The Best Places For Sunrise & Sunset Photos in New Jersey

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Chasing the golden hour in New Jersey? Prepare to be captivated by the state’s breathtaking sunrises and sunsets!  There’s an abundance of places in New Jersey that you can go to and set up your camera for incredible sunrise and sunset shots. We highlight them all in this guide, so stick around.  Quick Note: Over […]

4 Apps for Predicting Sunsets & Sunrises

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There’s an enigmatic feeling that comes with watching a sunset or a sunrise. Maybe it’s how breathtaking the colors that paint the sky are or perhaps how still the world becomes for a moment – either way, it’s a sentiment you’d want to capture through your lens. In this post, we’re going to share 4 […]

Best Dates & Times for Milky Way Photography in New Jersey in 2023

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Download The 2023 Milky Way Calendar Fill out the form below to get access. Calendar Credit to Capture the Atlas Photo Credit: JT Shimer FOLLOW ON INSTAGRAM Peak Milky Way season is almost upon us here in the Garden State! Here are the best dates and times when the Milky Way and the galactic center […]

Photo Guide: The Best Spots At The Delaware Water Gap

For those of you who call New Jersey home, this guide to the Delaware Water Gap will give you the tools necessary to practice your craft and get great portfolio-level shots in the Delaware Water Gap and surrounding areas. Photography in the Delaware Water Gap differs from photographing the huge touristy spots out West like […]

The Best Spots for Frozen Photos in New Jersey

Sometimes, the coldest days in New Jersey are the best days to take photos! So grab your camera and head out to these frozen places (and set up these frozen scenes!) to get the best reflections, snowy scenes, and more across the Garden State. Before you go out, learn to prevent cold weather damage with […]

How To Stack Photos To Capture the Perfect Moon Shot

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You may have heard photographers or seen photos, which have been “stacked” and wondered what it meant, why it’s done, or how it’s done. Well, today you’ll find out the answers to all three of those. Stacking is more commonly called “focus stacking” and it is done to give a photo a greater depth of […]

Local Photographer Catches Early Milky Way Rising

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On January 29, 2023, Local New Jersey Photographer Steven Sitarik captured the Milky Way Rising over the horizon at the Jersey Shore in Long Beach Island. Despite the weather forecast initially not being in his favor, he used his instincts to set up his camera and capture the galaxy in the night sky. You see […]

How to Take Your Own Newborn Photos

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A few of my friends are pregnant and due with babies soon, and it’s heartbreaking to think that not only might their families not be able to visit, but they probably won’t have a photographer there to capture those first special moments.

9 Best Photos of Lighthouses in New Jersey

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One thing that the Garden State is popular for is the coastline and the beaches that gather hundreds of thousands of beach-goers every summer. But while some may be trying to win prizes at the boardwalk or jump on an exciting ride, there are others that continue to explore New Jersey shore and the lighthouses that are streamed along the coast.

Photo Guide: Astrophotography Part 1

NJspots is a community based around lovers of sunrises, sunsets, blue hours, and the night. So, we’re going to teach you a thing or two you might not have known about New Jersey’s night sky.

Weehawken Meetup Wrap Up

On Saturday, January 20th around 6am around 30 passionate and determined photographers huddle together on a sidewalk overlooking the New York City skyline from the heights of Weehawken, New Jersey. With the sun about to come up in an hour, the tripods lined the fences and cameras were getting set for the BIG event. The […]

Photo Guide: Astro Photography Part 2

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A while back, we created a post describing where to get SWEET Milky Way shots in New Jersey. (Check it out here!) Part 2 of the guide will teach you exactly what settings and gear you may want to try when it comes to shooting The Galaxy. Let’s Recap: What you should be looking for before […]

Best Photo Spots for Wildlife in New Jersey

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New Jersey is home to a wide variety of “critters”, some are cute & cuddly while others are quite dangerous. If you walk along any trail or sit in a park you will certainly find squirrels and chipmunks running around as if they are late for their train. If you are quiet and look hard […]

Photo Guide: Street Photography

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What Is Street Photography? There is no defining street photography, through the years it has changed drastically, but one constant is that it is candid. For the longest time street photography has been preferred to be done with a 35mm or a 50mm lens. Capturing the world around you, and the unique individuals who inhabit […]

What is ISO & How Does It Work?

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Whether photography is a passionate hobby or a professional job, when we all start out with our first cameras we are all a bit clueless. Generally, we start in “auto” mode and just start snapping. Eventually, with time and experimentation, we graduate to using manual modes to help capture the scenes as we see them […]

Photo Guide: How To Organize & Plan Your Photo Spots

Finding new photo spots for your next journey might be a hard time. I’m using Instagram, 500px, Flickr, and Google to get new ideas and inspirations. How I Organize My Photo-Spots… To organize my photo-spot database I use Google Maps(a Google account is necessary). In Google Maps you can mark every spot on the map and save them […]

Photo Guide: Taking Long Exposure Photos

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One of the fun things to do with landscape photography is take long exposures. There’s something about the smooth texture that long exposure creates in the water and sky that’s instantly satisfying. Here’s how it’s done. If you want to make the water look like glass and watch colors and clouds melt in the sky […]

Best Photography Spots Around Philadelphia – Complete Guide

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Ah, the city of Brotherly Love. While some snowballs thrown at Santa may have negatively stereotyped the city to some, I am here to tell you Philadelphia is an amazingly beautiful place! Philadelphia is one of the oldest cities in the country with centuries of history. Some even call her Philadelphia First because of how […]

Photo Guide: Knowing The Drone Photography Laws

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Drone Maps Drone Flying Map Brought To You By: Tips on Finding Places to Fly in NJ (& Any Other Place You Travel To) Living in NJ for a majority of my life and growing up doing photography here, you’d think I would run out of places to shoot. I have to be honest, I […]

Local Photographer Captures Rocket Launch Over New Jersey

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On Tuesday, January 24, 2023, New Jersey Photographer Matt Baron planned and timed his photo of the Rocket Lab launch of the Electron Rocket, nicknamed “Virginia is for Lovers,” as seen from the Judge’s Shack on Island Beach State Park. This launch was the first one from the US for the company. A New Zealand-based […]

Ultimate Guide for Night Photography in New Jersey

Where are the best dark areas in New Jersey for photos? New Jersey is an excellent place for photographers looking to capture stunning photos in dark areas. High Point State Park One of the best locations for dark area photography is High Point State Park, located on New Jersey and Pennsylvania borders. This park offers […]

Guide on Choosing the Best Camera Lens for Hiking

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Ready to level up your hiking photography? Maybe you read out guide for the best camera for hiking and are ready to find the best lens for an interchangeable camera. You can choose the right focal length and photography style on your hikes when you have various lens options. We will choose our lens similar […]