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  • Essex in Bloom: Photographing the Cherry Blossoms

    Class Code: UUU304

    Instructor: 
    Rick Gerrity
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Celebrate the arrival of spring by honing your photography skills in the fresh air at Branch Brook Park with Rick Gerrity!  There will be a brief seminar on nature and location photography, as well as tips on how to best capture the blossoms.  Afterwards, our instructor will be there to guide students while they shoot.

    Transportation to Branch Brook Park is not included.  Please meet at the Welcome Center.

    Please note that the workshop date is now Thursday, April 17th!

    Our Price: $20.00
  • Understanding Your Digital SLR III: Composition

    Class Code: UUU201

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    Knowing all the science and mathematics behind photography can only take you so far. The art of photography is 90 percent seeing and 10 percent photographing. Students will learn the vital aspects and rules of image composition and graphic design as they apply to taking photographs.

    Go over composition basics, such as the rule of thirds, perspective, horizontal vs. vertical orientation, and designing a photograph, to assist you in developing your own personal style and vision.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Intro to Photo Editing with David H. Wells

    Class Code: UUU465

    Instructor: 
    David Wells
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Master photographer and teacher, David H. Wells will show you how to edit images with a clear vision. This Friday night seminar, David will walk you through his career path, show examples of best edits of his work and teach you the basics of selecting the best few images from a large set of work. 

    This seminar opens the door for Saturday's hands-on learning experience with David Wells (Saturday April 18th 11:30am-2:30pm). If you are interested in attending the workshop and receiving the seminar for free, please click here for more information or to sign up.

    Our Price: $14.99
  • Macro Photography with Brett Wells and SIGMA

    Class Code: UUU310

    Instructor: 
    Brett Wells
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    If you like to shoot small or want to learn how, join us for this informative program conducted by Brett Wells, a Sigma Technical Representative.  Brett will walk you through the basics of how to choose a macro lens, the proper accessories, and the right environment for macro photography.  Tips and techniques for great macro images will also be covered.

    After the seminar, students will practice in-studio.  A variety of macro stations, featuring flowers and objects, will be set up for the shoot.

    In addition to Brett's guidance, SIGMA lenses and flashes will be available for students to use during the workshop!


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    Our Price: $40.00
  • The key to growth as a photographer? Prints on the table! with David Wells

    Class Code: UUU468

    Instructor: 
    David Wells
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    On Saturday, each student should bring a stack of photos (4x6 to 8x10 inch prints only; no digital files) for selection/editing. Ideally, the set will be approximately 100 images on one, two, or maybe three different subjects/themes, which will be edited down to a top twenty during the class. Students leave the class with an education in photo editing AND a professionally executed edit that will cut their large set of images down to a final, tightly edited and clearly defined top twenty.

    Saturday's Class is limited to 10 students. PURCHASE THIS WORKSHOP AND RECEIVE THE SEMINAR FOR FREE (Friday, April 18, 2014 - 6:00pm-8:00pm)! You will walk away with a better sense of which images to choose and display in your ever-growing portfolio. Learning to pick out your best work, or changing the necessary elements in your previous work, is key to developing as a successful photographer.

    Our Price: $125.00
  • Intro to Flash Photography

    Class Code: UUU207

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    In this class, Michael Downey will teach students how to manage additional lighting. The class will cover the pop-up flash built into DSLRs, as well as speedlites that go into the hot shoe.  You'll also learn how to use flash as the main, key, and fill light.  Flash compensation will also be discussed.

    Demonstrations include bouncing/reflecting flash, diffusing the light, and using flash for subject separation.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Intro to Macro Photography

    Class Code: UUU208

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey as he discusses the distinction for close-up, macro, and micro photography.

    First, the necessary tools and accessories will be reviewed.  Next, camera settings and lens settings will be covered in great detail.  The proper technique for macro photography will be demonstrated and finally, potential subject matter is discussed.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • The Art of Seeing: Improving Your Artistic Eye

    Class Code: UUU202

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    When you look at an image you see the finished product, not what the photographer saw to make that image. And it's in this prior knowledge the photographer can take a snap shot and make a true photograph. Developing this type of vision takes both practice and patience.

    This latest class in the DSLR series will take you through a series of exercises which will help you maximize your natural artistic eye and increase the overall quality of your photographs. You will learn how to visually identify the balance of your photograph using traditional techniques, such as the rule of thirds.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Photo Class and Stroll Through Grounds For Sculpture with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU411

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Whimsical.  Playful.  Contemplative. And over 250 sculptures!  That's how the Grounds For Sculpture describes itself, and it certainly does live up to its claim.  Join Michael Downey for a photo excursion that's sure to inspire.

    There will also be a drawing for two $25 Unique Photo Gift Cards!

