Looking for Something to do this Weekend? 9/10

Croton Gorge Park

35 Yorktown Rd.

Cortlandt, NY 10520

Visit the Croton Gorge Park in Cortlandt, NY. A picturesque location along the Croton River, the Croton Dam is a great spot to bring your camera for the day. The 97-acre area is popular for hiking, picnicking, and hiking. 

“The Old Croton Dam, built to supply New York City with water, was the first large masonry dam in the United States. Completed in 1842, it was the prototype for many municipal water supply dams in the east during the mid-nineteenth century. The city’s needs, however, soon outgrew the Croton Dam water supply. Consequently, work began on the New Croton Dam, also called the Cornell Dam because of its location on land purchased from A.B. Cornell, in 1893. Completed in 1907, the Cornell Dam stands over 200 feet high. The Croton Reservoir has a capacity of about 34 billion gallons of water with a watershed covering 177 square miles.”

The property is open to the public, and is $5 for parking with a park pass, and $10 without on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday until October 1st. The park is open 7 days a week, from 8am to dusk. 

More information can be found on their website, here.

Hiking information can be found here.

Looking for Something to do this Weekend? 9/3

Tenafly Nature Center 

New Butterfly House

Saturday and Sunday 11:00AM

313 Hudson Ave, Tenafly, NJ 07670

The Tenafly Nature Center has a new 12×24′ butterfly house, open to all ages. Come and explore the beautiful world of butterflies. 

“This seasonal exhibit showcases several beautifully colored butterflies sipping nectar and taking flight, offering guests the opportunity to better understand and appreciate their life cycle and importance to the ecosystem. Inside the exhibit you will be welcome to chat with staff or volunteers, ask questions, or simply relax and enjoy the space while butterflies flit and fly about. See if a butterfly will land on your nectar stick or just watch them fly around you as they move between nectar plants. Observe butterfly chrysalis in the chrysalis box. Maybe you will be lucky enough to see a butterfly emerge!”

The house is open to the public, and is free to residents of the nature center. For non-residents, the entrance fee is $5, which includes 1 adult and 2 children. 

More information can be found on their website, here.

Solar Eclipse – August 21st

The next total solar eclipse will occur on August 21st 2017. The path of totality is scheduled to be seen from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. Those who are located outside of this path of totality will be able to see portions of the eclipse, in a partial eclipse, with the moon covering a section of the sun’s disk. 

Path of totality, courtesy of NASA

Though New Jersey is not within the zone of totality, we are still located within the zone for a partial eclipse. At the height of the eclipse here, we should see the sun covered approximately 73%. The best time to look out for the eclipse in New Jersey is going to be around 2:45 pm. 

Regardless of a partial eclipse or not, it is extremely important to use eye protection when viewing the eclipse. Looking at the sun at anytime can damage your eyes, especially during an eclipse. Special glasses are produced for the solar eclipse, and should be ISO certified to ensure your safety when viewing this special sight. The only time it is safe to view the sun without glasses is at totality, when the moon completely covers the sun’s disk (this will not occur in New Jersey).

 

Some Tips to Help Photograph the Solar Eclipse

  • Use a telephoto/zoom lens and a tele-converter
  • Never look at the sun through your camera’s lens without proper eye protection
  • Use a solar filter for safe viewing at all times UNLESS the eclipse is at totality
  • You want a focal length under 2000mm on a full frame camera, or 1300mm on a crop sensor (this is to ensure you get the entire sun within your shot)
  • Get a sturdy tripod, and manually focus the camera to infinity
  • Practice, take a ‘test’ shot on a day before the eclipse, shoot various shutter speeds with a fixed aperture (between f/8 and f/16), and look for optimal exposures
  • Show what the solar eclipse does to the environment, find shadows, natural pinholes, and try some wide angle shots

More tips can be found online, like on Nikon’s website here

Bergen County Hazardous Waste Days 2017

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 13, 2017
Saturday, July 22, 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017

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 30, 2017
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Sunday, October 15, 2017

Bergen County Utilities Authority 9 a – 3 p

Foot of Empire Boulevard, Moonachie, NJ

Saturday, March 11, 2017
Saturday, November 18, 2017

Bergen County Hazardous Waste Days 2016

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 14, 2016
Saturday, July 23, 2016
Saturday, September 10, 2016

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 17, 2016
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bergen County Utilities Authority 9 a – 3 p

Foot of Empire Boulevard, Moonachie, NJ

Saturday, March 12, 2016
Saturday, November 12, 2016

July Classes

Classes

July 7th – Advanced Digital Photography

Join BCC’s John Tworsky and Paul Carretta for a 2 hour continuation of Intermediate Digital Photography. This class is designed to provide the next step in your digital photography learning. Topics to be covered include advanced camera operation; setting white balance, raw file format and when to use, time exposures and flash. Additional photographic topics to be discussed include flash photography, composition, metering with a grey card, converging verticals and more. Suggested Pre-requisite: An adjustable camera or DSLR and our Intermedaite Digital Photography class. Of course there will be plenty of time for questions at the end of the presentation. Course handouts include test your knowledge assignments, Basic and Intermediate class reminders, special offers, computer tips and helpful programs. No money is needed in parking meters in Westwood after 6PM.

Eventbrite - Bergen County Camera Classes

July 14th – Nikon Basic

The very basics of Auto mode, followed by how to get out of auto mode.This class focuses largely on scene modes and camera controls for exposure, white balance and focus. Composition and tips on improving photos are the main, non-technical areas that the class covers. This class is good for absolutely anyone with a camera, especially beginners and new DSLR owners. Join Bergen County Camera on Tuesday, July 14th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Tickets are $25 per person.

