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Red River Pros: David Bergman

David Bergman at Red River Paper Pro Corner

Editorial and commercial photographer

David Bergman is an editorial and commercial photographer based in New York whose images have appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated and in Rolling Stone, Time, Newsweek, People, USA Today and The New York Times. Celebrity clients include Barenaked Ladies, Avril Lavigne, Joss Stone, Gloria Estefan, Evanescence, and Drew Carey. His company,, shoots pictures of performers that fans can purchase after each show.

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The Client

UK rock magazine Kerrang!

The Assignment

Photograph Dillinger Escape Plan in concert in New York City.

The Execution

"The audience was rowdy, as expected. Bodies were flying everywhere and I had to keep one eye in my viewfinder and the other on the crowd. I used earplugs because working right in front of the stage for an extended period of time could do some serious damage to my ear drums. As it happened, I got an accidental kick to the face which gave me a pretty good bloody nose. "Near the end of the set, lead singer Greg Puciato pulled a Gene Simmons by breathing fire out over the crowd. He then stepped out into the audience, let someone hold up the rod with the open flame, and shot it out over their heads. I used a 16-35 mm lens, with the ISO set to 800 and exposed at 1/250 sec at f/2.8."

Post Production

"I only did simple toning and color correcting to this image."

The Output

"I used Aurora Natural paper to print this image because I prefer a more natural look, especially for a photo filled with warm tones. Other surfaces handled the complex gradients within the image, but the slight texture of the matte paper got my attention as it adds to the natural feel of the print. The paper has a nice "depth" to it and gives the image a subtle third dimension."


David Bergman's web sites are: and

Favorite Papers

UltraPro Satin

UltraPro Satin looks and feels just like traditional photo lab paper and features a medium depth luster finish.

Favorite Of: Jim DiVitale & Peter Randall

River Linen

River Linen adds a special dimension to your printed image with its premium quality linen surface paper.

Favorite Of: JVS & Helene Glassman

Aurora Art

Made using fine 100% cotton rag content, Aurora Art White and Aurora Art Natural offers the look and feel of fine art paper.

Favorite of: Marilyn Sholin, Matt Hoyle, Susan McCartney, & Kaitlin Walsh

Arctic Polar Satin

With its crisp blue white shade, Arctic Polar Satin ensures your images will project more brilliance. Its state of the art microporous coating will enhance details and color saturation.

Favorite of: Al Francekevich & Susan McCartney