Andrea – Model Shoot – Tokyo, Japan

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Here is a video I made of an up and coming model named Andrea Silva, who is also living in Tokyo, Japan. She was a 17 year old high school senior at the time this video was made. She was a true professional and was able to work for long periods of time and maintain a good attitude. I had a lot of fun in the studio during this shoot with her and my Fujifilm X-T1. I used Godox AD-360 strobes for the entire shoot. I hope you enjoy it! -Chris

Andrea Silva Photo Shoot

Batman and Catwoman Trolling in Harajuku, Japan (Tokyo) with Bushido Photo

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Here’s a video I made during a photo shoot for Batman and Catwoman in Tokyo, Japan. I was able to shoot stills and quickly transition into video work on the fly. It was a fun filled evening documenting their experience as they walked down the streets and rode the trains and subways. The Japanese people were really interested and treated them like movie stars, it was really cool. I also recorded this song, which happens to be an original song with my friend Scott White on the drums. I had to play all of the instruments and sing on this track. I hope you enjoy it.

Photo Shoot in Showa Park – Tokyo, Japan

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I recently moved back to Japan (Tokyo) and wanted to meet some new people and create more photographs to get my business back up and running. I gave out a few vouchers for a free photo shoot and these images a couple of examples of what we created from the first voucher used. More images to follow as I now have a busy couple of weeks shooting. Thanks for looking and I hope to shoot your next event!

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Fujifilm X-T1 with Off Camera Flash – Radio Triggers Work!

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Hello everyone! I just got a new Fujifilm X-T1 and wanted to shoot with off camera flash using my Godox AD-360’s with Neewer FT-16S triggers. I first setup the camera and started snapping photos, but the flashes/strobes would not fire. I thought, oh my, I should have kept my Pocket Wizards… Come to find out, there are 2 settings you have to properly set to get the Neewer triggers to work (I’m sure this will solve all of the countless posts I’ve read about Yongnuo and other brand radio triggers too). So where did I go wrong in the beginning?

1. I had “Silent mode” turned on. You have to turn it off to get radio triggers to fire and then you can go into the sound settings and mute your shutter or button sounds if you want to.

2. The new Firmware 3.0 added an electronic shutter, manual shutter or the ability to use both (electronic shutter won’t kick in until after 1/4000 sec). So, you CANNOT use radio triggers with the electronic shutter. I hope Fujifilm fixes this issue and makes a Firmware update that allows a signal to go to the hotshoe at above 1/4000 sec with the radio triggers. If they do, I think high speed sync flash is possible (HSS). I’m not 100% sure it will work, but I’d love to give it a try.

So there you have it… Quick and easy fix to get your strobes firing again even if you can currently only sync at 1/180th sec. I use variable ND filters if I want to shoot wide open in the bright sun with my AD-360’s anyway. 🙂 I hope this helps. Please leave a comment below if you have any questions or just to show me you were here. Thank you.

–Chris Bergstrom

New Photography Class at the Ft. Dix Arts and Crafts Center Nov 2014

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Call the Ft. Dix Arts and Crafts Center at (609) 562-5691 today to reserve a seat in my beginner to intermediate photography class. We’ll demystify your camera and take your photography skill to the next level. Classes are $45 are held 4 Saturdays in November. The classes will be held on 1, 8, 15, and 22 November from 12 noon to 2 p.m. I look forward to seeing you there!

New Jersey Off Camera Lighting Workshop – 20 Sep 2014

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Chris Bergstrom (Bushido Photo, LLC) is hosting an off camera lighting workshop for photographers looking to bring their photos to the next level. The workshop will be held on 20 Sep 2014 and will run all day starting at 9 a.m. and will end as late as midnight if need be. Beverages and food will be provided (please let us know if you have any special diet concerns so we can ensure that your dietary needs are met).

Introduction to lighting, fundamentals of photography, composition, studio lighting, equipment recommendations, PowerPoint slide show, questions and answers. All attendees will have a chance to take their own photos and have them critiqued by photographer Chris Bergstrom. Location shooting, post processing, having a lot of fun shooting until way past dark! This will be a lot of fun and will absolutely step up your game in photography to the professional level.

I can guarantee that each and every member of this workshop will be fully satisfied and will walk away with all of the knowledge and tools that they need to become better photographers. This course is geared toward the use of strobes/flash, but there is a lot of information about general photography techniques that will be covered.


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Popcorn Buckets and Photography go well Together!

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My friend Craig Lamere, another portrait photographer, started a contest last week asking people in a Facebook group to create a headpiece made out of a popcorn bucket and dollar store flowers. I thought it was a fun idea and decided to play along.

Since popcorn buckets are fairly rigid and made of thick paper, you can cut and shape them. My wife and I worked to create 3 of them that you see in these photos.

The following image is a behind the scenes image from the first faux vintage “Coca Cola” ad shot at the top of this post. I used a 3 light “Hollywood lighting” setup for this shot, but with modern day strobes. On the back left behind the model I used a 28″ MOLA Setti beauty dish, which gave a rim light to her legs and body. On the right I used a 20 degree grid spot with an Alien Bee B800 to create a rim light on the right side to create even more separation from the background without spilling light onto the background. Then as a key and fill light combo I used a Nikon SB-900 with a grid spot to fill in her face since it was mostly in shadow. I positioned the SB-900 with grid so that the light fell off below the chest and still lit the face. I used the touchscreen Sekonic light meter to get my lighting ratio down and then made minor adjustments until you see the image at the top of this page. I love George Hurrell and his Hollywood images from the 1940’s and decided I wanted to capture an image with the same look and feel. My studio is open for business in South Jersey and I can also bring the studio on location to your home, residence or basically anywhere. I charge $300 for on location shooting and $200 for in the studio. Prints are extra, but my photos are works of art and nobody else can be me. I am a friendly photographer looking to generate more business, whether it’s weddings, portraits, senior portraits etc… I’m a working photographer who works hard for my customers, so don’t hesitate to call or email to book your appointment. You can find my contact info in the about me section of this blog.

I hope you enjoy the following images and video and look forward to capturing your memories and creating artworks that you will cherish for a lifetime!

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Amazing NEW Photo Techniques for You!

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I’ve been offline from the blog posting for quite some time, but I’m back! I was in the Netherlands for the last 6 months and brought my studio with me. I converted my 16th floor apartment (more like an upscale hotel) into a photo studio. This was a life changing event for me and I met a lot of cool people and shot a ton of portraits of beautiful Dutch women and handsome Dutch men. It was photo heaven, if there ever was such a place… I’m a portrait photographer by trade and a lighting expert. Am I bragging, no. I just put in years of hard work learning lighting and have been teaching photography workshops and classes for years now with hundreds of satisfied students who are now succeeding in their own photographic adventures. I hope everyone enjoys this series of photos that will be included in the next version of my “Off Camera Lighting Magazine” in late summer. Thank you all for your support!


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Location Photography

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And one last photo from right before I left to top it off. I really hope you enjoyed my work. Feel free to comment and ask technical questions since I am an educator, I will do my best to help you out. If you are looking for a professional photographer in South Jersey, you have come to the right place. I will make you look your best!

A special thanks to my mentor, Zack Arias, for adding a lot to what I do and what you just witnessed here. Never forget your roots!

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This weekend was so much fun. I got to hang with 2 friends in the Netherlands and had a fun photo shoot as well. Mike and Stephanie are pictured here. They are both into Rockabilly and play in a band together in the Netherlands and other parts of Europe. These were all taken as one light photos in my studio. Thanks for looking.

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