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.

Register Now Read more

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 NJ.com‘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!


Hit the “Like Button” to let your friends know. Have suggestions for future focus sessions? Feel free to leave a comment.

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!

"fo</p

Free Saturday Focus Sessions – June

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!


Hit the “Like Button” to let your friends know. Have suggestions for future focus sessions? Feel free to leave a comment.

Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

May 27 – Get Steady – Using Tripods and Monopods
June 3 – Taking Great Vacation Photos
June 10 – Outdoor Portraits
June 17 – Fireworks photography
June 24 – Sidewalk Sale/Street Photography

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!

"fo</p

Customer Spotlight – Dr. Kumar Patel

Welcome to our fourth 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. We hope you both enjoy and are inspired by this new addition to In Focus and look forward to your comments and suggestions. 

Dr. Kumar Patel is this month’s customer profile. Please enjoy a few of Dr. Kumar Patel’s images in the gallery below.

A word from Dr. Kumar Patel:
My passion is nature photography. In my opinion, being close to nature provides the best form of meditation. In addition, I find it fascinating to observe and study animal behavior. I am learning something new all the time.

My photography allows me to share my love of nature with family and friends. In this endeavor, the support and guidance from our friends at Bergen County Camera is an invaluable asset for me.

My website: patelpix.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kumar.patel.5891

Dr. Kumar Patel

Preventing Memory Card Trouble – Best Practice

Preventing errors:
The main preventable causes of digital camera disasters are:

  • Continuing to shoot past the cameras low battery warning. If the battery goes dead while the camera is saving an image to your card or transferring images to your computer more than likely, your card will become unreadable. Using a card reader (powered by your computer) rather than your camera cable (powered by your battery) reduces risk. 
  • Never shoot until the card is full – reading 0 pictures left
  • Ejecting the memory card while the camera is saving a file (light still flashing).
  • Opening the card access door before turning the camera off especially if still saving (light still flashing)
  • Switching to view mode while the camera is saving an image or
  • Improper storage leading to Physical Damage
  • Using the same card in multiple cameras – this may cause unpredictable results
  • Using cards after they exhibit errors – replace cards after you experience trouble

Reducing your risk in the future:
There is no guarantee that you can prevent all errors or will be able to recover files but there are some things you can do to MAXIMIZE your chances of recovery before you run into trouble. The best approach is to archive your images on the memory card to Cloud, DVD or Blu-Ray or other safe media. Once you’re certain the images are all copied, you should FORMAT your card.  

Formatting the card sets the card up to receive new images sequentially written to the disk. This means that the picture is stored in one complete area on the memory card. Over time if you frequently erase and retake many pictures, the camera is unable to save the files in one complete piece and needs to store the image in many pieces called FRAGMENTS on the memory card.

Should the media become corrupted; the recovery process can only recover the first portion of a fragmented file. An example of an image recovered from a fragmented file is shown below. 

         

The next image was recovered from a media card with CONTIGUOUS files affording you the best chance of a full recovery.

What to do after disaster strikes:
When you get the scary message “CARD ERROR” or (CH) there is a very good chance that images can still be recovered from your media card. First, don’t do anything with your card. Remove your card from the camera. Don’t run Windows Scandisk or any other utility on your memory card. Don’t format the card in your camera or computer. It is essential you don’t do anything with the problem card in order to maximize the chances for a good recovery. This is why we suggest carrying multiple cards in your camera bag.

 

The Promaster Advantage:
If you purchased a Promaster memory card from Bergen County Camera, your in house standard recovery is Free + media charges, a Promaster advantage! (does not include DriveSavers). In the event your Promaster card has any electronic damage, the card will be replaced at no charge to you!

DriveSavers Recovery Services

Any memory cards that are not recoverable by our standard file recovery service can be sent for advanced recovery from DriveSavers. Although this can be expensive, they may be able to recover images when we are unable to. All jobs sent to DriveSavers through Bergen County Camera receive a 10% discount off their regular prices.

 

RØDE Mic – Specials through June 30

RØDE is giving away a FREE WINDSHIELD with selected microphone purchases.

Buy an NTG1, NTG2, NTG4, NTG4+ and receive a
FREE WS6 Deluxe Windshield. Get an NTG3 or NTG3B and receive a
FREE WS7 Deluxe Windshield. Buy a VideoMic Pro Rycote®, get a
FREE DeadCat VMPR Windshield. A Stereo VideoMic Pro Rycote® scores a
FREE DeadKitten Windshield. Look for the yellow sticker! While stocks last!