The Best Places For Sunrise & Sunset Photos in New Jersey

NY skyline at dusk

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 […]

Photo Guide: Ideas For Shooting Photos In The Snow

Street with snow covered trees on both sides

With snow being a frequent visitor in New Jersey, we figured it would be fun to put together some tips on how to shoot in the snow safely. We also have some creative ideas for shooting photos in the snow. So kick off that blanket, jump off your couch, layer up, and head into the […]

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

Starry night Milky Way Timelapse highway and mountain scene

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 […]

5 Best Waterfall Hikes in New Jersey – Discover Local Waterfalls

Small waterfall with fallen tree in summer forrest

The weather is getting warmer, the sun is staying out longer, and the days are getting more adventurous for those looking to explore New Jersey in the spring and summer. We are always looking for new places to adventure in the Garden State, so we have put together a guide for the best waterfall hikes in New Jersey. Get your car gassed up and get ready to explore!

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 […]

6 Perfect State Parks for Hiking in New Jersey: A Nature Lover’s Guide

Looking to escape the concrete jungle of the urban areas in New Jersey or even New York City? We have some of our favorite State Parks to visit in the State of New Jersey that is perfect for hiking. We have included some of the recent photos that our community has shared with us at […]

Best New Jersey Birding Spots – Perfect for Photography

Heron in plants with reeds

Contrary to popular belief, New Jersey offers fantastic opportunities to see and (ethically) photograph some of North America’s most beautiful bird species, from up north in the Meadowlands to down south in Cape May. The rare bird alerts, eBird database, social media groups, and countless bird clubs serve as resources to help get beginning birders […]

Get Lost At Grounds For Sculpture with Over 250 Sculptures

Sculpture of Women and children playing through for Cynthia bush

Among New Jersey’s many gems is Grounds For Sculpture, a botanical garden and art exhibit in one. Located on the former NJ State Fairgrounds, it features larger-than-life pieces of art that will make you feel tiny in comparison. With 42 landscaped acres and over 270 sculptures to explore, it’s easy to get lost, but that’s […]

How To Stack Photos To Capture the Perfect Moon Shot

Mostly full moon black sky

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

Starry sky, with man holding lantern on boardwalk

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 […]

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.

2 Favorite Spots For A New Jersey Photographer

Recently we connected with Melchi Dompreh (@melchisan), a freelance photographer from Edison. He wanted to share some of his favorite places in New Jersey to visit around the state and capture some photos. Above are some of his favorite photos from his 2 favorite #NJspots.

Hiking The Stairway To Heaven Trail in Vernon, New Jersey

The overall length of the trail is about 4 miles out and back. The gain of elevation is around 1000 feet, so you’re gaining a lot of elevation in a short period of time. This hike is great for beginners in the New Jersey area and also good for families and/or pets.

Instameet New Jersey – June 3, 2017

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Looking to escape the concrete jungle of New Jersey and enter a forest of bamboo or pine trees in your back yard? Join the #NJspots Team on June 3rd for our Instameet at Rutgers Garden in New Brunswick. See details below and RSVP on Facebook.

Rutgers Gardens Instameet Wrap Up

Virginia and friend in Forrest pointing over pond

The highlight of Rutgers Gardens is the Bamboo Forest (yes, they have a bamboo forest). We were immersed by giant sticks of bamboo coming from all directions. It’s pretty easy to get lost and forget that you’re in New Jersey and not the Himalayas.

5 Must-See Places To Visit In New Jersey

Woman holding phone taking picture of valley, river in distance. Some clouds, blue sky

Looking for multiple places to explore in New Jersey? We have some you can check out. These locations are great for day trips and exploring all the different areas and landscapes that New Jersey has to offer. Mt. Tammany – Delaware Water Gap One of the more popular hikes in New Jersey, Mt. Tammany is located […]

5 Travel Essentials I Bring On Every Trip

It’s easy to get carried away with all the gadgets and accessories that are readily available in today’s travel inspired world, but these are some of my favorites that I never leave home without. Some of them you probably have, but it’s a matter of remembering them for your next trip.

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.

8 Tips from NASA To Photograph A Solar Eclipse

When taking photographs of a solar eclipse, it is important to prioritize safety by never looking directly at the sun without proper eye protection and using a tripod for stability. Experimentation is key, try different lens options and shoot in RAW format for post-processing flexibility. Plan your shots by familiarizing yourself with the path of […]

Brooksbrae – Graffiti Covered Brick Factory

Graffiti on structure in forest

Nestled deep in the Pine Barrens, lay the small town of Pasadena, New Jersey. To the naked eye of a weary traveler, the town seems almost vacant, but surprisingly, there is history all around you.

Black River Rock Trail & Waterfall with Kay’s Cottage Ruins

Broken down light brick building in Forrest with waterfall

One of the favorite spots of our founder Virginia (@buewho), is this unique trial loop which is definitely one to check out! Nestled in the back of the woods along a peaceful river you will come across a unique spot of what was once a mill along the Black River in Chester, New Jersey. This […]

My First Visit to Duke Farms

Person holding IPhone in greenhouse

It was a gorgeous, chilly Fall day after Thanksgiving, and I was in the mood for a spontaneous adventure somewhere. I was thinking of going to NYC or Philly but thought otherwise with the holiday rush. Then I remembered that Duke Farms was only about 20 minutes away, and judging by the dozens of excellent […]

Photo Guide: iPhone Editing Apps I’ve Used

Instagram. The place where people share their visual life and inspire. This app has started a revolution of content creation and consumption all on a screen only a few inches big. With the rebirth of photography and sharing your scenes, I have become more mobile with both my photography and editing of photos. Like most […]

Top 9 NJspots Photos in New Jersey in 2017

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Happy New Year! It’s time to celebrate the some of the best shots that you all shared with us in 2017! Below we have a collection of the best spots people shared with us in 2017 using the tag #NJspots on Instagram. As always, we LOVED all of the great photos the community took throughout […]

Sunrise Meetup – Jersey City & NYC Skyline

Sunrise in park NY skyline in background

We are excited to bring the first Meetup of 2018! Along with our Team Member Marlon, we are going to be meeting in the early morning hours in Jersey City for a sunrise shoot over the NYC skyline. There are a few spots that Marlon is going to be sharing with us to see that are […]

Photo Guide: Astro Photography Part 2

Milky Way and clouds with two people with bicycles

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 […]