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Red River Pros: David Bergman

David Bergman at Red River Paper Pro Corner

Commercial Photographer and Photo Educator

David Bergman is a New York based commercial photographer and photo educator who specializes in portraiture, music, and action. As the official tour photographer for Bon Jovi and Luke Combs, he has documented bands on stage and on the road in more than 30 countries and shares his experience with photographers of all skill levels at his unique "Shoot From The Pit" live concert photography workshops. In addition to his many celebrity clients, Bergman has 13 Sports Illustrated covers to his credit and has photographed numerous Olympics, World Series, Super Bowls, NBA, and NCAA Championships.

The Client

Bon Jovi

The Assignment

Document the legendary Hall of Fame band on stage and off throughout multiple world tours

The Execution

“Bon Jovi’s guitarist Phil X is one of the most dynamic players I’ve had the pleasure to photograph. His playing is ferocious and he genuinely has a great time on stage. Since I photograph the band every night, my goal is to top my pictures from the show before. On this night in Connecticut when Phil went into the solo during ‘Keep the Faith,’ I focused in on him and blasted away. Light, composition, and emotion came together just perfectly, and I knew I had the shot!”

Post Production

“I shoot everything digitally in color, but if the colors don’t add anything to the image, I’ll strip it away. I use Silver Efex Pro from the DxO Nik Collection to do all my black and white images. It allows to me to add realistic film looks and texture to make the image pop.”

The Output

"I love Aurora Natural 285 for my black and white images. It easily handles the gradients while holding detail from the digital grain. There is absolutely no surface reflection and the paper has a slight texture, which gives the image a subtle third dimension.”





Last updated: September 03, 2021

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