Eventbrite - Nikon Seminar - Basic

July 15th – Nikon Intermediate

This is an intermediate to advanced level DSLR class that covers many of the topics that one might explore after learning the basics of camera terminology and exposure. Topics covered include flash photography, custom settings, lenses, autofocus settings, metering and more. Join Bergen County Camera on Wednesday, July 15th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Tickets are $25 per person.

Eventbrite - Nikon Seminar - Intermediate

 

July 22nd – Photographing Children

Special guest, photographer Shelly Kusnetz, joins us on July 22nd from 7 PM until 9 PM to teach her great techniques of how to photograph children and capture the true essence of your child. With tips on the technical aspects and the personal approach. Tickets are $50.00.

Learn more about Shelly on her website.

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July 28th – Basic Digital Photography

Join Bergen County Camera’s John Tworsky and Paul Carretta for a 2 hour introduction to Digital Photography. This class is designed to provide the basics of digital photography regardless of the type of digital camera you are using or even if you are looking to buy your first. Topics to be covered include basic camera operation, batteries, storage media, card readers, choosing a resolution, compression, limitations and advantages of digital photography, making prints & enlargements, and storing & archiving images. Of course there will be plenty of time for questions at the end of the presentation. You’ll also receive a list of assignments to test your knowledge.

Join BCC’s John Tworsky for a two-hour class introducing Adobe Photoshop. This course is for first time and beginner Photoshop CS & Photoshop Elements users and will cover computer & program requirements, acquiring images, image formats, storage considerations and a basic overview of the capabilities of Photoshop. Examples include opening images, rotating, preparing images for email, preparing images for printing, image adjustments (brightness, contrast & color), fixing crooked images & scans and printing multiple images on a single sheet of paper. Although this class is presented on a PC, most if not all information will carry over to use on Macintosh.

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July 29th – Intermediate Digital Photography

Join BCC’s John Tworsky and Paul Carretta for a 2 hour continuation of Basic Digital Photography. This class is designed to provide the next step in your digital photography learning. Topics to be covered include exposure (f-stops, shutter speeds, ISO), using shutter speeds to control motion, using f-stops to control depth of field, and ISO to control sensor sensitivity. We’ll talk about composition, tripods, monopods, self timers, keeping your images safe and more. Suggested Pre-requisite: Basic Digital Photography. Of course there will be plenty of time for questions at the end of the presentation. Course handouts include test your knowledge assignments, basic class reminders, special offers, computer tips and helpful programs. No money is needed in parking meters in Westwood after 6PM.

Eventbrite - Bergen County Camera Classes

Free Focus Sessions – July and August 2015

Focus sessions are free and take place in our store from 9:30 am – 10 am. All sessions will allow for questions and answers. Please bring your camera and any images along that you have questions about. Feel free to use the comment option to make suggestions for future focus sessions.

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Here’s our upcoming Focus Sessions:

July 4 – No Focus Session – Bergen County Camera Closed

July 11 – Wildlife Photography

July 18 – Sensor Cleaning

July 25 –  When Things Go Wrong

August 1 – Infrared Photography – See what it can do for you – presenter Alan Schwab

August 8 – Mylio with Special Guest Harry Wendt

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!

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Scam Warning For Photographers

Recently one of our employees was contacted through their website with the following message:

“I will like to know your availability day in July, 2015 just for 6 hours service, also i will need portrait work done after the photography work is done after the event. I will like you to get back to me with your availability day in July, its a family reunion party. And also do you accept credit card payment?”

Note that there is no date stated for the family reunion, and the biggest warning sign, the request to use a credit card for payment. If you contact them with your prices they will respond:

“The price is okay with me and i am ready to make full payment of the service now with my credit card so i can be rest assured the date is secured for the event, I need you to render me a favor regarding the event planner that is handling the event for me. The favor is that the event planner is currently not authorized to accept credit card so i want you to help coordinate his fee on my card along with your payment. I will give you my card to charge for your service and the event planner fee (You will charge your fee then charge an additional $1500 for the event planner) As soon as you charge it through and it approves you will forward it to him so everything can be set for the event, Reason i am asking you for the favor is cus i just got out of Intensive care and My Psychiatrist strongly a Psychiatrist strongly advice me to minimize the stress i go through else i might develop severe weakness and tiredness. I am willing to offer you an extra $50 as tip for your assistance, Bear with me I will be authorizing and responsible for all the charges on my credit card.”

The scammer will give a reason to make a larger payment and will request you wire the difference to a second person. Once you wire the money, you will never hear from the scammer again. The credit card will be a fake and you will be left out of your money and time.

This scam is currently being attempted both on Facebook and through photography websites. They use several fake names through these scams including Leland Whitehurst, Shane West, Tom Porter, Jeremy, and Janice Adara.

Remember when anyone online asks you to forward money to a second party, this is a scam. Be careful and stay safe!

Father’s Day Photo Night Presented By Canon

fdbanBring the family in to Bergen County Camera on Thursday, June 18th from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM for a night filled with fun and photography. While Mom or Dad learns how to use a Canon DSLR, the kids will get to design a custom photo mat. Mom or Dad can take a photo of their kids in our in-store studio and we’ll print a free 8×10 on a Canon Pixma Pro Printer. We’ll then mat the photo with the custom mat designed by your children for a great photo present for Father’s Day. Pizza and chicken nuggets will be served. Plus, we’ll have incredible deals on Canon printers available that night only!
Eventbrite - Father's Day Photo Night Presented by Canon