Bohemian Photoworks: Blog en-us (C) Bohemian Photoworks (Bohemian Photoworks) Sat, 16 Apr 2022 03:19:00 GMT Sat, 16 Apr 2022 03:19:00 GMT Bohemian Photoworks: Blog 96 120 Nature Snippet for April 15th     Mom and Dad eagle are very busy this week.   Look close and you'll see why.  

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Bohemian Photoworks Nature Snippet for April 9th, 2022

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Nature Snippet for March 31st. Nature Snippet - March 31, 2022Nature Snippet for March 31st.

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Nature Snippet for March 27th, 2022 This week's nature snippet is inside an eagles nest.   Bringing food to the nest is a sure sign that there are chicks to feed.  Stay tuned!

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Nature Snippet for March 18th, 2022 This nature snippet features the Sandhill Cranes as they commence their migration to breeding grounds further North.  These images were taken near Kearney, Nebraska.  The cranes head to nearby fields to feed on invertebrate and fatten up on waste corn during the day.  As the sun begins to set, they head to the Platte River to roost and seek protection from predators.  Typically, over a quarter of a million cranes will roost on the relatively short stretch of the Platte River between Grand Island and Kearney during the peak of their migration.  This is one of the great migrations still left on this planet and should be on your bucket list if you haven't experienced it.     

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Nature Snippet for February 28, 2022

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Introducing Nature Snippets Nature Snippet #1pelicans and sunset on the Platte River. We all enjoy looking at photographs of nature.   Maybe it's a tranquil mountain stream.  Maybe it's a beautiful sunset.  Whatever it may be, think about how it makes you feel.  It might even help lower your blood pressure.  So what if we showed you high quality video of the same scene rather than a single frame.  What if you could hear the sound of the mountain stream or hear the sound of honking geese flying towards the setting sun.  Well, that is what we are about to do.  Beginning with this blog, Bohemian Photoworks introduces "Nature Snippets."   These are less than a minute snippets that help you immerse yourself in nature.  Enjoy.  

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Cold weather means opportunities The colder months of the new year are typically slower months for portrait photographers.  Most portrait studios work on marketing campaigns, updating websites, and getting financial books in order.  While I find myself doing those things as well, I also use this time to pursue a different type of photography--nature photography.   When the weather gets really cold, the rivers will freeze up--except at locations near locks and dams.  Migratory bald eagles use this as an opportunity to go ice fishing.  This, of course, creates photo opportunities for nature photographers.  Here are some images from a recent trip to the locks and dams on the Mississippi River in Eastern Iowa. Enjoy.  

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Why Should I Hire You  

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Why should I hire you?

Have you ever thought about what you'd say in an elevator if a potential employer asked you, "Why should I hire you?"   I've recently thought about it and came up with five things.  Here they are:  

1.) Technical competence:   I was formerly an instructor at the Washington (DC) School of Photographer and is an expert on lighting, posing, and composition.  I'm a Certified Professional Photographer that holds a Master of Photography Degree and a Craftsman Degree from the Professional Photographers of America.  I'm currently an adjunct professor of photography at Bellevue University.  I was recently recognized as a platinum medalist at the International Photographic Competition and two of my four entries were selected by a panel of jurors to be in the top ten within their category.  What does all of this mean?   Bluntly put, it means that I know my stuff.  

2.) Buy local:  I use local companies to produce all of my prints because they provide the best quality, value, and customer service.  So when you buy a print from me, it will probably be made at a color lab within a relatively short driving distance from Omaha.  

3.)  Un-compromised quality:  Prior to the studio session I will meet with you to talk to you about your vision for the portrait session.  This will be a collaborative effort to help ensure that the final product meets your expectation.  If for some reason, it does not, I will re-shoot the session at no charge to you.   

4.) Treatment of customers with integrity and respect:  With so many photographers to choose from it is important to pick one you can trust.  I believe in being transparent with my customers.   I do not believe in or engage in "bait and switch" tactics. 

5.) Continuous learning:  To be the best at anything, you have to make continuous learning a priority.  I put aside at least a couple of weeks every year to learn from other photographers in the industry through the PPA and other organizations.  


