Longwood Gardens Trip with Olympus and Frank T Smith May 7

Join Bergen County Camera and Olympus Trailblazer Frank Smith for a photo excursion to Longwood Gardens in Kennet Square, PA. Longwood Gardens is considered to be the World’s premier horticultural display garden.

The beautiful 1050 acre site features 20 outdoor gardens, 20 indoor gardens, spectacular fountains, and 11,000 different types of plants. Our trip is planned during the Garden’s Spring Blooms. With dogwoods, magnolias, wisterias, azaleas, foam-flowers, and more than 240,000 tulips, Spring Blooms creates a symphony of color like no other season. BCC staff will be available to assist you with your photography throughout the day. Tickets are $99 each and include pre trip class, transportation, admission and Saturday Focus Session Trip Review. We also have a full Macro Photography class scheduled for April 25th if you want to improve your skills before the trip. $50

 


All about Frank T. Smith 
At an early age (3 years old+/-) I developed a curiosity with photography. My grandfather, Frank Fehn was an avid photographer, always with his Leica camera in his hand and me by his side. He bought me a miniature replica 35mm camera which was the beginning of my life-long passion for photography.

Photography is my passion – both in taking the pictures as well as the post pro-cessing techniques that I use. I am an experienced traveler having had the op-portunity to photograph in places around the world. As a native of the northeast, I also enjoy the local scenery of the Pocono Mountains or urban decay and iconic subjects as well as historical sites such as the former Bethlehem Steel factory in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. My portfolio is diverse.

I use the Olympus Micro Four Thirds system. My workhorses are the Pro OM-D EM-1 Mark II and the EM-5 Mark II. I use the OM-D EM-10 Mark II for road trav-el and family events. I use a variety of different lenses based on the camera and type of shooting I am doing. My attraction with Olympus is two-fold; first the camera and lens quality and second, the weight and size. My post processing is done with Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop CC, and various plug-ins.

I am a member of the Olympus Visionary Program. Olympus Visionaries are es-tablished, award-winning professional photographers who travel the world with Olympus products to capture life’s beauty and splendor. The elite members of the program include several Pulitzer Prize–winning photographers, as well as artists whose careers have included assignments around the globe. Frank Smith Olym-pus Trailblazer

I believe photography is a constantly changing art form and as such I try to stay current by teaching workshops & classes every year. I exhibit my work in various galleries. Some of my recent exhibits include “Atacama – A Lunar Landscape”, “Near and Far” an 8 year compilation of India; “Bhutan – The Land of the Thunder Dragon”; “Allentown State Hospital – A Different View” and “The Birth of a Na-tion- South Sudan”. My work can be seen on my website at www.franksmithphotos.com or on my blog where I post my up to date work regu-larly at www.franktsmith.wordpress.com/. You can also follow me on Facebook. I was also published in Outdoor Photography (December 2013) and presented a Ted Talk in 2013 titled Looking thru the Lens -Vocation vs. Avocation. In November 2015, PBS did the following interview with me.

Free Olympus Camera Clean and Check Event February 20

Free event for Olympus Cameras on Saturday February 20th from 11 – 5 pm. – Free pre-registration required. You will not be charged for this service, nor will you be shipping your product. They’re coming to us! Simply list your information, then type of Camera you’ll be bringing in and list “Bergen County Camera Free Clean & Check” under the “Reason for submission or symptoms” area so that your cleaning can be scheduled! Please choose “Under Warranty” so that you are not prompted to enter a credit card. Thank you!

 

 

35 Years – 35 Events – Celebrate With Us

bcc35bannerTo prepare for our 35th anniversary, Bergen County Camera is excited to announce the start of “35 Years – 35 Events”. Beginning next Saturday, March 7th at 9:30 AM when Lytro joins us for an in-store demonstration and running throughout 2015. These upcoming events will culminate with a grand celebration on our 35th anniversary. We look forward to announcing many exciting events coming up soon.

