Wildlife Photography Basics Class

Wildlife Photography Basics Class

Tuesday, May 7th from 6-8pm & Saturday, May 11th from 8-10am

Wildlife Photography Basics Class

 Wildlife Photography Basics Class – Lecture style class in-store and photo walk at Garrett mountain

Join BCC’s Matt Malwitz for a two part class on Wildlife Photography. Learn the basics in-store then join us on a photo walk at Garrett mountain to try out some new techniques!

Tickets are available now – $69.99/person – Click here to purchase your ticket

We hope you can join us! Read more to learn more about our new photo class

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Pints & Pictures: Photo Event

Pints & Pictures: Photo Event

An Evening of Live Music, Drinks, & Photography

Wednesday, June 19 2024 – 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Pints & Pictures: Photo Event

Pints & Pictures: Photo Event at Five Dimes Brewery!

Join Bergen County Camera, Fujifilm, and Sigma USA for an evening of live music and photography at Five Dimes Brewery this June!

Tickets are available now – $35/person – Click here to purchase your ticket

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Spring 2024 Customer Spotlight – Tom Jolly

Spring 2024 Customer Spotlight – Tom Jolly

Welcome to our thirty-sixth Bergen County Camera Customer Spotlight. This seasonal 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 few months you will see this customer’s images displayed on our digital signs in store, in our emails, blog posts and social media.  

Tom Jolly is our customer spotlight for the 2024 Spring season. We hope you both enjoy and are inspired by this new addition to In Focus and look forward to your comments and suggestions. Below you will find a bit about Tom, and a gallery containing some of Tom’s images.

Photography has been an important part of my life since I can remember, starting with my first camera before I was 10. Growing up in Tennessee and Pittsburgh, I photographed family, friends and sports events, and then spent hours in the darkroom, thrilling at the sight of my images emerging in the dim light. 

As time went on, though, my own photography gradually took a backseat to my career as a journalist, even as photography in the larger sense remained an important part of my job: I was Sports Editor at The New York Times and currently manage the team that designs and edits the newspaper.

But then around 2017, my daughter took up hockey. I started shooting her games and sharing the photos with the families of her teammates. They were appreciative, but I wanted to do better, so I started asking questions at Bergen County Camera, coming to the Focus Sessions on Saturday mornings, taking advantage of guest presentations there by the likes of Jean Fruth (backgrounds! shadows!) and Rick Gerrity (faces!) and learning from the many talented photographers who are regulars at BCC. 

Early on, Paul Carretta said something to me that hit home: “The best way to get better is to keep shooting pictures.”

It occurred to me that sports events represent a programmed way of doing that since they’re scheduled, they feature fast action, competitive passion and fresh storylines. It’s no surprise given my daughter’s interest that hockey has turned into one of my favorite subjects – and I always keep John Currens’s guidance in mind: “Get the puck in the picture.” 

Before long, I was getting requests to shoot all kinds of sports around the area. As those opportunities grew, I asked the former New York Times photographer Jose Lopez if he would critique my work and he has become a gracious mentor. Separately, my friend Ashok Ginde and I created a photography club that meets once a month at the Hillsdale Library. It’s a great opportunity to exchange ideas and inspire each other. (Let me know if you’re interested!)

In fact, in many ways, the community of photographers I’ve gotten to share a part in is as rewarding as the work itself. 

That makes me all the more appreciative of Bergen County Camera for featuring my work here. If you’d like to see more of it, you can find me on Instagram @tom.jolly.photography and on my website at tomjollyphotography.com

Greenbrook Sanctuary Nature Walk with Sigma

Greenbrook Sanctuary Photo Walk with Sigma

Greenbrook Sanctuary Nature Walk with Sigma – Photo Trip

Sunday April 21st 2024 – 10am – 1pm

Greenbrook Sanctuary Nature Walk with Sigma – Photo Trip

Join Bergen County Camera and Sigma USA for an exclusive photography outing at the Greenbrook Nature Sanctuary!

Tickets are available now – Click here to purchase your ticket

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Jefferson Hayman – Stillness in Focus – Photography Exhibit

Jefferson Hayman – Stillness in Focus – Photography Exhibit

Stillness in Focus – Photography Exhibit – There’s a photography exhibit opening on March 15 featuring the works of Jefferson Hayman and Stephanie Serpick. The show will be on display March 15 through April 28, 2024 at the Perry Lawson Gallery in Nyack, NY.


We hope you get a chance to visit this show and see the works in person at the Perry Lawson Gallery in Nyack, NY.

Jefferson Hayman previously exhibited at Gallery 270 at Bergen County Camera.

Winter Photo Assignment: Looking Up & Looking Down

Announcing our latest winter photo assignment, Looking Up & Looking Down! If you missed this past Saturday, check out the details below!

