Promaster Lightwand

From up close macro photography to portraits the Promaster light wand can be an essential tool for your camera bag. When shooting portraits the Promaster light wand provides soft, smooth wrap around quality light. When used for macro photography it is great for lighting up shadows to show more details. Included with the Promaster light wand is a travel case so that you can take it anywhere.

Order your own Promaster Light wand, or learn more by watching the videos below or testing it out yourself on your next visit to our store.

Free Saturday Focus Sessions – July and August

Focus sessions are Free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10:15 am. Focus Sessions are mini classes and discussions and classes about photography. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Please share your thoughts for future focus sessions in the comment box below. No RSVP – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!

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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:


July 23 – What Brand and Type of Camera Should I Buy?
July 30 – Panoramics Prints and Photography
August 6 – Special Guest Jeff Scott – Cambodia and Laos
August 13 – Choosing What to Print from your Vacation
August 20 – Pet Photography – John Currens
August 27 – TBA – Jeremy LeBled


These are free events – bring a friend along if you’d like. Share with your friends on Facebook – Click the Like button below. Hope you can join us!


Where to Photograph Fireworks – Locations and Tips 2016

North Jersey’s parade, fireworks and celebration map

List of North Jersey fireworks, times and dates

Here are some basic starting points

Please let us know if you get some great shots we’d love to see!
Please feel free to leave your comments and suggestions. Have a great 4th of July Holiday weekend from all of us at BCC.

Find a fireworks display on‘s 4th of July celebrations page.

  • Use a tripod
  • Electronic release, 2 second self timer to eliminate shake or by carefully pressing the shutter button to minimize shake.
  • Manually set your camera ISO to 100 (You do not want Auto ISO)
  • Lens Choice – Wide Angle Zoom to frame what you’d like to capture
  • Auto White Balance or Daylight
  • Set your lens to manual focus then focus to infinity (take a test image and make sure things are sharp) Don’t forget to switch back to auto focus when done shooting
  • Method 1 – Set your camera to Manual exposure – Try 5 seconds at f/8 – 16 – this will allow you to capture several bursts
  • Method 2 – Try setting you camera to the “B” setting in manual – keep the shutter depressed at f/ 8 – 16 for several bursts
  • Carefully release the shutter if not using a release to capture from one to several bursts

**Evaluate your exposure – Shorter exposures (or smaller apertures ) will darken the image and capture shorter trails, Longer exposures (or larger apertures ) will lighten the image and capture longer trails.** If necessary make adjustments and take some more shots

If you are using a point a shoot, check your camera’s manual to see if you have a fireworks mode.

Improving Fireworks photos

Shoot with a tripod – it will give a more natural cascade of light.

Shooting the Finale!

The finale is many times brighter than rest of the show. Be ready to choose a shorter exposure or smaller aperture to prevent overexposure. The exposure you need is dependent on the number of simultaneous bursts. In some really incredible finales you may find yourself shooting at 1/4 or 1/8th of a second. Experiment for best results.

Why use a tripod?

Hand-held image above shows motion from camera shake in the burst of light.

The image below is steadied by a tripod, 5 seconds, f/16 at 100 ISO

Other Techniques

Set your camera to B and lock open your shutter – keep the lens covered with a dark hat and remove the hat to capture a burst then recover and repeat to capture several bursts. Just be careful not to bump your camera.
You can even zoom the lens during exposure for some interesting effects

Experiment and best of all have fun.

Happy Independence Day.

Dean Cobin – “Night Lights” Opening Reception June 16 – 7pm

You are cordially invited to an opening reception on June 16 from 7 pm – 9 pm, light refreshments will be served. Everyone is welcome.

Despite the “amateur” status due Dean Cobin since he does not earn his living from his passionate pursuit of photography, one would be hard pressed to find anything remotely amateur about his process and approach to photography.  Completely self taught, there is nothing that could be recognized as anything less than complete dedication to the highest ideals of the historic masters and their present day peers he emulates. He pursues mindful photography because it’s a deeply felt, integral part of the man he is.

“Photography is my passion, a labor of love, and a vision to share with the world. It is a moment in time captured forever; an image recorded as a part of history living on for eternity.“

Others in the world of photography have recognized Dean’s special talent for capturing a bit of “eternity now” by publishing and bestowing numerous awards for his work. The roster includes a virtual list of the most respected names in photography like Outdoor Photographer, Adirondack Life, National Geographic’s Your Shot and the UK’s Digital Photographer.

