Prepare Your Camera For Summer

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With the welcome return of summer comes vacations, beaches, pools, and campfires. We know you’re ready, but is your camera? All too often we hear the dreaded stories of past vacations where a camera suddenly stops working. Avoid the disappointment by following this camera checklist:

1. Turn your camera on – It’s a simple step, but sometimes it reveals a serious issue.

  • If your camera turns on – Great! Step one passed.
  • If your camera does not turn on – Don’t panic. Try charging you battery. Camera batteries can go dead after months of sitting on a shelf. If your camera still does not turn on after charging your battery, bring your camera in and we’ll figure out what’s wrong. Your battery could have stopped holding a charge, or it could be something worse. We’re here to help!

2. Spend some time taking sporadic photos throughout your day – Make sure you use your flash for a few photos.

  • If your camera takes photos – Great! Step two passed.
  • If your camera takes photos but the battery dies quickly – Often camera batteries will stop holding a charge or hold less of a charge after a few years of use. If your battery life diminishes quickly it’s time for a replacement battery.
  • The camera won’t take photos or has given an error screen – Try a different memory card. It could be a bad memory card causing the problem. If it’s still not taking photos, bring the camera in. It could be a quick fix, it could be worse. Either way, we’re here to help!
  • The flash isn’t working – Check which mode your camera currently is in. In Auto mode your camera will automatically raise and fire your flash. In Program on more manual modes, you must tell the camera to use the flash. Check which mode your camera is currently in. If it’s still having issues, bring it in. Could be something simple, could need to be fixed. We’ll figure it out for you.

3. Download your photos to your computer –

  • Everything downloaded quickly and looks correct – Great! You’ve got a working camera and memory card. We still recommend taking an extra battery and memory card with you this summer, because it’s always better to be safe then to miss an important moment.
  • It’s been downloading for hours, does it usually take this long? – No, sometimes your memory cards have corruption issues and sometimes your memory card readers stop working right. Bring in the memory card and we’ll figure out which is not working. You can try formatting the card, but this will lose the photos currently saved on your memory card. Better losing those meaningless photos then important once in a lifetime photos.
  • The computer gave me a corruption message – You can try formatting your memory card, this will delete all the photos currently on your memory card. You may need a new memory card. Remember all Promaster memory cards and rechargeable lithium ion camera batteries have lifetime guarantees.

Recommended summer vacation accessories:

  • Optech Rain Sleeves – Now available in several different sizes, these plastic sleeves will allow you to take photos safely in the rain. Also great for protection from sand damage. Place your camera in the sleeve and take those great beach photos without having to worry about wind blown sand ending up inside your camera.
  • Polarized lens filter – Great vacation spots always include some form of water and polarizers make a huge difference when photographing water.
  • Back Up Promaster Battery – Keep taking photos with a back up battery. All Promaster batteries come with a lifetime guarantee.
  • Back Up Promaster SD Card – Take more photos and don’t worry about corruption. Have multiple memory cards to save your photos to.
  • Comfortable Camera Bag – The more comfortable you can make having your camera with you, the less likely you’ll be to leave it behind.
  • Comfortable Neck Strap – Walking around with a camera on your neck can be irritating. Purchasing a comfortable neck strap or shoulder strap for your camera can change your photo experience.

Still not feeling confident with your camera or think there is an issue? Visit Bergen County Camera and we’ll check your camera and lenses, and give you recommendations for what accessories you’ll need for your vacation.

 

Mylio: The Next Generation Photo Management System

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All of Your Photos. All of Your Devices. Always Protected.

Say hello to Mylio: the next generation photo management system.

Visit Bergen County Camera now to learn all about Mylio, the latest photo management software, and how it can help you organize, maintain, and share your photos on all your devices.

Every Photo. Everywhere.

Mylio helps you gather, organize and access all of your photos so you can enjoy them on all your computers and devices, with or without the cloud.

