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Breaking into this business is not easy...

Published August 2nd, 2011

Hello, I'm Chris Bergstrom from New Jersey. I want to talk about how difficult it is to really break into the photography business. You can be like me and just form a business and get clients here and there, but getting any type of recognition is really hard to do with so many other aspiring photographers out there. I will say that I don't think that I'm "the best" photographer ever, but I have been honing my craft since 1988 and feel that I am good at what I do. I don't specialize in landscape photography, architecture or anything like that. I specialize in portrait photography and love to use strobes to capture different feelings in my photographs.

My goal is to teach a workshop on Creative Live all about creating a 1930's or 40's Hollywood style effect. I love George Hurrell's work and all of the other Hollywood Photographers from back then. The key is that I want to show people ways to achieve the same looks using strobes instead of hot lights.

I love black and white photography and have been shooting film for many years. I waited to go digital until the D700 full frame camera came out. I couldn't see why I would want to use all new lenses when I already owned lenses for my Nikon F5, F6 and F100. I still shoot with the F5 on every photo shoot I do to get the look and feel that only film can give you. Until digital cameras can produce the same dynamic range as film, film will always be a part of my setup.

Anyway, wish me luck... I'm the "Unknown Photographer" and in many ways I am just like most of you out there struggling to make a name for yourself. It's a tough business, but I'm not going to give up!

See you on the flip side.



This is a self portrait of me for my new solo CD. Yes, I'm a musician and a photographer. :-) Here's a Beatles song I recorded yesterday just for fun. I hope you enjoy it!


This guitar was used to record the above mentioned song.

  • July 31st, 2011
  • Nikon D700
  • 50mm / f/8 / 1/250 sec

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