Shooting the aurora borealis was a quest that had long captivated Dean. It took his third trip to Yellowknife, Canada to be able to realize the phenomena as he had seen it in his mind’s eye. The appearance of the aurora is never a guarantee due to their quixotic nature. Add in the adverse and fickle weather conditions in a harsh environment with the temperature routinely at forty below and you have a better understanding as to why it took three trips, lots of groundwork and a bit of luck to realize the images for Night Light.

In addition, this photographer’s heart is as big as his talent. His proceeds from the sale of his work for Night Lights will go to the #1 rated Charity in NJ,*Table To Table. More of Dean Cobin’s work can be seen at

Ben Grunow – Panasonic Luminary – June 18 at 9:30 am – Class and Photo walk

Ben Grunow headshot

About Ben Grunow

As a professional photographer with a love of nature and adventure, Ben has traveled all over the globe with many Olympic athletes capturing images and video for various ski/snowboard brands and magazines. He grew up as a athlete and learned to produce his own promotional video as a teen jump starting his career as a professional skier. Eventually being behind the lens made more sense and he has never looked back. Ben lives in Elmore, Vermont as his home base on a family owned farm. He captures action, landscape, time-lapse, weddings, portraits and more. Ben is a Panasonic LUMIX Luminary Team member and his fascination to learn and see through the camera is his driving passion.



Class description:

Time-Lapse Basics and hands on demonstration. This will be a course that will cover techniques for making time lapse photography with the Lumix Camera Systems or any other micro 4/3 or DSLR camera. We will cover how to use time-lapse in your work, to time-lapse video basics in Premiere CC, the gear you’ll need and more.  This is a great chance for beginners who would like learn about creating their own time-lapse to use in their workflow. Immediately following we will take a hour long photo walk and apply it outside the store, finding some subject matter and making our own time-lapse videos. This will be hands on and a great way to get started!

What you will need: Micro 4/3 camera or DSLR that has a intervalometer either plug in or built in. any lens (wider is nice) and a tripod

Harmon Kaplan – Focus Session Special Guest – July 9

Focus Session Special Guest Harmon Kaplan – July 9 at 9:30 am

It is said that some people are born with a silver spoon in their mouth. I feel that I was born with a camera in my hands! When I was four years old I began photographing with my father ‘s Leica. It was the start of a lifetime addiction. By the time I was nine years old I had my first darkroom. I looked for opportunities to make photographs …. in school, at home or on vacation.

At age 11 I worked for a newspaper photographer and worked “wet-printing for the early edition of the paper. I apprenticed for a fine-art photographer in Vermont and worked as an assistant for a commercial/industrial photography studio. Photography has offered me the opportunity to continue learning and challenging my vision. Today I find myself photographing people, buildings, landscapes, street scenes, and the list goes on and on!

I have been lucky to have photographs in the collections of President George Bush, Mayor Giuliani and Kirk Douglas as well as in many private collections. I have had solo shows in Piermont, NY, Secaucus, NJ, Morristown, NJ and Brooklyn, NY.

To this day (and hopefully a lot longer) I carry a camera wherever I go, continuing to find subjects to photograph. It is a challenge that never ends. For 2016, I have been lucky to have been chosen as an Honorary Luminary for Panasonic Lumix.

Recently I have entered the world of digital photography (kicking and screaming) I still maintain my darkroom and shoot with film when I need to slow down and have my day of Zen. With the constantly evolving technology there has never been a time when advice and information has been needed more. The corner camera store has vanished and the Internet has forced many brick and mortar stores out of business. Luckily there are a
few holdouts where one can find information and help. Sadly some stores offer help from salespeople who have photography degrees from universities but no real world experience. Some offer salespeople who have graduate degrees from the photography university of experience and hard knocks. Luckily Bergen County Camera falls into the latter. They offer a chance to speak with people who have lived in the world of photography, used the equipment in the real world situations. In addition you can always find great people at the free Saturday focus sessions. Spend an hour and leave with newfound information as well as some free coffee and Munchkins. It doesn’t get better than that!

{Focus session take place most Saturdays at 9:30 am – full schedule}