1. March 7th – Living Pictures With Lytro Demo Day and Focus Session

2. March 14 – Drones Focus Session with special guest Tom Schiavone

3. April 11 – Nikon Demo Day

4. April 15 – Catch the Shot Photo Event Presented By Canon Sign Up Here

5. May 9 – Nikon Demo Day

6. May 21 – Rockland Boulders Opening Day In The Dugout Sign Up Here

7. October 18th – Lakota Wolf Preserve Sign Up Here

More Coming Soon!

New Olympus Cameras Announced

Olympus has announced the new OM-D E-M5 Mark II. Pre-order your camera now by visiting Bergen County Camera or call us at (201)664-4113.

OM-D E-M5 Mark II

  • 1_e-m5markii_slv_right_m14-150-2_blk_s16 Megapixels
  • 5 Axis IS
  • Built in Wifi
  • 40 Megapixel Sensor Shift Images
  • 1080p HD Video
  • Built in Time Lapse
  • Stabilizer built for handheld video shooting

 

 

TG-860

  • 3_tg-860_org_front16 Megapixels
  • Built in Wifi
  • Waterproof to 50 ft.
  • Shockproof to 7 ft.
  • Freezeproof to 14°F
  • Wide angle 21-105mm lens (5x zoom equivalent)

 

Evening with an Artist – Frank T. Smith

Bergen County Camera and Olympus proudly presents the next artist for our “Evening With an Artist” series. On Monday, June 2nd from 7 pm until 9 pm,  Frank T. Smith will be discussing Travel Photography. Frank is an Olympus Visionary who has traveled to such locations as Iceland, India, and Bhutan. Learn more about Frank on his website.

Frank discussing his passion for travel photography, “I have learned through my travels and working with various other photographers, that I can leverage my skills in a philanthropic photo journalistic way.  Capturing stories and cultures such as sex-trafficking in Mumbai and regional corruption in areas such as South Sudan and Haiti help to bring awareness and aid to these cultures. Being able to use my skill and resources through photography adds to my passion.”

Sign ups are live now on eventbrite.

Eventbrite - Bergen County Camera Presents: Evening with an Artist

Olympus OM-D E-M1 – Now in Stock

A21C9205 We’ve just received several OM-D E-M1 camera bodies. This incredible camera, when paired with the Olympus 12-40 f/2.8, becomes incredibly weather proof. There’s actually a photo reviewer who ran the OM-D E-M1 under a faucet while shooting photos and the camera survived. The freedom of being able to take your camera out into the rain or snow in any location and not have to worry about it is incredibly nice. This camera also features Olympus’ incredibly fast autofocus system and a large selection of lenses available for the micro 4/3rds mount. Stop in Bergen County Camera in Westwood to try out one of this year’s most impressive cameras.

Hands on with the Olympus OM-D E-M1

A21C8724  On Thursday morning our Olympus representative stopped in with a little surprise for us, the brand new Olympus OM-D E-M1. This latest pinnacle in micro four thirds cameras is said to be a successor to the Olympus E-5, rather then a replacement of the OM-D E-M5. Understandable when focusing Olympus’ four thirds lenses is as quick on the E-M1 as it was on the E-5.

First reaction to holding the camera is how well made it feels. With the OM-D E-M1’s fully magnesium alloy construction and a weather, dust, spash, and freezeproof body, the camera doesn’t just feel solid, it is solid. Packed inside the camera is a brand new 16.3 megapixel Live MOS sensor and an updated version of Olympus’ dual AF technology, combining 81 contrast detection autofocus points with 31 phase detection autofocus points. The photos coming out of the camera simply looked brilliant. Still considerably smaller then any SLR on the market and capable of producing images comparable in quality, this looks to be one of the best cameras coming out in the near future.

Feel free to stop by Bergen County Camera to pre-order or ask any questions about the Olympus OM-D E-M1.