Here’s an up-to-date list of my upcoming speaking engagements.
1) July 11, 2012 - Adorama in New York, NY
Catching the Action: From Sports Events to the Concert Stage
Register on the Adorama site.
This is a two-hour event sponsored by Nikon. I’ll be showing photos from my career and telling the stories behind them. It’s a small room so register now before it’s sold out. These Adorama events are always fun and we’ll probably hang out afterwards at a local watering hole.
2) August 26-28, 2012 - San Francisco, CA / Napa Valley wine country
Official Bon Jovi fan club trip hosted by Runaway Tours
More info from Runaway Tours
This is part of the official Bon Jovi fan club trip to San Francisco / Napa Valley. I’ll spend an hour on stage during a private event at the Hard Rock Cafe showing photos and telling stories about my experience traveling with the band on the last world tour.
Jon Bon Jovi himself will be doing a storyteller / acoustic show at an amazing castle in wine country on the last night. The all-inclusive trip is for Backstage JBJ fan club members only. They recently added a few more slots, but it may be sold out already.
3) August 29, 2012 - ASMP event in Orlando, FL
Separate Yourself from the Pack: An Evening with David Bergman
Register on the ASMP site.
I’m doing a 90-minute presentation for the American Society of Media Photographers. It’ll be similar to the July event in NYC. but I will have recently returned from the London Olympics and will be able to add that into my show.
I look forward to seeing you!
UPDATE: The deadline has passed and a summer intern has been selected.
I’m searching for an intern to work closely with me in New York City. This is a very rare opportunity for a new professional or student to learn the photo industry directly from someone who’s been shooting sports, music, and portraits for nearly 25 years.
You do not have to be a photographer to apply. Someone studying advertising, marketing, web design, or other related field would be a great fit, but make sure you are familiar with my work. My sites are DavidBergman.net and TourPhotographer.com. You can watch recent videos about me at TWIT Photo and Fstoppers.
The commitment is for two six-hour days every week for a minimum of six-months. Start date is asap. You’ll be doing a little bit of everything: organizing and cleaning the office and photo gear, printing images, packaging and mailing, customer service phone calls and emails, social media management, archiving digital files, running errands, and other assorted administrative tasks. You may also be assisting me on location for photo shoots and workshops. You must have your own Mac laptop.
I’m flexible with scheduling and we can work around your classes or other jobs. Most of the time you’ll be with me in my home office in Upper Manhattan (above the GW Bridge near the Cloisters) and there may be an opportunity for occasional travel. If you have a car (and a clean driving record), that’s a huge bonus. I have two cats, so hopefully you don’t have allergies.
The position is unpaid, but you will be on my list of local assistants and I will hire you for paid assisting jobs when appropriate. If you need an internship for school credit, we can arrange that as well.
I’m looking for someone with a “can-do” attitude who will do whatever it takes to get the job done without any drama or attitude. Attention to detail is very important. A sense of humor is helpful because I like to keep things light and fun. But when we’re on a shoot, it’s all business.
Proficiency in HTML/CSS, graphic/web design, marketing/advertising, and/or video editing is a big plus.
To apply, send an email to Intern@DavidBergman.net with the subject line 2012 PHOTO INTERN by Wed, March 14. Include a short bio or resume in the body of your email (text only, no attachments) and provide references along with any other qualifications or information that you think will be relevant. I will contact the top candidates soon after the deadline to schedule an interview.
I’ll be showing images and telling the stories behind them at the west 14th street Apple Store in New York City on Monday, March 12th from 7:00 - 8:00 pm.
Hang out afterwards and we’ll find somewhere nearby to have drinks. ** UPDATE: There will be an area reserved for us under my name starting at 8:15 at The Brass Monkey. It’s at 55 Little West 12th Street (google map) - a 5 minute walk from the Apple Store.
Below is the description from the Apple site. Hope to see you then.
Action Photography with David Bergman
Enjoy a presentation from renowned editorial and commercial photographer David Bergman. Bergman has traveled the world as Bon Jovi’s official tour photographer, shot eleven “Sports Illustrated” covers, and had his work featured in top publications such as “Rolling Stone,” “Time,” and “People.” His panoramic GigaPan from President Obama’s inauguration was viewed online more than 15 million times. At this event, Bergman will show images from his career, including tour photography, band portraiture, sports action, and GigaPan.
Sometimes it pays to shoot with a lens other than the one you’re supposed to.
I usually want the longest lens possible so I can get closer to the action. For example, last weekend in Indianapolis I used a Nikon 600mm to make this photo of New York Giants wide receiver Hakeem Nicks trying to avoid two New England Patriots defenders at the Super Bowl.
