Welcome to our fourteenth Bergen County Camera Customer Spotlight. This monthly posting features a customer who’s made an impression on us. They might have grown in their understanding of photography, gained a mastery of the craft and / or have become a strong advocate of our way of doing business in the world of photography. During the next month you will see this customer’s images displayed on our digital signs in store, in our emails, blog posts and social media.
Herb Benkel is our customer spotlight for the month of July. We hope you both enjoy and are inspired by this new addition to In Focus and look forward to your comments and suggestions. Below you will find a word from Herb, followed by some of his images in the gallery below.
I became excited about photography in 1960 when my brother came home from Japan with a Nikon S2. It was the most beautiful piece of technology I had seen.
I went on to study photography at Brooklyn College, and received a Masters Degree in photography. I taught art and photography at an Art and Design High School for 5 years, in the early 70’s. When I became dissatisfied with the New York City bureaucracy, I left to attend Dental School at NYU. I later became an Endodontist, but I also never retreated from the pursuit of photography.
I moved into Bergen County in 1980 after starting a practice in Fort Lee in 1978. I then began my second teaching career at Hackensack University Medical Center, where I still teach Endodontics to the 18 dental residents there each year.
The early 80’s is also the time I found Bergen County Camera. There I was able to surround myself with enthusiasts that were passionate about photography. Between the employees and dedicated clients who hang around the store, I have found a source of inspiration, as well as a vendor for great cameras and supplies.
Today, I count all those of the Bergen Camera family as friends.
Don Mammoser heads to Southeast Asia to photograph native wildlife with his Tamron SP 150-600mm VC G2 lens.
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How to Shoot Fireworks
- Use the bulb setting available in manual (M), see tip 17 for the finale’!
- Use a low ISO 100-200
- No long exposure noise reduction, high ISO NR can stay on, but it’s not needed
- Use auto white balance
- No mirror lock up
- Use infinity focus, switch to manual focus, tape the lens focus ring @ infinity. Some lenses are not marked. Test focus in manual at farthest subject your lens can resolve sharply.
- O D lighting or auto lighting optimizer, these control contrast and brightness.
- Vivid color mode, leave saturation at normal, landscape (picture style) for Canon uses.
- IS-VR off, since you will be on a tripod.
- Metering: use matrix or evaluative
- Note: you will not have to meter anything for shooting (F11, ISO 100, bulb = done)
- Tripod, short zoom lens 18-70mm, 24-70mm, 18-105mm and a cable release (no need to lock)
- Tripod will possibly need to be repositioned (tilted etc) once the show starts. I’ll shoot vertical more often than horizontal.
- Vary zoom length for composition
- Fire the shutter (with a cable release) hold rather than lock. Hold for multiple bursts 2-8 or maybe more. Check the monitor, exposures should average 2-4 or 4-7 seconds, and can even be as long as 8-15 seconds. Disregard the histogram.
- Finale’ shots need to happen quickly in manual mode, burst or continuous 1 second, ½ second, ¼ second, 1/8 second, 1/10 second, 1/25 second, 1/30 second. These shorts can be blown out if taken for longer time periods (such as with bulb). Still maintain the F number 8-11.
- JPEGS or Raw? Raw is not necessary unless you feel a need to recover highlights. Shoot JPEG or raw together, or JPEG alone. Use a fast card for recovery of write speed times. Raw will offer a bit more color information too.
- Bring extra cards, batteries, and a mini flashlight. The show may be 30 minutes to an hour long. Be careful about inserting memory cards in the dark.
- Add an element of scenic interest in your picture. Bridges, skylines, crowds, etc
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 necessary – Free for everyone – Please bring a friend!
Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:
June 30th – Skyline Meetup Trip Photo Review
July 7th – Beach Photography
July 14th – Photo Assignment (Due July 28th)
July 21st – Focusing Hints
July 28th – Photo Assignment Review
These are free events – bring a friend along if you’d like.
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Hope you can join us!
Aaron Anderson uses both simple and sophisticated lighting setups, and his Tamron 35mm and 85mm primes, to highlight the strength and grace of his subjects.
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Welcome to our thirteenth Bergen County Camera Customer Spotlight. This monthly posting features a customer who’s made an impression on us. They might have grown in their understanding of photography, gained a mastery of the craft and / or have become a strong advocate of our way of doing business in the world of photography. During the next month you will see this customer’s images displayed on our digital signs in store, in our emails, blog posts and social media.
Nicki Bosch is our customer spotlight for the month of June. We hope you both enjoy and are inspired by this new addition to In Focus and look forward to your comments and suggestions. Below you will find a word from Nicki, followed by some of her images in the gallery below.
Nicki Granata Bosch is a natural light photographer specializing in fine art dance portraiture. She learned photography as a journalism student at Ohio State University but didn’t start shooting regularly until she had children.
Though she started working professionally in family photography, she developed a passion for shooting dancers while photographing her daughters in ballet class.
She now shoots pre-professionals and professionals regularly in New Jersey and New York City including dancers from American Ballet Theatre, Alvin Ailey, Boston Ballet, and other companies.
Nicki credits Bergen County Camera’s knowledgeable staff for always steering her in the right direction in terms of equipment and techniques for capturing the shots she has in her head. “I come in with a vision, and after discussing it with the staff at BCC, I always have the right tips and tools for bringing that vision to life with my camera,” Nicki says.