Bergen County Hazardous Waste Days 2018

Hazardous Waste Days open to Bergen County, NJ Residents Only

Most photo chemicals are considered hazardous waste so this is a great opportunity to safely dispose of what you are no longer using. This event is open to Bergen County, New Jersey residents only with ID. The following items are no accepted so please do not bring computers, electronics, batteries (only car and rechargeable accepted), or tires to these collections. If you have questions please call the Bergen County Hazardous Waste Hotline 201-807-5825. Information for other New Jersey Counties can be found at the NJ Hazardous Waste Co-ordinators website. Businesses must pre-register before the collection day by calling 201-807-8696 to make arrangements.

View the Bergen County Utility Authorities Hazardous Waste Day Flyer

Campgaw Mountain Reservation 9 a – 3 p

200 Campgaw Rd., Mahwah

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Saturday, July 21, 2018
Saturday, September 8, 2018

Bergen Community College 9 a – 3 p

400 Paramus Road, Paramus, NJ

Bergen Community College, 400 Paramus Rd., Paramus

(entry via Paramus Road Only)
Sunday, April 15, 2018
Sunday, June 24, 2018
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Bergen County Utilities Authority 9 a – 3 p

Foot of Empire Boulevard, Moonachie, NJ

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Saturday, November 17, 2018

Sunset Sunflower Photography Tour Meetup  – Sept 9th

Join Bergen County Camera for a meet-up trip to Donaldson Farms in Hackettstown, NJ for their Sunset Sunflower Photography tour. Rick Gerrity of Panasonic will guide us as we enjoy the highly sought after “golden hour” in the 25+ acres of Black Oil Sunflower fields. You’ll enjoy a hayride farm tour of the 500+ acre family owned and operated working produce farm with sprawling views of farmlands and long range mountain vistas.

Photo: Rick Gerrity

BCC staff will meet at The Farm Market at Donaldson Farms located at 358 Allen Rd, Hackettstown, NJ 07840 at 5:00pm on Saturday, September 9th. Our tour will begin at 5:30pm sharp. Water and a healthy snack will be provided for our tour.  Feel free to come early and stop in the Farm Market if you’d like to make any purchases before our tour. We’ll stop throughout the evening for you to capture your very best shots with the helpful instruction of professional photographer Rick Gerrity. You’ll learn how to adjust your camera for lighting and effect and go home with some amazing shots! BCC’s personnel will also be on hand to answer questions and help with your photography.

In the event of rain, a decision will be made on Saturday morning. The rain date for this trip is Sunday, September 10th.  All registered attendees will be notified on Saturday morning if the trip will be postponed. Anyone under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Tickets are $35.00 each.

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Tamron Introduces new 24-70 f2.8 Di VC G2 USD

Nikon mount in stock give us a call for more details – 201-664-4113

The wait is over! Meet the next generation high-speed SP 24-70mm F/2.8 G2 zoom lens for full-frame DSLR cameras. Model A032 is a high performance fast zoom that achieves top-level image quality. Equipped with a new Dual MPU (Micro Processing Units), the lens provides excellent focusing speed with the highest vibration compensation performance of any lens in its class at 5 stops (CIPA-rated). Other new features include e-Band coating for maximum suppression of ghosting and flare, fluorine coating, and new lens hood release lock. And it’s compatible with the TAP-In Console. This new high-speed zoom is perfect for all types of photography, including landscapes, portraits, news, travel and much more. On sale now (Nikon Mount Only) Canon Mount coming 9/2!  Stop by and give it a test drive! 


Adobe Camera Raw 9.12 now available

For the full story take a look at the Adobe blog post explaining all the latest camera and lens profiles updates / supported. Adobe recommends that you use the update mechanism inside Photoshop – “Help -> Updates”
For Creative Cloud users this download should automatically become available.

Here’s the list of changes to existing camera support (referenced in Adobe’s blog post).

Camera Raw 9.12  add support for the following cameras

  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • Canon EOS 200D(EOS Kiss X9, EOS Rebel SL2)
  • Leica TL2
  • Nikon D7500
  • Olympus Tough TG-5

15 new lens profiles have been added.

Where to Photograph Fireworks – Locations and Tips 2017

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!

Focus session July 22 – Wide Angle lenses with Special Guest Erica Robinson and Tamron

Photo – Erica Robinson

Join us for a special focus session on Saturday, July 22, 2017 at 9:30 am with special guest Erica Robinson.

Sponsored by Tamron – Everyone is Welcome – We hope you can join us.

Here’s Erica’s bio

Erica Robinson has always had a strong passion for both photography and travel, but once merging the two together is where she found her true passion. After studying photography in college her first adventure was working as a photographer for a cruise line out on the ships. Trying to pursue a different genre she then worked with talented Boston wedding photographers while learning the technical side working for a local camera store. Photography is an incredible tool that allows us to stop a moment and relive it every time we look at that image. She genuinely enjoys teaching others how to capture that moment in the way it makes them feel, to relive it over and over again.

Free Saturday Focus Sessions – July

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:

June 24 – Street Photography and Westwood Sidewalk Sale
July 1 – How to clean your camera and why
July 8 – Assignment Review “Bella Luna”
July 15 – Beach Photography
July 22 – Wide Angle Lens with Special Guest Erica Robinson and Tamron
July 29 – Why Buy Used Equipment

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!