- Levels Taught:
- Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
- Teaches students:
- Ages 10+
- Teaching since:
- January 1990
Hello from Seattle! I love teaching! For more than 40 years and I have been a professional photographer. I was the Team Photographer for the Washington Stealth pro indoor lacrosse team for three years, and teach photography at the Pacific Science Center, the Bellevue Club, The Leica Store, Glazer's Camera, Omega Photo and other locations. I have shot professionally since I was 15. My photos have been published in several magazines and I have three photos published in the New York Times. I was the mission photographer for the first private spaceflight - Space Ship One, and the first ocean plastic cleanup system. I have experience shooting dozens of cameras from nearly every manufacturer. I often write camera, software and lens reviews for online sites. I am also a former employee of Apple in their advertising department.
I love teaching:
~ Photography 101, Basic Photography How To's
~ Learning How to Really Use Your Camera (Nikon, Canon, Sony, Leica, Panasonic, Olympus and more)
~ How to pick and use the right lenses for the task
~ Photos for your Online Store: Table Top Photography
~ Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop
~ Photo Processing, Editing, Storage
~ Basic Portrait Lighting
~ Travel Photography including making travel books
~ Black & White Photos from your Color Photos
~ Sports Photography
~ Printing Fine Art Photos
~ Color Management
~ Mac computer setup and optimization for photography
and other topics that may be of interest to you. I especially love doing a portfolio review with you where I give you honest critique and suggestions on how to improve your existing photos and think about elevating your new photos.
I like to start with new students by talking on the phone or emailing before our first lesson to get a good sense of your experience and your goals in getting more instruction in photography. I do not charge for this initial conversation once you have registered and scheduled your first lesson package.
Three of my students have gone from amateur to professional and are selling their work.
I am married (28 years!) and I have two boys - one in high school and one graduating college. I have several students in their early teens - I love teaching them because they're so motivated and unafraid of the technology.
We can do lessons together online using Zoom - we can see each other, hear each other, share screens and I can show you step by step how to do everything we cover! Zoom conferencing is free, there's nothing to buy, so it's included in my lesson prices. My students love our online sessions - we go at your pace and answer all the questions you have. My students range in age from 11 to 80.
I am most proud of this comment from one of my students:
"There is a difference between teaching and mentoring. While the terms seem similar they are distinct in their approach to the recipient. Brad is innately both with the lessons I participated in. He is a teacher and a mentor.
He taught me but he also "brought me along". On one hand, he gave me excellent raw knowledge and technique but still, on the opposite side of the coin, gave constant reality-based feedback and pushed me without hurting my enthusiasm. He told me about his successes and shortcomings "once upon a time ago" and I didn't see him as infallible as many instructors want you to, I saw him as having lived a path, scouted it, and coming back to help show me the way. He didn't just tell me where I was going wrong, he showed me, then showed me how to correct it, then guided me through the process of correcting it, then followed up. Who could ask for more than that?
Brad is the total package when it comes to instruction. I am a better photographer for having studied with him. I am also making my dreams come true as a businessman. I owe most of that to him. I look forward to my next lessons, but honestly I more so look forward to what is behind the doors he will inevitably open up for me."
I started photography at age 8 when my father taught me classic darkroom techniques. I have pursued this passion in photography ever since.
I had the honor of documenting the launch of the world's first ocean plastic cleanup system. Check it out at www.theoceancleanup.com
I had the honor of documenting the first private astronaut visiting space! Thanks to Paul Allen (RIP) for the opportunity.
Appointed to panel of experts answering member questions about photography, tools and equipment.
LHSA -The International Leica Society is an independent, nonprofit organization dedicated to all aspects of the Leica camera, including photography, research, history, documentation and collecting.
Superb teacher. Extremely patient, explains things extremely clearly, and gives great advice and guidance.
Super helpful 2 hour session. Very much worth the time and money. Looking forward to future lessons.
