a wide array of subjects that will help you raise your skills to the next level--whether you're a beginner who is just learning how to use your camera or a serious hobbyist.  For more information click here.

The next open house will be April 8th from 2-4 p.m.  


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Indy Honor Flight On October 15th, 2016 I had the honor of photographing World War II and Korean War Veterans from Indiana who were coming to Washington D.C. to visit the memorials that were created in honor of their sacrifice.   For many of these brave men and women this would be the only opportunity they would have to make such a trip, so being able to capture images of the trip to share with them was especially important. 

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Silver Medalist 2016 International Photography Competition I learned today that I was a Silver Medalist in the Photographic Open Competition in the 2016 International Photographic Competition.  All four of my entries received a merit and one of the entries was selected for the loan collection. 

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Award Winning Photos Nine of my ten entries at the Annual Maryland Professional Photography Association received merits.  As a result of having the highest average score for my top four entries I received the Sweepstakes Award. 


This photograph which I named, "A Peaceful Soul" was recognized for being the best photograph of a man. 

Best Photograph of a Man 2016Best Photograph of a Man 2016

This Photograph of an bald eagle catching a fish was awarded Best Nature Photograph and Best Maryland Photograph.

My highest scoring Image (Superior Category) was the following image, which I named, "Yosemite Reflections."    I also received recognition for this image because it was the highest scoring image for a Certified Professional Photographer.


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Photographs Selected for the 2015 PPA General and Loan Collection I had three photographs merit at the Professional Photographers Association International Photography Competition.  The  photograph below was also accepted into the loan collection.   Photographs accepted into the loan collection--considered the best of the best--get published by Marathon Press.  All merited prints will be on display at Imaging USA in January of 2016.  

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Wildlife Show at the National Wildlife Visitors Center On February 28th, 2015 I gave a lecture on the basics of wildlife photography at the National Wildlife Visitor Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.  The lecture followed a month long exhibit of my photographs in the Hollingsworth Gallery at the visitors center.  The exhibit (replicated below) featured wildlife and landscape prints featuring six very different regions of the Western Hemisphere, ranging from the I-95 Baltimore-Washington Corridor to Patagonia on the southern tip of South America.   Approximately 40 amateur photographers and wildlife enthusiasts attended the lecture.  I talked about when and where to find wildlife, what gear to use, and how to leverage the best lighting conditions to get great photographs.  A slide show of my presentation can be seen below.   After the lecture, I walked over to the Hollingsworth Gallery and discussed the story behind the photographs in the gallery.  

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COVER!!! My photograph made the cover of the October/November 2014 National Wildlife Magazine--a publication of the National Wildlife Federation.   I've had some photographs published in the magazine before--but this is the first time I've had a photograph make the cover.   I took this picture in late March of 2013 from a photo blind at the National Audubon Society Rowe Sanctuary on the Platte River in Nebraska.  Because the birds are easily spooked, I entered the blind well before sunset on the previous day.  When I woke up it was raining and the Sandhill Cranes were standing perfectly still--almost as if they were posing for me--which was great since the low light conditions required me to use a relatively slow shutter speed to avoid excessive noise.   


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International Photographic Competition I recently had two photographs (shown below) accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America's 2014 International Photographic Competition. My work will be on display at the Gaylord Opryland in Nashville, Tennessee Feb. 1-3, 2015. This International Photographic Exhibition is held in conjunction with Imaging USA, an annual convention and expo for professional photographers and several photographic associations.

A panel of 45 eminent jurors from across the United States selected the top photographs from nearly 5,000 total submitted entries at Gwinnett Technical College in Georgia. Judged against a standard of excellence, just over 1,800 images were selected for the General Collection and 918 (roughly 18 percent) were selected for the esteemed Loan Collection—the best of the best. The Loan Collection images will all be published in the much-anticipated "Loan Collection" book and over 200 selected General Collection images will be published in the "Showcase" book by Marathon Press.

These photographs will be in the International Photographic Exhibition alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling and special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world's largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.


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Winner of the Breast Cancer Awareness Photo Contest Breast Cancer Awareness

Message from the DMV Breast Cancer Awareness Project Team:

"We wanted to let you know that one of your photos was chosen as a winner in our photo contest.  As a winner, your photo will be printed and framed, and auctioned off at our Live in Pink Fundraiser on October 12, 2013 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and will benefit the Tigerlily and Susan G. Komen foundations.  We hope you feel a great sense of pride at knowing your winning photo was auctioned off for a great cause and will be hanging on someone's wall.  You also played a part in furthering breast cancer research, education, advocacy, and resources, :)"


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Senior Portrait Workshop On Saturday, September 7th, I conducted my first workshop for the Washington School of Photography, where I have been an affiliate for about 6 months.  This was a workshop covering all aspects of high school senior portrait photography including lighting techniques, posing, appropriate apparel, marketing, and how to develop a successful business model.   I tried to make the class interesting and hands on.  Participants had a chance to practice short and broad lighting on our beautiful model, Lauren.  Being able to quickly set up short and broad lighting is an essential skill for any professional photographer.  I also make the participants use a light meter to obtain the desired the lighting ratio.  I usually aim for a 3:1 lighting ratio.  In the the workshop I stress the importance of taking the time and effort to create the best light.    I also emphasize the importance of shooting with deliberation and how this helps with profitability on the business end.  Below you can see some of the results from the workshop participants.  

In the afternoon participants unleashed their creativity at a local park.  For the location shoot the participants tried a broader variety of lighting techniques (e.g.,  the use of a reflector, the use of a dc powered monolight, and speedlights with and without TTL) to photograph Lauren in a number of different settings and poses. As the participants learned, outdoor lighting in the middle of the day is very challenging--but the obstacles can be overcome with good technique and a little ingenuity.  Here are some of the results:


Lauren in her HS JacketPhoto by Corey Dean.  


Lauren with leading linesPhoto by Corey Dean

High key portrait of Lauren with short lighting. Photo by Corey Dean
Lauren with JerseyPhoto by Mackenzie Jernstedt Casual portrait of LaurenPhoto by Mckenzie Jernstedt
Photo by Mackenzie Jernstedt Lauren showing off her jersey.Photo by Corey Dean


Check  on the Washington School of Photography website to catch my workshop next time. Thanks to Corey and Mackenzie for providing these photos. 

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Wildlife Photography When I was in high school I took a photography class using my father's Rolleiflex camera.  It has been difficult for me to put down a camera ever since.   Although I make my living as an engineer,  I try to pick up my camera whenever I can.   Recently, I have tried to apply my training and experience as a certified portrait photographer to the challenge of photographing wild animals.   I have concluded that it is much easier to photograph people--even with all of their quirks—than it is to photograph wildlife!  For one thing, when photographing wildlife you have to work with available light and other conditions that are totally out of your control.  I have yet to encounter a black bear that has allowed me to set up my flash units and use a Sekonic light meter to measure a 3:1 lighting ratio on its face.   Wildlife photography also requires the right equipment along with solid technical knowledge of how to use it--that's where the engineering background comes in handy.   However, the most challenging aspect for me is patience.   There are many times that I set out to get great wildlife photographs and came back with nothing.  However, as evidenced by the picture above, I sometimes get lucky.  This shot above was taken at the Blackwater National Wildlife refuge very early on a cold January morning.   The eagles were close to the road and didn't seem to notice me.  This shot shows the eagle on the right slipping as he lands on the ice.  This photograph took second place in the Chesapeake Bay Report Card photo contest.   You can read more about the report card here:

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