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Michael's Photography: Creating Fine Art Photographs and Portraits Since 1980

By Marina I. Jokic

Bringing an artistic touch to his photographs, Michael Drewitz likes to capture images using a traditional, as well as photojournalistic, style. Combining these two photographic methods allows him to represent his clients in a uniquely personalized yet sophisticated light.

He offers a wide range of services, including portraits, studio, location, outdoor, and fine art photography. Since bringing his business to the fore of the art services market in Marietta, Drewitz has been recognized with numerous awards and press publicity.

He has been featured in Creative Loafing and East Cobber magazines alongside receiving Best of Show Commercial in the Southeast U.S. He was invited to speak at the Professional Photographers Association (PPA) and to tour Tennessee as guest speaker of their local PPA.

Even in his early years, Drewitz was instinctively drawn to art classes, eventually majoring in the arts in college.

"It didn't take too long to realize that there were quite a few far better art students than I could have hoped to be," he said.

Drewitz quickly realized that painting and drawing were not his strengths. As a happenstance, he decided to take on a job during his second semester of college in a camera store not related to any particular interest he harbored in photography.

"My employer encouraged me to borrow one of the cameras from the case and learn to use it, which I did," he said. Drewitz bought the camera, the same one he would use for many years to come.

"After taking pictures for a few years, I went in a little deeper and learned darkroom work, and in 1977 became the manager of a small photo lab and did all the custom color printing," Drewitz said.

In that role, he cut his teeth on printing for professional photographers. After some time just printing photographs, he decided to start shooting his own images and was really good at it. By 1981, Drewitz had opened his own studio, mostly doing commercial work interspersed with a few portraits.

"As years passed, that [trend] reversed and I ended up doing more portrait work than commercial," he said. "Making a portrait of someone in an interesting way is always rewarding to me."

Whether the photo is black and white or color, the lighting determines the character and mood of the photograph to a great extent. There is a significant difference between sufficient lighting for taking a picture and favorable light to create an expressively rich portrait of someone.

"The number of photographers out there has enormously increased since digital photography has come along, but so many of them don't understand the proper use of light," he said. "Most of them don't have or know how to use studio lights and have to rely on natural light of some kind."

Although Drewitz used to focus heavily on wedding photography today he likes to devote his time to diverse projects.

As an aside, Drewitz admonishes people to purchase hard copy prints from their photographer to avoid losing precious images. All digital images run the risk of being lost in the cloud or due to a failed hard drive, for instance. Printed photographs are the best way to ensure that you preserve these precious moments for years to come.

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Marina Jokic holds a bachelor's degree from Connecticut College in Russian and East...

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