Watch our winter photo assignment webinar on demand.

Rules:

  • -The photo must be taken looking up or looking down, simple enough. We don’t want to see any horizon lines or full blown landscapes.
  • -Images must be taken between February 10th and March 15th of 2024.
  • -You may either submit one image looking up or looking down, OR one of each – one looking up and another looking down.
  • -Your image(s) are due Friday, March 15th by 12:00pm (noon). Please email submissions to focus@bergencountycamera.com
  • -Please have your images sized no smaller than 2000 pixel wide/tall in JPEG format

The review session will be held in-store on Saturday, March 16th at 9:30am. Doors open at 9:00 for coffee! As with all of our past Focus Session Assignments, this is a chance to get creative and try new things. We’re not grading you, so have have fun with it. We can’t wait to see what you capture!

Here are some example to get the creative juices flowing. Again, we want you to be creative, so don’t feel the need to replicate any of the following. Just use them as a guide!

Photo X3 – Photography Exhibit

Photo X3 Photography Exhibit 2024 - Show runs through February Joseph DiCara, Lorraine Nelson, John Kingston

Photo X3 – Photography Exhibit – There’s a nice photography exhibit currently showing at the Piermont Public Library. The show will be on display through the end of February.

The show features the works of three area photographers – Joseph DiCara, Lorraine Nelson and John Kingston.

We hope you get a chance to check this out. Google Directions

We’ve featured these photographer on our blog in the past if you would like to learn about these photographers. Joseph DiCara, Lorraine Nelson and John Kingston

Focus Session: Analog Photographers in a Digital World

The Who, What, Why and How of “slow” photography

A visit with Mel Evans, Jim Fitzgerald, Marty Frank, Phil Mc Auliffe and Rob Tucher of the Monalogue Collective and Tom Gramegna, Gallery 270 Director. 

Bergen County Camera’s Focus Sessions begin Saturday mornings at 9:30 AM, doors open at 9 AM. The artists will speak in greater depth about their process and motivations for choosing to work only in B+W, only using film, and don’t employ any digital process in any aspect of their process! 

Showcasing an amazing variety of vintage/traditional processes such as platinum/palladium, silver gelatin and carbon transfer prints, the artists will speak in greater depth about their process and motivations for choosing to work in “slow” photography.

The show opens tonight and the public is invited to the gala opening, we’re expecting seven of the nine artists whose work is on display in Gallery 270 to attend. It happens this Thursday 11/2/23 from 7-9PM with refreshments and snacks and the show runs through 1/31/24. 

Join us for an exciting exploration of the work of some of the photographers from the Monalog Collective, a group of like-minded stalwart artists who choose to work in “slow” processes of monochrome film photography to express their vision. We’ll discuss their one of a kind works as displayed in the 2023 -2024 iteration of the show The 21st Century Handmade Print. 

Watch Jim’s PBS interview here

November/December Customer Spotlight – Robert Helder

November/December Customer Spotlight – Robert Helder

Welcome to our thirty-fifth 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.  

Robert Helder is our customer spotlight for the months of November-December. We hope you both enjoy and are inspired by this new addition to In Focus and look forward to your comments and suggestions. Below you will find a gallery containing some of Robert’s images.

About Robert:

Robert Helder has been a friend of the Bergen County Camera team for many years, however, his passion for photography goes back much further. Robert took up photography at a very young age. He did so after seeing his father’s interest in the art form. It remained a hobby throughout his childhood, but really became a passion when he began travelling in early adulthood. Robert spent much of his early 20’s visiting Europe, using a Nikkormat camera to capture images of his travels. This remained his primary focus until, as one does in life, he started a family. Robert’s photography shifted towards capturing precious memories of his kids. His family was his focus for many years and as time went on, photography took a back seat.

It wasn’t until years later that he was introduced to the hawk watch at State Line Lookout. The hawk watch is held annually at the park, where bird watchers and photographers flock to view migrating birds of prey. From hawks and eagles to a local pair of Peregrine Falcons, there was always something to see. A few trips to the lookout and Robert’s passion for photography was rekindled. Since then, he has broadened his horizons, choosing to photograph most of nature has to offer. Whether it be plant or animal, Robert is captivated by it all.

Robert continues to grow as a photographer and continues to visit Bergen County Camera for all his photographic needs. He consistently shoots local parks and nature centers where he finds elusive and hard to find species.

Check out just some of his gallery below to see some of the incredible images he’s captured!

The Art & Craft of Photography: An Online Conference

The Art & Craft of Photography: An Online Conference

The Art & Craft of Photography an online conference

Discover the art and craft of photography in Rocky Nook’s 2-day online conference featuring 10 of the worlds most inspiring photographers and educators.

Sign up before September 15th for only $199, and also receive a $50 Rocky Nook gift card!

Click here to register