Whether your photo library represents your lifetime or your livelihood, Mylio is the only photography management software system that allows you to organize and access large photo libraries anytime, anywhere.

Peace of Mind. Automatically.

Mylio automatically manages multiple copies of your photo library. Your new photos are protected because Mylio automatically copies them to several devices, hard drives or the cloud.

Mylio’s protection service works with your ideal backup strategy: local or remote devices, hard drives, the Mylio Cloud Service, or all of the above. Your photo library is yours. Your photos and information are always private and never shared.

Photo Tripper

Whether it’s a family vacation or a professional photo shoot, Mylio protects your photos on multiple devices, even when you’re on the road.

The Mylio Device Network syncs and protects your images when you’re on the road and have limited or no Internet access.

When you return, your photos are automatically in your photo library, organized and ready to enjoy on your devices. Mylio’s done all the work.

Simple and Elegant

Mylio was designed from the ground up with a simple, elegant interface that looks and acts the same, whether you’re using it on a desktop computer, tablet or phone.

The Mylio user interface enables you to work quickly and naturally with the mouse, touch or both at the same time!

Powerfully Fast

Mylio can handle a lifetime of photographs without sacrificing speed or performance. Whether you have a thousand photos or hundreds of thousands, Mylio won’t slow you or your devices down.

Works & Plays Well with Others

Mylio works with what you have, complementing your Lightroom, Photoshop or Aperture workflow. Import photos and collections from Facebook, Flickr and iPhoto. You can quickly share any photo or album on Facebook and Flickr.

Price

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Visit Bergen County Camera today to learn more about how Mylio can make organizing your photos easier.

Long Exposure Photography

Long Exposures

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“Boulevard du Temple”, a daguerreotype made by Louis Daguerre in 1838. The first known photograph of a human.

The first cameras ever made would only shoot long exposure photographs. These cameras could only capture low levels of light over a prolonged amount of time. The first known photograph of a person “Boulevard du Temple” was taken by coincidence in 1838. A gentleman just happened to get his shoes shined while the photograph was being taken. This anonymous figure stood just still enough for just long enough to appear in the final image.

Long exposure photography involved forcing your camera to shoot images at slower then needed shutter speeds in order to create a motion effect. Long exposure photographs can produce smooth or milky water, light trails, and moving object disappearing from the final image.

Depending on when you are taking your long exposure photograph, you will need the following items:

  • A Camera with manual setting
  • Tripod
  • Neutral Density Filter (during the day)
  • A remote release (Either wired or wireless)

There are a few ways to slow down your shutter speed without overexposing your photograph. You can lower your ISO, close down your aperture (f/8-f22), or use neutral density filters. Due to the shutter speed being slow, a tripod is needed to prevent motion blur on your subject.

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An example of a long exposure photograph taken during the day using a neutral density filter.

To take a long exposure photograph, place your camera into aperture priority or manual mode. In aperture priority your camera will choose a proper shutter speed based upon what you set the aperture and ISO to in your camera. If you set your ISO to 100 and raise the aperture to close down the lens (f/18 or f/22) your camera will be forced to take a photo at a slower shutter speed. The same effect can be created by manually setting the ISO, aperture, and shutter speed but you will be forced to meter your image instead of the camera.

When photographing water during the day, place your camera on a tripod and use a neutral density filter. Neutral density filters will allow less light to pass through your lens. There are several different levels of neutral density filters each blocking more amount then the previous. ( 4x, 8x, 16x, 32x, 400x, 1000x) Variable Neutral Density filters also are available. These allow the photographer to select how much light to let through.

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A night time long exposure shot without a neutral density filter.

When shooting Long Exposure photographs at night, the neutral density filter is often not needed. The camera can be placed upon a tripod and shot using whatever light is available. However, on nights when the moon is full or when you’re near other light sources the desired effect cannot be accomplished. In those situations a Neutral Density Filter can be used.