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Results of the 2021 International Print Competition I wanted to share the images that I entered into the International Print Competition. Three of the images were chosen by a panel of judges to be included in the Image Excellence Collection and the fourth image was included in the Showcase Collection. I found out yesterday that two of the images were finalists for the Grand Imaging Awards: "Ready to Bloom" in the Portrait Category and "The Struggle to Survive" in the Open Album Category. Here is a link that shows all of the finalists:



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Like Nebraska, we're not for everyone.


Last week I drove to Rock Springs, Wyoming to judge in the Wyoming Professional Photographers print competition.   It was a very long drive along I-80 that was admittedly very monotonous.  Perhaps it is the experience provided by that long stretch of I-80 that causes Americans to rate Nebraska dead last (50 out of 50) in the states that they would like to visit in the next couple of years.  After photographing the Grand Tetons and Yellowstone for a couple of days, I headed back to Nebraska.  This time I took a more scenic route through the Pine Ridge and the Sandhills.  As I drove through this beautiful country it occurred to me that Nebraska is a hidden gem--and like any hidden gem--if you take the time to explore the land it will offer surprises that you will cherish for a lifetime.  So, the controversial Nebraska marketing campaign, "Nebraska, It's not for everyone"  sort of makes sense to me now.  Not everyone looks at Nebraska as a destination, but as a place to get through.  Not everyone wants to get up early in the morning to hike the Mexican Canyon (pictured above) looking for Bighorn Sheep.  Not everyone cares about all of the beautiful wildflowers along the canyon trails, or the sweet smell of pine.  But the experience made an indelible impression on me.    

So I was thinking about borrowing the slogan for my photography business.  "Bohemian Photoworks--We're not for everyone."   On a daily basis I see amateur photographers in my Old Market neighborhood in Downtown Omaha taking portraits of people in the middle of the day with "natural light."  All of the professional photographers I know understand that photography is all about the light.  So if you're getting your portrait taken in the shade without a reflector, a speed light, or a strobe, you're going to be getting a dull image with flat lighting.  Or worse yet, if your photographer is taking your portrait in the bright sunlight it will result in unflattering deep dark shadows.  If you're OK with that kind of photography, then we're not for you.  If you want hundreds of images on a flash drive that you have to sift through and maybe take to Costco or Walgreens, we're not for you.   If you want the same photographer that everyone else goes to, we're not for you.  Stay on I-80. 

If you want a certified Master photographer, who is an expert in lighting and posing with the skills to make you look your best, then we are for you.   If you want high quality prints that will last at least 100 years, then we are for you.   If you want a custom itinerary for your senior photos, then we are for you.

You decide.  Take the fast route on I-80 or the scenic route.  You're the driver.   

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5 Mistakes to Avoid when Hiring a Senior Portrait Photographer There are many photographers to choose from so why waste money on a bad one?  Worse yet, why hire one at all, if they can't guarantee that the images will still be around in 20 or 30 years.  So, here are 5 things to AVOID when selecting a high school senior photographer.  

#1.  Hiring an amateur.  Many people with a smart phone or low end digital camera claim to be photographers.  All it takes is a flexible right index finger (or a left index finger, if your'e left handed).  But what do they know about lighting, composition, and posing?   I've had countless customers come to me and ask me to reshoot their high school photos because they didn't like the way they turned out.  In nearly every case, the client trusted an amateur photographer to take their photographs.  So, how do you avoid this?  Looking at someone's website is not always the best way.  Even amateur photographers will get a lucky shot for their portfolio every now and then.  But can they produce consistent quality?  The best way to winnow out the amateurs is to select a photographer who is certified by the Professional Photographers of America.  Another way to make sure you have a professional is to ask them what type of lighting equipment they use. Most professional photographers use strobes with modifiers.  Amateur photographers may not use any lighting equipment or may use on-camera flash, which does not look professional.  

