Meet The Photographers Who Write For Digital Photography School ~ Rick Berk

Meet The Photographers Who Write For Digital Photography School ~ Rick Berk

You’ve been reading their articles for months or years. Have you ever wondered: “Who are the photographers who write for dPS”? Today meet New York State photographer Rick Berk.


1. How long have you been shooting?

I’ve been shooting since 1992, so about 21 years now.

2. Do you have a full time job or are you a full time photographer?

I have a full time job within the photo industry, but my full time job is not that of a photographer, if that makes any sense.  I photograph for my own creative outlet, and as a part time job on the side.  Part time, I photograph weddings and portraits, and I shoot landscapes as a creative outlet.  I have a website set up to sell my fine art work as well.


Photographer Rick Berk

3. If you had to limit yourself to one genre of photography, what would it be and why?

Probably landscape photography.  I love nature and the outdoors and love capturing nature’s beauty. And mountains never complain that you made them look fat!

4. When did you start writing for dPS and why?

I started writing for dPS in September, 2012.  A friend saw that they were looking for writers and suggested I apply.  I had taught photo seminars as part of my previous job and thought this would be a great way to continue to share my love for photography.

5. What do you shoot with and what is your favorite lens?

I shoot Canon gear. Right now my cameras of choice are the EOS-1D X and the EOS 5D Mark III. I’m not sure I can choose just one lens as my favorite.  My favorite landscape lens is the EF 24mm f/1.4L II, but I also love the EF 14mm f/2.8L II.  For portraits, I always go to the EF 85mm f/1.2L II.

6. What would be your number one tip to any new photographer?

Learn to do as much in camera as possible. I’m all for using Photoshop to complete the thought but there is a difference between “fixing” in Photoshop and enhancing in Photoshop.  I would rather spend more time shooting and less time editing.

7. What’s your next big project?

I haven’t planned anything yet for 2013, but I will have at least one or two trips dedicated to photography.  Right now I’m eyeing the Oregon coast, and possibly the Outer Banks of North Carolina.

8. Where can people go to find out more about you and your work?

My website.






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  • wedding photographer September 28, 2013 04:53 pm

    That is very fascinating, You are a very professional blogger. I have joined your rss feed and look ahead to searching for extra of your great post. Also, I have shared your site in my social networks

  • Ryan Palmer April 19, 2013 09:22 pm

    I am Ryan Palmer, a blogger and I have an idea for a new post. I think it would be interesting for other readers and I could write it for you.

    It would be something about photo books,photo books online...

    If you are interested in publishing such article, I would be more than happy to contribute. Also, if you have any other suggestions or ideas, please let me know.

    Hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards,
    Ryan Palmer.

  • Rick Berk March 23, 2013 11:34 pm

    @Amit- for your camera, you wouldn't go wrong with the EF-S 60mm macro. You could also look at the 100mm L series macro. Both are fantastic lenses.
    John, I'm headed to Cannon Beach the first week of June. Email me with any tips you might have!
    Thank you everyone for the comments!

  • ArturoMM March 22, 2013 06:33 am

    What a beautiful photography that of the young girl at the beach, I mean the one with the colored dress and black hair.

    I liked very much not just because the girl is very pretty, but the quality as a photo (if that can be judged independently of the subject)

    Looks like the skin has been soften while the dress has been sharpen.

  • John March 22, 2013 04:06 am

    Rick, it was good to read about you. If you come to Oregon, maybe I could give you more details for your trip. Take care.

  • Amit Shaw March 21, 2013 02:17 am

    Nice to know about you Rick :) I want to ask you a question :
    1. What type of lens you will suggest for Macro Photogrpahy, Lens photography and Shooting far objects as much as closely like "Wild Life Photography" ?
    I am currently using Canon EOS 600D.

  • Jeff E Jensen March 18, 2013 03:32 am

    Hey Rick - I've enjoyed your articles here on DPS. Keep it up!