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10 questions for photographer: Roger & Paula Berk

10 questions for photographer: Roger & Paula Berk

Can you introduce yourself little? 

We are Roger & Paula Berk, a husband and wife photography team based in the Netherlands.

Roger started taken pictures at the age of 16 and bought a Canon A1 camera with no autofocus lens based on film. He started to capture beauty around the Netherlands and when traveling abroad. Roger has worked in the ID industry for over 25 years to capturing portrait images.

With over 35 years of camera experience Roger has developed an eye for capturing images in the studio or out in the field.

Paula has experience in fashion photography and enjoys taking food, street and nature photos. She is also, the marketing brain of it all. She is the social media guru and a freelance graphic designer.

For us travel photography is the most challenging and rewarding form of photography. Every capture is unique, every trip a new adventure, every encounter a new friendship, every culture a new experience. We capture the beauty, essence and diversity from around the world.

With the ability to capture those moments is a gift and we love sharing that gift with others. As a husband and wife team, photography has always been a major part of our lives. Photography has been our hobby and our life-long passion.

Our travels take us all over the world, and this is reflected in our photos.


What is favorite photographic topic of Roger & Paula Berk?

We both enjoy taking pictures of city architecture, food and landscapes. When we’re in exotic places we also, like to mingle amongst the locals and capture them in their own environment.

Rotterdam by Roger & Paula berk

Are you full time professional photographers?

At the moment we are professional amateurs in the industry with a passion of taking unique pictures.


Is it complicated to become a professional photographer in the Netherlands?

In the Netherlands there is a lot of competition. Cameras became inexpensive and people with cellphone think they can make similar captures with their phones. LOL… We as photographers know that is not true.  In order to standout you need to work hard, invest a lot of time, learn every day of your mistakes, admit them and try again to become better. In addition to following the latest news of equipment and techniques, we work hard to get the best out of the images we take.


We met at Photokina. How do you feel the photo industry is moving to?

The Photokina is great show to see where the standard of photography is headed to in the future. Having well-known brands and up and coming brands showing their new lenses, improved cameras and accessories all under one roof. It’s exciting that these manufacturers keep on improving the quality and speed of their products.

We imagine in the future that cameras will become lighter and mirror less with improved speed. Full frame and even medium format with an amazing dynamic-range connected to your smart phone and be able to share with social media immediate gratification.


You travelled a lot. What is your favorite photo place worldwide?

We have been fortunate enough to have travelled to more than 370 cities around the world. Images relating city and architecture, Dubai and Singapore are the most outstanding places to shoot. In regards to people we were most intrigued by Afghanistan and India (in both of these countries people are the most receptive to let their picture taken and smile).

What is your favorite camera or lens?

The camera I use at the moment is the Nikon D810 with a 14 – 24  mm f/2.8. The two together are an amazing set which takes amazing 70 MB images. All the images we take are in RAW and then processed with the computer. We like to keep the images as original as possible.


Is there any dream photography job or destination for you?

One of the places we really like to see and is on our bucket list is the ancient ruins of Petra in Jordan. We never had the chance to go there but, we will.

Do you sell stock photography? Where and why?

We mostly sell our images on 500PX. We enjoy this site because we are able to engage with other photographers and measure the appreciation of our skill set.


Why did you choose to become a Fripito author?

Fripito is a great idea. There’s been so many times when going into the city; trying to figure out a good place to go to take pictures. Only to realize that we missed out on multiple photo opportunities. Fripito is a great solution. We are able to choose the best locations prepared by local photographers which save us more time to explore, to take more photos of the city when we visit.


Do you want see more pictures from Roger & Paula? Download they photo travel guide of Rotterdam.






5 Essential tips How to Take Photos in the Desert

5 Essential tips How to Take Photos in the Desert

There is something magical about taking photos of desert dunes. The combination of geometry, elegance and the colors makes it one of my favorite photo locations. During my career, I’ve taken photos in deserts of five continents and I try to shoot in deserts at least twice a year. Here are few of my tips how to enjoy desert photography and Take Photos in the Desert.