#2.  Asking for your images on a thumb drive.  Many of you have likely seen the old high school photos showing solidarity for the 2020 graduating class that will be cheated out of prom and graduation.  Just think, 20 or 30 years from now will those digital images stored on your thumb drive still be around?  Heck, will your thumb drive still be around?  Really, there are only two kinds of digital media storage systems.  Those that have failed and those that will eventually fail.  Some will say, "But the images are in the cloud."  I don't know about you, but I can't remember all of my many passwords on any given day.  I'm sure I'm not going to remember them decades from now.   So, let's say you take your thumb drive to your nearby box store to have prints made of your favorite image.  Unless, the box store has calibrated their printer to the photographers monitor there's a good chance there will be a serious color shift.  Even if everything looks good now, there is still no guarantee that they will still look good in 20 or 30 years.  Why? Because the box store is likely using photo paper that they buy in massive quantities.  It probably doesn't have acid free substrates and it might even use something called optical brightening agents (see previous blog).  That basically means that in 20 or 30 years you might have to pay a photo restoration expert a lot of money to reconstruct your high school photo that you had the box store print for you because it was "cheaper" than having a professional do it right the first time.  Finally, if a photographer is willing to give you images on a thumb drive, you can assume that they are an amateur--which goes back to the #1 thing to AVOID.  

#3.  Using a photographer because all of your friends use them.  There are photography companies out there that are marketing machines.  They have high overhead and they rely on bringing in a lot of clients.  Yes, they may have really cool dioramas or whatever in their studio, but because you're just a number, your high school photos will basically look like your friends.  So, 20 years from now (provided you avoided #1 and #2) you and your friends can compare your high school pictures in front of the same potted plant.  I'm exaggerating, but you get the idea.   

#4.   Using a photographer because your parents used them.  Don't get me wrong, there are family traditions that are worthy of keeping.  Using the same photographer for your high school photos is not one them.    Enough said.  

#5.  Picking a photographer solely on the basis of price.  Don't get me wrong.   As consumers it is important that you do research and make decisions based on price and quality. First, look at their image gallery.  Look at the images that were shot in the studio as well as those shot on location--often called environmental portraits.  Look at lighting--was it flat lighting, like you would see from an on-camera flash, or did the photographer use more professional lighting than showed transitions from light to shadow.   Look at the posing.  Do the images look like something in a fashion magazine or a mug shot?  Are  poles protruding from heads or is the background non-distracting.   Look at the photographer's credentials.   Are they certified, or better yet, a Master?  Are they full time photographers?  Or are they hobbyists?  Do they have a studio or are they "natural light" photographers.  Only after you've narrowed down the list based on quality should you start comparing prices.   Whatever you do, don't ask them how much an 8x10 costs.  Have an idea in your mind what you might order.  Factor in the session fee and the price list that best matches your envisioned order.  Many professional photographers don't publish their price list, but should be willing to provide it to you on request.  If not, watch out for the bait and switch.   

Learn more about Bohemian Photoworks Seniors so you can avoid all of these mistakes.  



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The value of a quality print I ran across this photo that was taken nearly 30 years ago. One of my sisters had arranged for a local (Omaha) photographer to take portraits of our entire family. This was the sibling photo with my brother and two sisters. The photographer was a guy named Rick Billings. I would find out years later from my photography friend,Tony Corbell, that he and Rick were the photographers who photographed some 150 heads of State and government attending the United Nations Millennium Summit on September 6th, 2000. It was a big deal at the time because it was the first time they used "State of the Art" digital technology to photograph the heads of State. Rick sold his business and moved on, but this photograph has fared well over the years.


This photograph made me think of all of the unfortunate people who ask for digital images on a thumb drive and go to the local box store to get their prints. I wonder what those prints will look like in 30 years or so. Because the images weren't printed by a professional, chances are that the paper is not archival and doesn't have acid-free substrates. Maybe the box store used paper that contains optical brightening agents which contain unstable molecules which will turn yellow over time. Even worse are those situations where people never get prints made and the digital images eventually get lost in the cloud or succumb to a hard drive crash. So who will be able to show you their high school senior photos in 30 or 40 years? Only those people who invested in hiring a professional photographer who sells physical prints. My studio, Bohemian Photoworks, creates prints that use archival, acid-free substrates that are predicted to hold their quality for over 200 years. So, when I deliver prints to my customers I have high confidence that they will still look good 30, 40, even 100 or more years from now.