The effects accomplished by shooting long exposure photographs in the right places can be amazing. Recently a photographer named Christopher Thomas shot long exposure photographs of New York city which make the city look abandoned.  Michael Massaia, one of the artists represented by Gallery 270, has created several absolutely stunning photographs, including several photos in his “Afterlife portfolio, using long exposure techniques.

To learn more about long exposure photography stop into Bergen County Camera, comment below, or send us a message on Facebook. We’re here to help!

Visit Bergen County Camera this Thursday night, April 30th, between 6 PM and 9 PM to save 20% on all Promaster Camera batteries and filters. (including Neutral Density filters!)

Focus Session and Demo Day – Living Pictures With Lytro

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Free Focus Sessions – February 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:

February 7 – Urban Landscape Photography

February 14 – For The Love of Photography

February 21 – Macro Photography

February 28 – Share Your Favorite Places

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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Print Critique Focus Session Special

This Saturday, January 17th at 9:30 am, bring in one of your printed images for this week’s focus session and we’ll critique your print and provide you helpful tips in how to improve your photography. For participating in the focus session, you’ll save 20% on any frame for your print. Limited to one frame per person. Available on in stock items only.

Photo Books at Bergen County Camera

Bergen County Camera’s selection of photo books can provide hours of enjoyment, wonder, and inspiration. We welcome you to visit Bergen County Camera or Gallery 270 and view our growing collection of books from artists including George Tice, Baron Wolman, Sebastiao Salgado, Herman Leonard, Jefferson Hayman, Melchior DiGiacomo, and many more.

New additions to our photo books include:

Baron Wolman’s “Woodstock”baron

Relive the original 1969 Woodstock experience with this incredible book featuring over 75 images from the 3-day festival,  An exclusive 14-page interview of Baron and Michael Lang, concert promoter and co-creator of Woodstock, a complete set of Baron’s never before seen Woodstock contact sheets, and a foreword by none other than Carlos Santana.

Also available is the limited edition version of only 250 copies featuring:

• The widely-praised hardbound book nestled in an elegant custom slipcase with gold embossing.

• One correspondingly numbered and signed 8×10 silver gelatin print of Baron Wolman’s “Woodstock Cows”.

• One very rare original Woodstock admission ticket.

“The Rolling Stones”

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The kind of fame and success The Rolling Stones have achieved in their 50-years and counting career is without parallel; their most famous riffs and catchiest lyrics are indelibly engraved in our collective memory. With their bluesy rock ‘n’ roll and mesmerizing off and onstage presence, the Stones redefined the music of the 1960s and 1970s and paved the way for rock as we know it today. They also set the standard for how a rock band should look and behave. Produced in close collaboration with the band, this book charts the Stones’ remarkable history and outrageously cool lifestyle in over 500 pages of photographs and illustrations, many previously unseen, and gathered from archives all over the world. Unprecedented access to the Rolling Stones’ own archives in New York and London adds an equally extraordinary, more private side to their story. For Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie this is their official photographic record.

Featuring over 500 pages of incredible images from some of the world’s greatest photographers, including David Bailey, Peter Beard, Cecil Beaton, Bob Bonis, Anton Corbijn, Annie Leibovitz, Gered Mankowitz, Helmut Newton, Norman Parkinson, Bent Rej, and Ethan Russel, a foreword written by President Bill Clinton, three new essays from award-winning writers David Dalton, Waldemar Januszczak, and Luc Sante, and an appendix including Stones in the media, a Stones timeline, a discography, and photographers’ biographies.

Also available is the Limited Collector’s Edition of 1,150 copies. Numbered and signed by Mick, Keith, Charlie, and Ronnie!

National Geographic “Around The World in 125 Years”Natgeo

For five generations, National Geographic magazine has dazzled and educated people with its incredible photographs, illustrations, and gripping stories from the four corners of the earth. Combining travel, wildlife, science, history, culture, and conservation, the National Geographic Society’s trailblazing magazine has inspired millions of readers to explore and take an interest in the planet we inhabit. Now, in celebration of its 125th anniversary, National Geographic has opened their archives to distill the journey of a lifetime.