1. Right Timing for Take Photos in the Desert

It’s the key for desert photography. First step is choosing the right season – cooler months with bearable temperatures that allow longer period of time spent outside shooting. When you visit Death Valley in July, you can expect daytime temperatures approaching 120 ° F and night temperatures around 90 ° F. But when you go in January or February, you can enjoy the shoot with pleasant 70 ° F.

Furthermore, it always pays off to look for special occasions. I’ve experienced rain in the Namib desert, photographed the desert animal cubs in Atacama or blooming wildflowers in Death Valley.

Take photos at the Desert
Take Photos in the Desert, Photo: J Brezina

2. Perfect Light

Photography is a play of light and shadows which is very true when shooting in desert. If you want to capture the dunes lines or the structure of undulating sand, you need low light. The best time for that is usually about an hour after sunrise and about an hour before sunset.

In the morning, the air is cooler and usually cleaner, so the photos are sharper. I usually try to get up early and head out before sunrise and climb up the highest peak in the area. In the evening, the air is hot and often full of dust. The haze, shimmering air and dust reflect and refract light so the pictures are more colorful with more atmosphere, but are less sharp.

Take photos at Desert
Take Photos in the Desert, Photo: J Brezina

3. Finding Structures

When shooting in the deserts, I try to avoid taking pictures with the sun behind me. In such images, the shadows are not visible, so you lose both contours and structures. Side light and backlight are interesting options, the shadows are forming lines and underline structures.

Beware direct backlight as any contaminants can cause glares on the lens. It pays off to have brush ready to remove eventual dust from the lens.

Take photos at Desert
Take Photos in the Desert, Photo: J Brezina

4. Equipment Protection

Deserts are very dusty although it might not be apparent at first. Try to minimize interchanging lenses, memory cards and batteries as each opening of the camera means dust getting inside. My way to deal with this is to have two cameras ready, one with ultra wide angle lens for large landscapes and second one with telephoto lens for details. If you have to change the lens, then get inside a car and wait at least half an hour until the dust settles.

Take photos at Desert
Take Photos in the Desert, Photo: J Brezina

5. Protect Yourself As Well

It is very important not to underestimate the risks associated with overheating. This is true both for the photographer and equipment. Always have plenty of water, do not overestimate your strength ad try to use sun protective clothes and sunblock. Try to protect the equipment from overheating. It happened to me many times that overheated camera turned off automatically and overheated lens stopped focusing.

Take photos at Desert
Take Photos in the Desert, Photo: J Brezina

Shooting in the desert is beautiful and it truly is one of my favorites. If you are considering desert photography, find your inspiration in the guides available within Fripito app. Download Fripito travel photography guides for iOS or Android.

10 Questions for: Daniel Suh, United States

10 Questions for: Daniel Suh, United States

Daniel Suh is great US photographer. We met at Photo Plus Expo 2015 for first time and start cooperation. Because he is passioned traveler and landscape photographer, We did together great Washington DC travel guide for photographers and cooperation continue. So meet Daniel Suh.

1. Can you introduce yourself a little?

I was born in Los Angeles, lived in Kazakhstan during my childhood, then returned to the US in time for high school. Studied Biblical Studies at Azusa Pacific University and most recently worked as a financial analyst for the Federal Government. I always loved photography as a hobby. It was only a few years ago that I got into it professionally.

The first year of seriously learning photography. I watched over a 1,000 youtube videos, read hundreds of articles and blogs from pros like Elia Locardi, Chris Burkard, Colby Brown, Ben Von Wong, Peter Hurley and B&H channel. I realized what my style is, what I like, the type of photography I want to do. Every time I learned something new I went to a near by park and did practice shoots. I also did planned photo walks with friends and other photographers. Got to do one with Trey Ratcliff, you can actually find him in one of the Washington DC guide photos if you look hard enough. Like photography and I think it is great to be able to make money while doing what you like to do so I got involved with Fripito.

Daniel Suh - Washington DC
Daniel Suh – Washington DC

2. What is you favorite photographic topic of Daniel Suh?

I love Landscape/Nature photography. About 80% of my work is connected to landscapes and nature, the rest of the 20% is stuff I find to be unique, interesting, cool, this could be anything. I am amazed every single time I see the beautiful colors of an open flower or a gorgeous sunset over a vast ocean with red, orange lit clouds overhead, etc. I enjoy capturing “beauty” and sharing my personal experience of that emotion with others.