(Nikon D3, 600mm lens, ISO 2500, 1/800, f/4)
(Nikon D3, 600mm lens, ISO 4000, 1/250, f/4)
But it’s important to use wide-angle lenses to show the pomp and circumstance surrounding the biggest game of the year. Here’s Patriots QB Tom Brady leading his teammates onto the field before the game.
(Nikon D3, 24-70 lens at 24mm, ISO 2500, 1/640, f/4)
Immediately after Brady’s last-chance hail-mary pass fell to the ground (a “fail mary?”), I shot wider-than-normal to show the New York Giants players rushing on to the field in celebration. The image ran across two pages to open SI’s Super Bowl coverage.
(Nikon D3, 70-200 lens at 200mm, ISO 2500, 1/1000, f/4)
If I had shot any tighter, you wouldn’t have been able to see Brady dejectedly walking off the field (far left) as Giants QB Eli Manning (red hat) runs right behind him.
Here’s an iPhone picture I took of my gear before the game. The short lenses in front are (l-r) 14-24, 70-200, and 24-70 (all f/2.8). In the back row, I have two 200-400 f/4 lenses (one was for my GigaPan) and a 600mm f/4.
Don’t lock yourself into only using the lens that you’re “supposed” to use. Try something different and you never know what might happen.
An email from the Kerrang Magazine editor came in on a Wednesday morning asking if I could do a cover shoot with pop-punk rockers All Time Low. In addition to the cover photo, they would need extra images for the story inside and a potential poster.
The band’s manager added, “We would really like to get this done in Baltimore tomorrow if possible.”
Baltimore is 200 miles away from my home in New York City. With less than 24 hours of prep time for a major shoot out of town, I went into logistics-mode overdrive.
My favorite way to travel in the Northeast is on Amtrak’s Acela business class train. It’s comfortable, there are power outlets at every seat, and there’s free wi-fi. You can also arrive at the station five minutes before your train and don’t have to deal with airport TSA agents.
But what about my gear? I needed to bring big lights for this job.
The answer is simple. Rent.
I called my pal, Baltimore resident David Hobby (yes, the Strobist himself!) and made a deal to rent some of his lighting equipment for the day.
The rest was easy. I hired Baltimore assistant Dave Buchanan, had him pick up the gear from David, and meet me at the train station.
I’ve photographed All Time Low before and the guys are always easy to work with. Here’s guitarist Jack Barakat getting some air. I shot the frame wide to show the lights.
(Nikon D3, 24-70 at 52mm, ISO 200, 1/250, f/16)
For my main light on the right, I used a Profoto Acute2 2400 pack in a 64” silver Paul Buff PLM and a white diffuser. I filled in on the left with a Profoto Acute2 1200 pack in a 60” Photek Softlighter II, also with a diffuser.
I used the same setup for this group shot.
(Nikon D3, 24-70 at 24mm, ISO 200, 1/125, f/14)
Since the guys were about to embark on a tour of the UK, the magazine wanted a “hitting the road” image. I imagine it’s been a while since they loaded their own gear, but it was fun to put them in this situation.
(Nikon D3, 24-70 at 48mm, ISO 500, 1/250, f/6.3)
I put a bare flash on the 1200 pack at far right up high with a warming gel to simulate the late afternoon setting sun. The 2400 pack with the 64” PLM was behind me to fill in the shadows.
I also stuck a bare bulb strobe with a blue gel inside of the van, which you can see in this image from another angle.
(Nikon D3, 24-70 at 42mm, ISO 500, 1/250, f/9)
The magazine came out recently with my cover shot of the four guys and five more photos inside. Everyone was happy.
I’m a big fan of renting expensive equipment when possible. Whether it’s for convenience, or to try new gear that you normally wouldn’t be able to afford, it’s the most cost-effective way to have access to every piece of photo gear in existence.
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Rockstars. Presidents. NFL. BIG event photographer David Bergman
The question on everyone’s mind must be: what hasn’t David Bergman done? With 11 covers for Sports Illustrated, including the coveted 2010 Super Bowl, and his distinction as official tour photographer for Bon Jovi, David gets a lot of game. He joins us live in the TWiT studio to discuss his now-famous GigaPan shot of Obama’s inauguration and shows viewers how he processes 600 frames of a GigaPan shot in a live software demo. Also, the music geek shares inside secrets on being a successful music tour photographer, and you won’t want to miss the moment he shocks Leo and Catherine with his gigantic, $10G+ bazooka 600mm F4 Nikon lens.
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