    This workshop is for novice and intermediate photographers.  Registration includes entrance into the park.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Creating Your Signature Look Using DxO Software with Hector Martinez

    Class Code: UUU464

    Instructor: 
    Hector Martinez
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join DxO Tech Rep Hector Martinez in this hands-on workshop and learn how to create your signature style using DxO's Optics Pro and FilmPack software!  Hector will take you step-by-step from capture to processing the final image in-class. There will be a live model and demo before attendees take a quick turn.

    Attendees are encouraged to bring some images on a flash drive. If you have a laptop (with or without DxO already installed), please bring it as well.


     
    Our Price: $40.00
  • Shifting Perspective Using DxO ViewPoint with Hector Martinez

    Class Code: UUU463

    Instructor: 
    Hector Martinez
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join DxO Tech Rep Hector Martinez and learn how you can use DxO ViewPoint to correct perspective and distortion. Save valuable time with ViewPoint and see how easy it is compared to Photoshop!

    This class is perfect for architecture, interiors, and real estate photography. Attendees are encouraged to bring some images on a flash drive. If you have a laptop (with or without DxO already installed), please bring it as well.

    Our Price: $10.00
  • Nature Photography: Composure and Exposure with David Blinder

    Class Code: UUU188

    Instructor: 
    David Blinder
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join experienced and published New Jersey photographer Dave Blinder for an in-depth seminar on Nature Photography: Composure & Exposure!  Learn how you can take your appreciation for the outdoors and progress from snapshots to fine art.

    All attendees will also be automatically entered into a raffle for a Domke Camera Bag!

    This course is best suited for intermediate level shooters already familiar with basic DSLR controls.  Q&A is strongly encouraged.


    Sponsored by

    Our Price: $10.00
  • Photograph Through Storm King Art Center with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU417

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey as he photographs art outdoors with the beautiful foliage as the backdrop!  This excursion is great for learning art and/or landscape photography.

    Registration includes instruction and support until 2:00pm, as well as admission into the grounds.  Michael will be at the main entrance parking lot.

    This is also open for the entire family!  If you'd like to bring your children along, it is an additional $8 per child.  Please call us at 973-377-6454 if you'd like to register your child(ren)!

    Our Price: $35.00
  • Photoshop for Photographers with Adobe Certified Instructor Blake Taylor

    Class Code: UUU331

    Instructor: 
    Blake Taylor
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Photoshop for Photographers is just that; a class that covers the most used tools and layer techniques that photographers use the most to make their photos look their best!

    The class first covers Camera Raw and its most used tools and modules; from basic exposure settings to proper white balance settings. From there, you’ll dive into more of the intermediate and advanced settings and tools of Photoshop; from understanding the selections tools, masks, and blending modes, and compositing HDR images.  It’s a class that is a mix between theory (understanding why certain Photoshop tools and layers behave the way they do) along with applying that theory to hands-on exercises.

    You’ll leave not only understanding how Photoshop ‘thinks’ but also with the skills to make your own photos look their best.

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Boudoir Photography with Jennifer Rozenbaum, Lingerie Models and Westcott

    Class Code: UUU285

    Instructor: 
    Jennifer Rozenbaum
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    In this boudoir class, Jennifer will go over the 8 points of posing a woman's body and how they are used to make any woman look even better than she does in person.

    This workshop is sponsored by

    Our Price: $249.00
  • Brooklyn Botanic Garden with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU407

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey for a photographic visit to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden!  Michael will teach a brief class on close-up and macro photography before the group scatters throughout the garden to photograph the miracle and beauty that is floral.

    Please meet Michael at the Visitor's Center.

    Registration includes admission into the garden.  Register early as this class is limited!

    Our Price: $65.00
  • Beauty and Portraiture: A Location Lighting Workshop with David Guy Maynard

    Class Code: UUU131

    Instructor: 
    David Guy Maynard
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    In this hands-on location lighting workshop, you are going to learn how to pose, light and shoot your subject to create beautiful portraits. David Guy Maynard is an internationally published photographer and his workshops are an absolute blast as well as informative!

    Please bring your camera and flash!


    Sponsored by:





    Our Price: $100.00
  • Intro to Photoshop Elements with Don Polzo (8 Sessions)

    Class Code: UUU231

    Instructor: 
    Don Polzo
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Adobe Certified Instructor Don Polzo will go over most Tools, Menu Options, Adjustment Panels, Layers & Masks, and how to organize files in Photohop Elements 11.  At the completion of this course, students will have a solid, working understanding of the program.

    Please note that there is no class on Memorial Day (Monday, May 26th).