3. Are you a full time professional photographer?

I do not work for a monthly paycheck, so in that sense I am not a full time photographer. However, I am a full time photographer in the sense that I have an online gallery and sell prints 24/7. Feel free to visit and purchase anything you like on my website. You will find a wide collection of images to choose from. Also, check out my Instagram page which I update fairly often and let me know if you have any questions, I will be happy to answer them there! (@dsuhphoto)

Daniel Suh - Washington DC
Daniel Suh – Washington DC

4. Is it complicated to become a professional photographer in US today?

I would say it depends on the person and circumstances. It is definitely hard if you do not know much about photography, the style you want to shoot, your own camera and lenses, how to run a business. As with most things, I think the main ingredient for success is to invest a lot of time and be smart about whatever it is you want to do. There are many tools out there to learn from, youtube, blogs, the internet. I have some friends for whom it was easy and have started doing photography for pay from a young age, I also have friends for whom it has been a hard journey and still have a hard time finding clients or selling prints. I think it depends on the person, but opportunities are there.

5. What is different for a photographer in comparing Washington DC and Oklahoma?

Washington DC is where I got into photography on a deeper level but still mostly did it for personal enjoyment. Oklahoma is where I started to think about it more professionally. In DC I was mainly occupied with my career, friends, and church life, Oklahoma allowed me to slow down and focus more on what I loved doing in my personal spare time, photography. It was there I created my blog website, professional Instagram account, and now have been published 6 times in the official newspaper of Oklahoma, The Oklahoman. The slow pace of life in Oklahoma definitely allowed space to establish my online presence.

Daniel Suh - Washington DC
Daniel Suh – Washington DC

6. You travelled a lot. What is your favorite photo place worldwide?

This is a hard question, I like them all! I have been to South Korea, Russia, Mexico, Europe, Uzbekistan, U.A.E, and all over the US. If I really must choose a place, it would be Philippines. It is vastly different from every place I lived in because of it’s tropical climate and geological structure of over 7,500 islands. I have a fondness for things that I am unfamiliar with, I like experiencing new things, exploring, so it is natural for me to enjoy this new to me country. I have now travelled there twice in the past 3 years and would love to go again.

7. What is your favorite camera or lens?

My favorite lens at the moment is the Rokinon 12mm f2.0. I am a sucker for fast wide angle lenses because I have a deep appreciation for the sky and hence astrophotography. After visiting and watching a few of Ian Norman’s videos I was determined to capture the sky the way he did. I bought the lens after reading multiple reviews because it is not expensive, it is fast, sharp. I love wide angle shots of landscapes, and it fits my E-mount Sony Mirrorless camera.

Daniel Suh - Washington DC
Daniel Suh – Washington DC

8. Is there any dream photography job or destination for you?

This is another hard question. I love traveling so something along the lines of working with National Geographic or Discovery would be cool. As far as destinations, Alaska is on top of my list to visit. It carries a lot of natural beauty, icebergs, northern lights, unique wildlife most people do not get to see. I think Alaska is very unique to the rest of USA so it would be a vastly new experience for me to visit there.

9. Do you see any difference between US and foreign photography?

I definitely see a difference between US and Asian wedding photography styles. Generally speaking, in US you have your standard engagement and wedding photographers who do the usual shots of the bride, the groom, the dress, ring, cake, flowers, venue, and relatives. It is driven by trying to capture the wedding experience well. The Asian style tends to lean on being more flashy, staged, and with added special effects in capturing the couple. Just google “American wedding photography” and then “Korean wedding photography” for example or check out the pictures of the top Filipino wedding photographer Lito Sy and you will see what I mean.

Daniel Suh - Washington DC
Daniel Suh – Washington DC

10. Why did you choose to become Fripito author?

I remember watching some video on landscape photography from B&H and at the end the speaker recommended some apps to check out, one of them was Fripito. I liked his work, so I decided to check out the app. Looked through a couple of the guides and decided I wanted to be a part of what Fripito was doing. I love shooting places and love sharing with others so it was only natural for the connection to take place. So I contacted Fripito and now I have a guide.


If you want see more of Daniel Suh work or you are heading to Washington DC, download Fripito app to iOS or Android and check his guide.