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International Photography Competition 2019 Results Many of you who follow this blog, know that for the last several years I've entered some of my best work into the Professional Photographer's Association International Photography Competition (IPC).  This year I had all of my images receive a merit with one image being selected for the prestigious Loan Collection.  This is the fourth consecutive year that I've been recognized as a medalist in the IPC.  In addition, one of my entries was selected as a finalist for the Grand Imaging Awards--reserved for the top 10 images in each category.   


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Bohemian Photoworks Featured in Omaha Women's Edition Magazine

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Memorial Stadium Shoot--NROTC University of Nebraska Lincoln NROTC--Marine Option


Yesterday I was scheduled to shoot various NROTC groups at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.  What I didn't realize is that the shoot was inside of Memorial Stadium.  This image of the NROTC-Marine Option Group was taken at the tunnel exit where the Conrnhusker's emerge at every football game.  I have to say that it was very impressive coming out of the tunnel and walking into Memorial Stadium.   

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Bohemian Photoworks Supports Opera Omaha I had the opportunity to photograph Les Enfants Terribles for Opera Omaha.  Loved the incredible dancers!  

Scenes from Opera Omaha's Les Enfants Terribles
Images from Opera Omaha's Les Enfants Terribles
Images from Opera Omaha's Les Enfants Terribles
Images from Opera Omaha's Les Enfants Terribles


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Elite Membership in the Professional Photographers Association FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Local Photographer Enters the Elite

Joseph Giitter, M. Photog., CPP Earns Highest Membership Level from Professional Photographers of America

Omaha—Joseph Giitter of Bohemian Photoworks in the Millwork Commons District of Downtown Omaha has been named to receive an Elite membership from Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Giitter is one of few to earn the Elite membership—yet another milestone in his career behind the camera.   Giitter recently moved to Omaha from the Washington DC area where he was a part time photographer and instructor at the Washington School of Photography.

“We are encouraging photographers to be more and grow sustainable businesses,” said Kristen Hartman, director of member value and experience for PPA. “Mr Giitter continues to raise the bar in our industry and has certainly earned his place among the elite.”

Giitter qualified for Elite membership through continued education, image competition and a continued quest for excellence. 

Mr. Giitter, who is also a member of the Professional Photographers of Nebraska, said that the PPA organization helps photographers continuously strive to be better photographers and better business owners.  "Today there are many people with a camera who call themselves photographers, but many of them don't understand lighting, posing, and other basic photography fundamentals.  My company, Bohemian Photoworks, is all about creating quality portraits that stand apart from the crowd." 




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The Big Move Today we opened up a new studio in a new city.  Woo hoo!  The studio is in the Mastercraft Building  on the Northeast end of downtown Omaha.  We looked at a number of other locations in or near downtown, but none of them seemed right.  At first we looked at property in Little Bohemia because of the company name, “Bohemian Photoworks." Although the area seemed to offer promise, we ultimately concluded that it would require more investment in startup costs than we were prepared for.  You should have seen the look on my wife’s face when they told us that the property we were looking at was the old Bohemian Mortuary.”   My  search finally ended when Ryan Ellis gave me a tour of the Mastercraft Building in the Northeast Downtown.  It seemed like the perfect fit for my start-up needs. 





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Bronze Medalist All four of my images merited at the 2018 International Photography Competition.  I had one image (shown above) that scored an 87 and is being published in the PPA Showcase Book.  This is the third year in a row that I have received a medal in the IPC competition. 

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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. 

(Bohemian Photoworks) Sun, 07 Aug 2016 22:45:00 GMT
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. 

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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.  

(Bohemian Photoworks) Sat, 15 Aug 2015 22:59:12 GMT
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.   


(Bohemian Photoworks) Fri, 07 Nov 2014 03:11:37 GMT
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.


(Bohemian Photoworks) Fri, 07 Nov 2014 02:48:33 GMT
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, :)"


(Bohemian Photoworks) Fri, 07 Nov 2014 02:21:34 GMT
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. 

(Bohemian Photoworks) High School Seniors Photography Washington lighting techniques Sat, 14 Sep 2013 22:02:06 GMT
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:

(Bohemian Photoworks) Bay Chesapeake Sun, 21 Jul 2013 20:59:22 GMT