Brad is an excellent instructor. He's very knowledgeable, clear, thorough and a pleasure to work with.
Brad is an extraordinary instructor he has immense patience and remarkable depth of experience. He has taken impossible projects and taught me how to turn them into gold. He has also expanded my understanding of the incredible options to take good shots into outstanding shots with simple tools and techniques in post processing that I never realized were available. Great experience that I plan to continue.+ Read More
Brad is just a great instructor who is very effective at using technology to make the experience extremely easy and very productive. I wasn't sure how photography and light room lessons were going to work in the environment but it has been a great experience with just my first couple of lessons.
I wanted to learn how to make subtle adjustments to some of my favorite photos to bring out the detail and highlights that made the shot a favorite. Brad quickly walked me through seemingly complex edits which were very easy to learn and made my pictures really pop.
I love landscapes and animals and have fallen in love with past shots that I did not realize could be such improved pictures with just a little help from Lightroom.
Well worth the investment and I have received countless complements already on my new work.
Thanks Brad for taking me to the next level of enjoyment and satisfaction with a personal passion of mine.
I've always wanted to improve my Photoshop/Lightroom skills. As a matter of fact I've talked about it for over six months but just never seem to have the time. Enter, Bradley. After just one lesson my knowledge has improved and I am already using the skills learned through his instruction to make my photographs better. Bradley is thorough, patient and extremely knowledgeable. The classes flow easily and you can see how much he enjoys teaching.
Originally I was looking for an in-person class but taking the class online in many ways is easier. We are able to easily share each other's screen and there are no pesky interruptions from other classmates. Additionally, I am free to ask and receive an answer to any of my perceived silly questions.
I wholeheartedly endorse Bradley and recommend him as a first-class instructor.
Brad was an amazing instructor for myself and 10 and 11 year old daughters. His communication skills are impeccible and his approach spot on. After only one lesson, I have learned more about my camera and photography than in my whole life! We are so excited to continue our lessons with Brad!+ Read More
Bradley is so patient and helpful. I'm learning so much and looking forward to learning so much more from him.
After two one-hour lessons with Brad (a creative birthday gift from my wife), I already feel very comfortable with Adobe Lightroom (my original goal) and much more aware of how I'm composing my photographs to boot (a big bonus!). Brad has been highly sensitive to my needs/interests. I've just been tremendously impressed with how acurately he's been able to read my "rate of information absorption" via the real-time/on-line remote interface. This completely eradicates any hestitation about this method of instruction. I look forward to more lessons once I've done some experimentation. Thanks Brad for such a terrific experience!+ Read More
I've had 8 lessons so far and am loving every hour. Even when I feel inept, Brad helps me feel accomplished. I was intimidated by my camera, didn't know/couldn't use Adobe Lightroom and felt it was all too complicated. But I am boldly going where I never thought I would and am eager to keep learning. Brad is patient and wildly knowledgeable. He can get deep into the science of light and color, or just keep the lesson incredibly practical.
I just signed up for 12 more lessons, so I guess I have put my money where my mouth is!!!
I am really enjoying my lessons with Bradley. He has an exquisite sense of pace and has taught me a lot and raised my confidence in a very short amount of time. I highly recommend him.
Brad was easy to listen to. He was patient and very thorough. I am looking forward to more lessons from him once I've mastered what he taught me today.
From the very first lesson I was so excited to learn from Brad.
It boggles the mind how much there is to learn but he takes it slow and it is well understood !
Two thumbs up
Brad's lessons are the epitome of comprehensive. Whether I had questions about my photography business, about postproduction of my photos, or just the meat and potatoes of the mechanics of my camera, Brad had a comprehensive and thorough answer. Besides answers, he is a great guy to spend a couple of hours with. The time flew by and I wanted more. Brad = open eyes and mind when it comes to the art and the business of photography. I would recommend him to anyone, anytime, for anything as it is beyond my financial and physical ability to shout his praises from the highest mountain. :)+ Read More