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  • Understanding Your Camera III: White Balance (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH105

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    This class takes place at our HOBOKEN location. If you want to register for the class at Fairfield, click here.

    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.

    This class will go over the essentials of white-balance and composition. Learn how to analyze the color temperature of light and how it affects your photographs. Your DSLR camera won't always be able to accurately reproduce colors which is where proper white-balancing comes into play. While there might be preset white-balance options in your camera, you will learn how to set up a custom white-balance enabling you to get the proper color in any lighting situation.

    *Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Understanding Your Camera III: White Balance and Composition

    Class Code: UUU201

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    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.

    This class will go over the essentials of white-balance and composition. Learn how to analyze the color temperature of light and how it affects your photographs. Your DSLR camera won't always be able to accurately reproduce colors which is where proper white-balancing comes into play. While there might be preset white-balance options in your camera, you will learn how to set up a custom white-balance enabling you to get the proper color in any lighting situation.

    *Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Festival of Ballooning: General Registration with Behind the Scenes Pass

    Class Code: UUU347

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey for a photo workshop at the annual QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning, the most photographed event on the East Coast!  Don't miss out on capturing the breathtaking visuals of hot air balloons from around the world!

    General Registration Includes:
    • Instructional seminar on Wednesday, July 25th (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
    • (1) Balloon Festival admission ticket for Friday (6:30pm Launch), Saturday (6:30am Launch), or Sunday (6:30am Launch)
    • (1) "Behind the Scenes" field access pass for the selected day's launch

    For 6:30am launches, please arrive at the Balloon Festival by 5:45am.
    You may leave the Balloon Festival at any time on the day that you choose.

    *There are only 20 spots per day/launch, so please choose carefully. Once it gets closer to the festival, we will NOT be able to make any changes.
    *Tickets and passes will be handed out at the seminar. If you cannot attend, please email university@uniquephoto.com to arrange another pick-up time.

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    Click here for directions to the festival.
    *Parking is NOT included and will cost $10 per vehicle at the festival.
    *Michael Downey will be around the launch area during each launch time if you'd like to meet up with him and other registrants.

    Our Price: $99.00
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  • Moon Photography Shoot with Jennifer Khordi

    Class Code: UUU378

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Jennifer Khordi for a moon photography shoot at Eagle Rock Reservation (Prospect Avenue and Eagle Rock Avenue West Orange, NJ 07052)!

    After some instruction on shooting techniques and camera settings, attendees will photograph the moon as it lines up perfectly with the World Trade Center!

    Please bring the following gear for the shoot:
    • Zoom lens of at least 300mm (or teleconverter equivalent)
    • Remote trigger
    • Steady tripod (no travel tripods)

    *Limited to 7 registrants per session.
    *Please meet Jennifer in the parking lot.

    Our Price: $125.00
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  • Festival of Ballooning: VIP Registration with Balloon Ride

    Class Code: UUU348

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey for a photo workshop featuring the annual QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning, the most photographed event on the East Coast! Don't miss out on capturing the breathtaking visuals of hot air balloons from around the world!

    VIP Registration includes:
    • Instructional seminar on Tuesday, July 24th (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
    • (1) Festival of Ballooning admission ticket
    • (1) Special "Behind the Scenes" field access pass
    • (1) VIP Parking Pass
    • (1) Balloon Ride on Saturday (6:30am Launch) or Sunday (6:30am Launch)

    Please plan to arrive at the festival by 5:15am. You may leave the Balloon Festival at any time after the balloon ride.

    *There are only 20 spots per day/launch, so please choose carefully. Once it gets closer to the festival, we will NOT be able to make any changes.
    *Tickets and passes will be handed out at the seminar. If you cannot attend, please email university@uniquephoto.com to arrange another pick-up time.

    *
    Click here for directions to the festival.
    * Michael Downey will be around the launch area during each launch time if you'd like to meet up with him and other registrants.

    Our Price: $299.00
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  • Ultimate Understanding Your Camera Full Day Workshop with Rick Gerrity

    Class Code: UUU120

    Instructor: 
    Rick Gerrity
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    If you are interested in photography but don’t have a lot of time to spend in the classroom, we understand -- life gets in the way of your free time! Why not learn all you need to know about your DSLR or mirrorless camera in one Sunday? In this intensive full-day class, master all of the tips, tricks, and techniques in our most popular trio of classes: Understanding Your Camera.

    *Lunch will be included.
    *Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.
    *Due to the structure of this class, vouchers cannot be used.

    Our Price: $99.00
  • 2 Rivers, 5 Bridges, and Lighthouses Photography Cruise

    Class Code: UUU104

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Our Photography Cruise is back again, now with the addition of lighthouses! Don't miss out on this exciting photography experience with Michael Downey.

    SEMINAR: Wednesday, July 18th (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
    Michael will explain how to capture mesmerizing scenery and you'll be able to put these skills to use the next evening, capturing our area's most stunning bridges and historical landmarks.

    *If you miss the seminar, no worries -- you can still attend the cruise and capture great images with Michael's help!