    Our Price: $400.00
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  • Intro to Photoshop with Don Polzo (8 Sessions)

    Class Code: UUU232

    Instructor: 
    Don Polzo
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    Through 8 sessions of hands-on computer use, demonstration, and practice, students will learn the fundamentals of photoshop from Don Polzo, an Adobe Certified instructor.

    Our Price: $400.00
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  • Understanding Your Digital SLR Camera I: Basics

    Class Code: UUU103

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    You have a digital SLR, you know that the images are going to be far superior to the ones captured by your point-and-shoot camera, but not sure how that happens.  This class is for beginners to amateur photographers looking to gain a better understanding of the automated modes and features, as well as the manual control and capabilities of your digital SLR. 

    Get instruction on the importance of understanding the fundamentals (such as depth of field, ISO, aperture, shutter speed, exposure compensation, metering, white balance, reading histograms, on camera flashes, lenses) and how they will affect your photos!

    In the second half of the class, the students will work with their cameras and apply what they have learned.  The buttons and settings will be much easier to manipulate and each student will have develop the ability to capture the images closer to their vision.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Understanding Lightroom with Don Polzo (8 Sessions)

    Class Code: UUU220

    Instructor: 
    Don Polzo
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    Through 8 sessions of hands-on computer use, demonstration, and practice, students will get a hands-on review of Adobe Lightroom while following a typical photographic workflow from Don Polzo, an Adobe Certified instructor.

    Our Price: $400.00
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  • Bushkill Falls Photo Excursion with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU410

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Take a trip to Bushkill Falls with Unique University Head Instructor Michael Downey!  Bushkill Falls provides an excellent opportunity to experience the splendor and beauty of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains.  It is also a great opportunity to learn the effects of shutter speed, bracketing, and HDR photography.

    Registration includes a brief class and access to the park.  Michael will be on hand, walking the trails and providing assistance.

    Our Price: $59.00
  • Posing and Lighting with Portrait Photography Master Hanson Fong

    Class Code: UUU309

    Instructor: 
    Hanson Fong
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    The key element to being a successful photographer is to make people look great!

    Known for his animated teaching skills as well as his photographic prowess, Hanson Fong will teach you how to create perfect photographic harmony by demonstrating how to handle any subject's body size and type while controlling the light.

    BONUS: As a gift, Hanson will be doing a head shot of each registered student!  Please dress appropriately.

    Our Price: $200.00
  • Understanding Your Digital SLR II: Exposure and Metering

    Class Code: UUU200

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    Understanding the basics of exposure and metering are the building blocks to becoming a good photographer. This course will teach you these fundamental basics of photography such as the relationship between f-stops and shutter speeds, as well as understanding the positives and negatives of ISO/ASA sensitivity with your image sensor.

    How your DSLR cameras metering system works, metering modes, scene modes, advantages of RAW versus JPEG image files, interpreting the histogram, exposure compensation, manual controls and much more will all be discussed!

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Capture Great Pet Photography with Andrew Darlow and Live Animals

    Class Code: UUU364

    Instructor: 
    Andrew Darlow
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    Join us for this special hands-on studio pet photography workshop with award-winning author and photographer Andrew Darlow. Capture an assortment of LIVE ADORABLE PET IMAGES that you can learn to produce in your own home! 

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Photowalk at the Bronx Zoo with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU414

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    We will be doing a photowalk through the zoo photographing animals as they exist in a simulated natural environment. Michael will show you techniques for making your image look as if the animals are in the wild.

    Our Price: $59.00
  • Photoshop VS Lightroom with Adobe Certified Instructor Blake Taylor

    Class Code: UUU471

    Instructor: 
    Blake Taylor
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Photoshop vs. Lightroom: What's the difference and which one (or both) should I use?

    If you've ever wondered what's the difference between Photoshop and Lightroom - and which software is best for you - this class is for you.  This lecture will be instructed by Adobe Certified Instructor Blake Taylor.

    Our Price: $20.00
  • NYC Grand Central Terminal HDR Photowalk with Alan Kesselhaut

    Class Code: UUU421

    Instructor: 
    Alan Kesselhaut
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    For this 3 hour excursion in and around Grand Central Terminal, we have obtained special permits to photograph the interior of the terminal using tripods. This photowalk is an opportunity to apply the lessons from our "Introduction to HDR Photography" class in a real-life setting and offers an exciting environment for photographers of all skill levels.

    This photowalk is strictly limited to 10 people.  Sign up to reserve your spot!

    *Travel is not included.

    Our Price: $125.00
  • Longwood Gardens Macro and Fireworks Photography with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU424

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Take a trip to Longwood Gardens with Unique University Head Instructor Michael Downey!  Practice your macro photography on waterlilies, roses, and more during the day, and then capture the fireworks in the sky at night.

    Our Price: $69.00
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