Sioux Falls Spotlight: Bravo Photography

Jonathan Bravo, of Bravo Photography, has been known as the King of Senior Photos since the year after I graduated high school in 2014. He produces high quality images, does whatever it takes to get the perfect shot, and is always down to make his clients’ crazy ideas come to life – whether that be a Senior Session at Buffalo Wild Wings or an Engagement Shoot at HuHot Mongolian Grill. 

I’ve had the opportunity to watch Bravo in action at two different occasions. The first was back in 2014 when he shot my close friend’s senior pictures. This is when his personality really shines, and his humor definitely comes in handy – he will do and say just about anything to get a real smile out of his clients, and that truly makes a difference. The second opportunity I had was watching Bravo shoot a dear friend’s wedding this last winter. Honestly, my favorite takeaway from that, was that Bravo was barely noticeable. He got incredible shots of both the ceremony and reception without stepping on any toes.

Below are a few of my absolute favorite senior portraits shot by Bravo. Don’t forget to check out his website for more! And get the perfect mixture of his humor and talent on his social media pages @jbravsd.

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Macro Photography

The most obvious equipment needed for Macro Photography is a Macro Lens, but here’s three accessories a macro photographer cannot live without:

1. Tripod: A tripod is a must-have because focus is critical and depth of field is very shallow. A handy tip: find a tripod that allows you to horizontally position the center column.

2. Cable Release: An electronic cable release will allow you to trip the shutter without touching the shutter release button on the camera, which reduces any vibration or shaking that could happen when pressing the shutter release.

3. Macro Flash or Ring light: These specialty flashes are designed to mount on the end of the lens to eliminate shadows and to prevent the lens from blocking light output from a shoe-mount flash. A ring light surrounds the front of the lens while a macro flash has two adjustable flashes that can be positioned as a key light and a fill light.

These photos were shot by me in a studio using a Canon Macro Lens, a horizontally positioned tripod, and a direct light source (flashlight).


Outdoor Photography

When photographing outdoors, your settings are the most important. Have you ever head of Sunny 16? It’s a photographer’s go-to setting when photographing outdoors when the sun is at it’s brightest. Your F-stop should be at f/16 and your iso and shutter speed should match (usually iso at 100 and shutter speed at 1/100). I shot the photos below at Falls Park in Sioux Falls, South Dakota around 9am – I still followed the sunny 16 rule as it was quite bright that morning. None of these are edited, that’s the beauty of shooting at the right exposure! IMG_2375IMG_2418IMG_2383IMG_2399IMG_2411IMG_2386IMG_2404IMG_2413IMG_2406Johnson_FallsParkIMG_2397IMG_2421IMG_2438

Sioux Falls Spotlight: Trevor Nelson

Trevor Nelson: plant guy, college student, best friend, underrated landscape photographer. Trevor is one of the lucky ones who often have the opportunity to travel, but lucky for us, he always brings along his camera. Check out some of his coolest photos below, and make sure to give him a follow on Instagram!

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