About Rick Berk - Landscape and Fine Art Photographer
My name is Rick Berk, and I'm a fine art nature and landscape photographer, specializing in museum quality large format photographic prints. My work has been purchased by collectors across the USA and around the world. Based on Maine's midcoast, I live with my lovely wife Jessica and my stepson, occasionally visited by my two college age children when they have time for their old man!
I've spent nearly 30 years in photography, beginning as a sports photographer covering professional sports, before transitioning to working as a technical specialist for Canon USA. While at Canon USA, I spent my time training photographers, consumers, and photo specialty retail staff on Canon technology specifically and photography in general. In the past several years I have transitioned back to being behind the camera full-time, traveling extensively to produce stunningly eye-catching photographs.
As I honed my craft, I developed a deeper understanding of tonal and spatial relationships in a scene, composing deliberately and exposing my images carefully, paying careful attention to detail and creatively using beautiful light to create my images. My collection of work is available as fine art prints using the highest quality printing and mounting processes available.
Currently, I'm photographing with Sony cameras and lenses, and use on-camera filters extensively for manipulating exposure and light. I have a working relationship with Lee Filters, a division of Panavision, and my work can often be seen in their social media posts.
Encompassing only my very best work, this website features both open editions as well as many limited edition prints, which will be limited in production to 100 prints, regardless of size or medium. Once a piece has reached its production limit, it will be retired and not produced again as a fine art print. Limited Edition print purchases will also receive a Certificate of Authenticity signed by me and numbered to indicate the print's number in the production run.
I am always available to answer any questions you may have via phone or email. Thank you for your interest in my work. I encourage you to subscribe to my newsletter and return to my website often to see my newest releases.
Frequently Asked Questions About My Work
What equipment do you use to create your images?
Currently, I'm using Sony A7R IV cameras with Sony and Tamron lenses. In the past I've used Nikon, Canon, and Fujifilm cameras. I use Induro Tripods and work with the Lee Filter System extensively. I tend to like a wide angle view, so the lens I use most is my Sony 16-35mm G Master lens, but I generally let the scene dictate which lens I use. In the past I have also used Canon cameras and lenses as well. Ultimately, these are all just tools. I choose the tools that will help me best achieve the end result I desire.
Do you "Photoshop" your images?
Just as photographers using film used the darkroom and various darkroom techniques to complete their images, photographers in the digital age use the digital darkroom to complete theirs. I am no exception. I do not create objects that were not in the original scene, but I do use Photoshop to adjust brightness, color, and contrast to my liking.
Where can I see your work in person?
I am not currently showing in any physical locations.
Do you teach workshops or classes?
Yes. I am an instructor for Blue Hour Photo Ventures, as well as Santa Fe Workshops, in addition to teaching independent 1-on-1 or private group lessons. You can view my upcoming schedule on my Classes, Workshops & Private Instruction page. I also speak to groups either in-person or via Zoom. If you are interested in having me speak to your group, please contact me.
What is your photography background?
I began my career as a sports photographer, covering high school and college sports on Long Island, NY for local newspapers. I eventually became a contract photographer for Pacific Trading Cards, photographing Major League Baseball, the NFL, and NHL. In 2002, I founded and operated a youth sports photography studio, providing both action and portrait photography for your sports organizations on Long Island.
In 2007, I began working as a technical representative for Canon USA, training photo specialty retailers on Canon cameras and lenses. Canon later made me the Technical Specialist for EOS Professional Products, training Canon sales reps and field reps on new products and technology for photographers.
In 2014, I left Canon to join Lytro, who were pioneering light field photo technology and were about to bring a consumer camera to market using this technology. I was tasked with training Lytro's network of dealers in this groundbreaking technology, including application and use of the technology and cameras.
When Lytro folded their photo operations a year later, I focused (no pun intended) on my own personal photography. I produced training videos for a camera filter maker, and traveled to produce a greater variety of work on my own. In 2016, I relocated to Maine and continued my landscape work, in addition to teaching and speaking about photography.