Everyone has a reason for picking up a camera: to photograph their kids, a sunset, their grandparents, nature, to start a hobby or even a career – the motivation is unique to each of us.
My goal is to help you focus on what is most important to you. To encourage you to point your life in the direction of your dreams and to use your camera to capture those moments in time in your own way. To capture them creatively, quickly, and with ease. Your camera is a magnificent tool that can be used to express your view of the world to others. Learning to master the use of that tool, and allowing it to take your life in the direction of your dreams is the reason I started Brovado Education. We have created workshops that fit your current level of skill, each designed to to make you better at what you already love.
When I first picked up a camera in 1999 I knew that photography, in some way, would become an important part of my life. Over the next seven years that hobby became a passion as I traveled to 22 different third world countries as a photojournalist. In 2006 I realized that what I had learned in the incredible, fast moving, and unpredictable real world jungle of a photography set meshed perfectly with the world of wedding photography. I started the Minnesota based wedding photography company, Brovado Weddings in 2006 and have been working with the most wonderful, beautiful people on the most fantastic day of their lives ever since. As I look back on my journey as a photographer, there is one key element that stands out: the photography mentors I had along the way. I never took a formal photography class. I learned everything on my own and from the many photography mentors I was fortunate enough to have. My passion now is to be that mentor for you, to equip you in every way I know, so that you can peruse your dreams with purpose. And I’ll also show you how to make money along the way.
For beginners, we teach you the fundamentals of photography – how your camera works and why. We will teach you about aperture, ISO, and shutter speed – what they are, how to use them, and how they interrelate with one another. We will teach you the best combination of settings for each photo situation. We will ultimately teach you how to take your camera off of auto mode and start being more creative with your photography. We will show you how to override that pesky automatic pop-up flash, reduce your flash dependency, and teach you ways of finding that beautiful, professional and flattering natural light. We will teach you about composition, and we’ll do all of it with hands-on lessons with your actual camera. Our classes are designed to be small and intimate. No big lecture halls or projectors. With class sizes of 25 or less, this is a perfect setting for a conversational, hands-on style of learning with lots of direct and personal experience tailored to fit your needs. This is the best way for you to ask questions, and maximize your learning and experience.
Intermediate / Advanced:
For the more advanced photographer – those who understand the fundamentals and how to work all the major camera controls, and who have decided to advance their photography career as a freelance, side-gig or full time photographer – this intermediate to advanced class is perfect for you. We will dive deeper into some of the more challenging photography scenarios you will face, such as working with less than optimal light, communicating to clients properly, posing subjects professionally, and making clients feel comfortable. We will discuss marketing, social networking, finding your niche, setting your pricing, basic business suggestions and more. In addition, we will take you out to practice with real live models in a mock photo shoot! We will watch for and help you with areas in which you might be struggling. If you are having trouble understanding a concept completely, we will help you get unstuck with one-on-one help. Like our other classes, we are limiting the size of this class to 25 to maintain that close, one-on-one time we all love.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 – Basic Training:
There is no better tool on the market to catalog, manage, tag, pick, edit and deliver your photos to client better than Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4. Knowing how to take a photo is only half the battle. Learning what to do with photos after you have taken them is another challenge. This is where Lightroom comes in. We teach you exactly what you need to know in order to get started working in Lightroom. Don’t own Photoshop? Don’t worry! 95% of all editing can be done directly in Lightroom!! We will walk you through every step of the way, starting with getting your photos off your camera and importing them into Lightroom. We will teach you how to organize the gigantic mess of photos you probably have scattered all around your computer, and we’ll teach you how, using Lightroom, you can find any photo you’ve ever taken in a matter of seconds. We will touch on the basics of photo editing; using color effects, fixing white balance, using spot removal and red eye removal tools, what to do with out of focus photos, how to use various filters and brushes, and how to keep customized versions of certain effects on your computer for faster editing.
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 – Advanced:
For the more advanced photographer — if you already have a photo library in Lightroom and have been using it to manage your photo shoots, this class is for you. We dive into the more advanced areas of Lightroom, and most importantly, make sure that you are sorting, editing, and managing your database property. We will teach you how use a correct and efficient workflow. You will learn how to pick the best photos quickly with loop view and we will walk you through many of the advanced features in the develop module. This class INCLUDES a package of Preston Palmer‘s favorite Lightroom presets that he uses regularly when editing his wedding photos. We will talk about backup and storage solutions so your photo library can grow seamlessly and safely with your business.
Whether you just want to better understand your camera, or make a major career change, there is a BROVADO Education class for you. Join us!