Features:

  • 1,404 pages of photos in three volumes
  • Includes photos by Steve McCurry, Frans Lanting, George Rodger, James Nachtwey, and dozens of National Geographic staffers who covered the world from Timbuktu to Tuvalu
  • Introductory essays by Douglas Brinkley
  • Photographer biographies
  • Each slipcase converts into its own bookstand because these treasures deserve to be put on display!

 

Sebastião Salgado’s “Genesis”sal1

On a very fortuitous day in 1970, 26-year-old Sebastião Salgado held a camera for the first time. When he looked through the viewfinder, he experienced a revelation: suddenly life made sense. From that day onward—though it took years of hard work before he had the experience to earn his living as a photographer—the camera became his tool for interacting with the world. Salgado, who “always preferred the chiaroscuro palette of black-and-white images,” shot very little color in his early career before giving it up completely. This new opus, GENESIS, is the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society—the land and life of a still-pristine planet. “Some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis,” Salgado reminds us. “We must preserve what exists.” The GENESIS project, along with the Salgados’ Instituto Terra, are dedicated to showing the beauty of our planet, reversing the damage done to it, and preserving it for the future. Salgado likens GENESIS to “my love letter to the planet.”

Over 30 trips—traveled by foot, light aircraft, seagoing vessels, canoes, and even balloons, through extreme heat and cold and in sometimes dangerous conditions—Salgado created a collection of images showing us nature, animals, and indigenous peoples in breathtaking beauty. Mastering the monochrome with an extreme deftness to rival the virtuoso Ansel Adams, Salgado brings black-and-white photography to a new dimension.

Whereas the limited Collector’s Edition is conceived like a large-format portfolio that meanders across the planet, this unlimited book presents a selection of photographs arranged in five chapters geographically: Planet South, Sanctuaries, Africa, Northern Spaces, Amazonia and Pantanal. Each in their own way, this book and the Collector’s edition, pay homage to Salgado’s triumphant and unparalleled GENESIS project.

The Collector’s Edition, limited to 2,500 copies, numbered, and signed by Sebastião Salgado, is also available.  Featuring:

  • Two volumes bound in quarter-leather and cloth
  • SUMO size: 46.8 x 70 cm (18.4 x 27.6 in.)
  • A book stand in cherry wood veneer designed by Tadao Ando
  • A cloth-bound caption book
  • Delivered in a wooden cargo box (total weight: 59 kg [130 lb])

Available now both online and in store.

 

The Bergen County Camera Advantage

BCC_Since1980_Spectrum_Iris-Outl copyIn this day and age when many stores are interested in selling you the box, Bergen County Camera is still selling what’s inside the box – and often priced remarkably close to thebig box stores. An approach that truly puts the focus on you!

Here’s what’s included

  • We’ll assess your needs and guide you to the right camera and accessories to meet your goals and objectives
  • We’ll set up your new camera so you’ll leave the store ready to take pictures
  • You’ll learn as much about your camera and photography as you want — we’re always available to answer your questions in-store, by phone or email.
  • We are authorized retailers for all the brands we carry and never sell grey market goods
  • Free Focus Sessions educate on a variety of photographic topics every Saturday at 9:30 am
  • We offer a yearly lineup of photo excursions and meetups to explore and enhance your enjoyment of photography
  • We offer classes on variety of digital photography topics from beginner to advanced
  • We take trade-ins towards your new purchase and also offer consignment sales
  • Should your camera ever require service we’ll arrange all the details to get
    your camera repaired
  • We’ve got you covered from start to finish for most photographic projects with rentalsprocessing, framing and more
  • A full service Fine Art Photography gallery, Gallery 270, located in Englewood, New Jersey
  • A local business since 1980 and proud donor to local charity Table to Table