Covid-19 Update April 23, 2021

In-person – Virtual/Online – Delivery operations – Curbside Options

Current Updates:

  • We are open for both in-store shopping and curbside pickup
  • In-store shopping is available Monday-Saturday 10am-5pm
  • Now offering passport photos again – please call for appointments for groups/families, walk-ins available for individual passport photos
  • Now offering camera/lens/equipment rentals
  • Merv 16 Filtration on 3 HVAC air Handlers
  • EME-H Halo In-Duct Air Purifier on 4 HVAC air Handlers
  • We will resume limited outdoor events beginning May 1 – distancing and masking guidelines provided

Current Safety Measures:

  • We will have limited capacity in store (for both employees and customers)
  • Masks covering both nose and mouth required at all times for both customers and employees
  • Mask policy includes public and non public areas of store
  • Plexi-glass has been installed to provide physical barriers
  • Social distancing is required at all times (at least 6 feet)
  • We will be utilizing extra store space (using store next door for easier distancing)
  • Frequent hand washing practices (before and after interactions with customers)
  • Frequent disinfecting will occur storewide
  • Signage will be available to implement our new safety standards
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Bob Krist Book Talk: Old Souls and Timeless Places

Focus Session - Bob Krist Book Talk: Old Souls & Timeless Places

About the Book: A retrospective collection of portraits and landscapes, all captured in rich black and white, from Krist’s travels around the world. Old Souls & Timeless Places is a heartfelt paean to the people and places the photographer holds most dear after a lifetime of travel. The Travel Photographer blog called it “brilliant and masterful.” The photographs are reproduced in spectacular quad tone black & white, spot varnished, in a presentation that feels “more like a gallery show than a book.” Proceeds from the sale of this book go to the Jonathan Krist Foundation, a non-profit that grants scholarships and aid to students in underserved communities. There are only 500 copies of “Old Souls and Timeless Places” and our exclusive editions with signed Bob Krist photographs are only available through Bergen County Camera. At least 50% of the proceeds from book sales supports the work of The Jonathan Krist Foundations which provides scholarships to art and music students in underserved communities.

Click here to purchase Bob Krist books.

Signed copies $60
Signed copies with one 8x10 signed photos $125
Signed copies with two 8x10 signed photos $150
Limited availability of other our of print Bob Krist books

Down the Shore - $25
A Photo Tour of New York $25

DriveSavers Tips: How to Recover Deleted iPhone Photos

How to recover deleted photos from an iPhone

Recover Deleted iPhone Photos

Americans take about 20 photos per day, and most of us have more than 600 just saved on our phones, not counting cloud-based storage systems and local hard drives. We like pictures. A lot. So what happens when they’re accidentally deleted? Do you know how to recover deleted photos from iPhone?

Fortunately, there are a few different ways to recover photos from iPhone. Here are five tried-and-true methods to find deleted photos on iPhone.

Story courtesy of DriveSavers

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Portrait Tips from a BCC Pro!

What is the key to great Backgrounds for Portraits?

Photo Courtesy of Jeremy Lebled

What is the key to great backgrounds for portraits you ask? Honestly its pretty simple! The key is “less is more” and to “keep it simple”. With Portraits you want to have as few distractions from the background as possible. When you have distractions and a bunch of clutter behind your subject it will take away from the photo rather than adding to it. To make a strong portrait you do not want to distract the viewer and take away the focus on your subject. So try placing your subject on a simple, uncluttered background from the start. If that is not possible. I would suggest to either remove as much as you can from the background. Or if you are outside try to position yourself and angle your camera in different angles so you do not get random people walking in the background and so forth. Another thing that helps when you are shooting around other people outside is to shoot with a telephoto/prime lens that has a fast aperture. That will help compress and completely blur out anyone or anything in the background. So lets recap! The key to great backgrounds is “less is more” and “keep it simple”. This will immensely help your chances of getting “the shot”. Which we all love getting! Keep shooting and stay safe.

Till next time..

All my best,

Jeremy Lebled – Bergen County Camera Specialist

Camera Tips from a BCC Pro: Outdoor Portraits

What time is best to shoot outside Portraits?

Photo provided by Jeremy Lebled

Many Portrait photographers chose to do their shoots early in the morning or late late afternoon for a few reasons. The first reason for shooting early, the light is just perfect! Getting up early to shoot in the morning. There isn’t as harsh of a light yet in the day. Compared to shooting closer to high noon or the early afternoon. Where the sun is higher in the sky and causes harsh unwanted shadows. You can get away with shooting during the day at that time as long as you are in a area with a lot of open shade. But ideally earlier in the morning is when you will get the best beautiful golden light. Secondly, the streets are usually completely empty. So there is little distraction for your model/subjects. You have a very small window of time before the streets or parks start to fill with foot traffic or regular traffic depending on where you are shooting. So make sure you get there early to scout out your location and be prepared! Another great time to shoot is closer to sundown. The lighting will once again be beautiful and golden. But the only thing to keep in mind is there will still most likely be a lot of people and potential traffic. So you will need to work quickly! Just to recap, the best time is the morning. Second best is later in the day towards sundown. But you can also get away with shooting during the day if you have to. Just make sure you find a nice area with shade. Be sure to have your early morning coffee ready, have some fun and take some beautiful images! Till next time..

All my best,

Jeremy Lebled – Sales Specialist at Bergen County Camera

Camera Tips from a BCC Pro!

Expensive Glass… It makes a HUGE Difference!

Featured above: Nikon 24-70mm 2.8 VR Lens

So does shelling out all of that money on a really good lens you have been debating about buying make that big of a difference compared to your kit lens? Positively it does! I remember back when I bought my first so called “big boy” lens. I was shooting with a kit lens for a couple years at the time. I wanted to start taking my photography more seriously. I noticed that my photos weren’t come out as crisp as I wanted. I just felt like it was lacking that extra umph! Something just wasn’t there. So I headed over to BCC (at the time I wasn’t a employee yet!) to talk to their knowledgeable staff. I ended up being shown a beautiful 24-70mm 2.8 lens. I almost fainted once I heard the price of how much it would cost me. But as soon as I took a couple shots with it. I realized right away that I would be devoting all my time to come up with a plan to save up the money to purchase it. And I’m glad I did!

Later on I would learn some of the main reasons why more expensive glass is better. Pro lenses are made with the highest quality glass available. Some of the things this helps with are contrast, sharpness, lens flare and color fringing. So you get the highest quality photograph possible. Which are all extremely important. They are quicker and more accurate with autofocusing. So you can nail your shots the first time when you take them. And lastly, they offer the fastest maximum apertures. Which means you can use lower ISO settings or shoot in lower lit situations easier. For those of you who shoot sports, dance recitals, school plays, action and kids running around this will help immensely. Shooting at a lower F-stop also makes it easier to blow out the background and get that rich, creamy “bokeh” effect that we all love. It really helps separate your subject from the background wonderfully.

I can’t stress it enough how that one purchase of that lens impacted my photography so greatly. It was one of the best things I have ever done. Yes I understand it is expensive. But a quality lens is an investment and as long as you take good care of it, it will be something you will have for a very long time and take many wonderful photographs with it. I promise you wont regret it! If you have any questions feel free to call our store at 201-473-2050 and anyone one of us would be more than happy to help.

Till next time..

All my best,

Jeremy Lebled- Sales Specialist at Bergen County Camera.