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.