Phil Bergstedt
Amateur Portrait Photography Blog

I started playing around with Photography in college. My first real camera was a Canon AE-1 (35mm film SLR). I soon learned that using the manual settings let me be control. Learning exposure and how it affected depth of field was an expensive lesson, back in the day of buying and developing film. I was fortunate enough to learn from sports photographers, and was able to shoot a lot of UD basketball back in the early 1980’s. My first published works were of UD Basketball, back in 1985.

I was into digital photography when it was introduced in the mid 1990’s to the mass market. The idea of an instant picture that you could manipulate, store and print without developing was appealing. The technology finally got good when Canon and Nikon introduced Digital SLR (DSLR) cameras, they largely replaced film-based SLRs during the 2000s. I bought my first DLSR in 2007, a Nikon D80, and I still have it and use it today. Most of the pictures on this site have been taken with that camera.

Another aspect of this web site I enjoy is building it. I built my first web site back in 1998 for work. It was an HTML 4 site with frames, and it was ugly! My first blog site was from a template I liked and started modifying and enhancing from there. This new site is built with Bootstrap 4 to facilitate the mobile experience. I really believe your site must work well on a phone or iPad like device. I host the service on AWS and love the flexibility Amazon gives you. I don’t use WordPress because I feel you don’t learn any of the basics (i.e. Apache, TLS, CSS, JavaScript, etc.). If you don’t have the time or technical aptitude, WordPress with the Gutenberg editor is a great tool to use for sites like this.

Always remember to get permission from the photographer before posting a picture on a website. The copyright belongs to the photographer, not the person in the picture. Just because you have a digital copy, does not mean you have the right to post it, please protect the work of others…

The following are some of my favorite saytings and short quotes

“The true mark of maturity is when somebody hurts you and you try to understand their situation instead of trying to hurt them back.”

“Those who hurt us are usually hurting themselves, and their pain may be so strong that they are not even aware they are hurting us.” – Joyce Meyers

“Some people aren’t satisfied until they sabotage someone else’s happiness, be careful who you trust...”

Lessons people learn too late in life:

Everything is temporary
Life is not fair
Others treat you the way you treat yourself
Happiness is a choice that requires hard work
Beneath anger is always fear
Friends are true love
Things just don’t matter that much
A lifetime is not very long
You played it too safe