    CRUISE: Saturday, August 4th (3:30pm - 9:00pm)
    Everyone will meet up at Port Imperial (4800 Ave at Port Imperial, Weehawken, NJ 07086) promptly at 3:30pm. Once aboard, you'll enjoy drinks and sandwiches while sailing through the Hudson and East rivers, stopping at various locations where you can capture amazing photographs of the the G.W. Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Verrazano Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, the USS Intrepid, and several nearby lighthouses while circling around all of Manhattan. Models will also be on-board to offer additional photo opportunities!
    *We apologize for any inconvenience, but this cruise was moved from 7/21 to 8/4 due to the weather forecast. Please check your email if you're currently registered.


     

    Each registrant will receive a $25 Unique Gift Card!

    2+ for $174.50 1 for $199.00
  • Underwater Model Shoot with Ben Lowy (Sony)

    Class Code: UUU391

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Sony Artisan Ben Lowy for an on-location, hands-on underwater shoot with models! Learn about the gear you'll need to protect your camera underwater, how to light for environmental portraits, and how Ben got the shots featured on this listing. Attendees will then be split into smaller groups, taking turns shooting underwater with Ben's assistance.

    *Limited to 10 registrants!
    *We will provide some Sony cameras and underwater housing units.
    *We will have some masks/snorkels and weight belts to share, but please feel free to bring your own.
    *This will take place at a private, residential pool near Fairfield, and its location will be sent out via email the week of the shoot. Keep an eye on your email!
    *Please be prepared and aware that shooting underwater may be physically exhausting.
    *There will be a trained lifeguard present for everyone's safety.


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    Our Price: $199.00
  • Understanding Your Camera I: The Basics (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH103

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    This class takes place at our HOBOKEN location. If you want to register for the class at Fairfield, click here.

    You have a digital camera and you know that the images are going to be far superior to the ones captured by your point-and-shoot camera, but maybe you're 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 or mirrorless camera.

    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.

    *Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Understanding Your Camera I: The Basics

    Class Code: UUU103

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    You have a digital camera and you know that the images are going to be far superior to the ones captured by your point-and-shoot camera, but maybe you're 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 or mirrorless camera.

    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.

    *Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Star Trails and Milky Way Seminar with Jennifer Khordi

    Class Code: UUU379

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Jennifer Khordi for a seminar on how you can shoot images of star trails and the Milky Way! There will be a live demonstration of how she processes such images, as well as a detailed discussion on StarStax and how to stack for noise-free Milky Way images. Don't miss it!

    *If you'd like to join Jennifer and a small group for an on-location shoot at Barnegat Lighthouse on a following date, click here to register for the full workshop instead. It includes both this seminar and the shoot, and is limited to 10 registrants per shoot. Register for it early if you'd like to participate!

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Introduction to Photoshop with Adobe Certified Instructor Blake Taylor

    Class Code: UUU329

    Instructor: 
    Blake Taylor
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    If you are crunched for time and want to learn as much as you can about Photoshop as fast as you can, then this is the course for you! Learn the Basics of Photoshop with Certified Adobe Instructor Blake Taylor! Blake will review the essential tools to enhance your photographs.

    NOTE: Practice images will be provided. You will receive a take home booklet to reference when needed.

    WHAT TO BRING: Please bring 1-2 images you would like to work on. Each student will need a notebook (paper) and some type of storage and transfer media for image files to bring to and from class. Thumb drives or external pocket hard drives are all suitable. I would suggest nothing less than 4 gigabyte thumbdrive storage capacity with USB or Firewire connectivity. CD’s and DVD’s are not recommended for transferring digital media to and from class. The fastest storage media is either a thumb drive or pocket hard drive.

    *Seating is limited to 13 students.
    *Our digital lab has MAC desktops. If you'd prefer to bring your own laptop, please let us know ahead of time by emailing university@uniquephoto.com.

    Please note that the June 23rd class has been postponed to Saturday, August 11th.

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Star Trails and Milky Way Shoot with Jennifer Khordi

    Class Code: UUU381

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Jennifer Khordi for a seminar and on-location overnight shoot on how you can shoot images of star trails and the Milky Way!

    Seminar: Thursday, Aug 9th (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
    Jennifer will provide a live demonstration on how she processes her images. She will also discuss in detail how to use StarStax and how to stack for noise-free Milky Way images.

    Shoot #1: Sat, Aug 11th (9pm) - Sun, Aug 12th (2am)
    Shoot #2: Fri, Aug 17th (10pm) - Sat, Aug 18th (3am)
    Meet up at Barnegat Lighthouse (208 Broadway, Barnegat Light, NJ 08006) on your selected date and get ready for a night shoot to capture star trails and Milky Way! Jennifer will go over camera settings and help with setup. Attendees need to bring a fast wide angle lens, sturdy tripod (no travel ones), a corded remote that simply locks, DSLR camera, head lamp, warm clothes, and hiking boots.

    *Limited to 10 registrants per shoot date.
    *Please dress warm and note that there will be some hiking involved.
    *If you're unable to make the shoot and would just like to attend the seminar, click here.

    Our Price: $126.00
  • Understanding Your Camera II: Exposure and Metering (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH104

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    This class takes place at our HOBOKEN location. If you want to register for the class at Fairfield, click here.

    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 camera's 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!

    *Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Understanding Your Camera II: Exposure and Metering

    Class Code: UUU200

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    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 camera's 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!

    *Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Intro to Flash Photography (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH207

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    This class takes place at our HOBOKEN location. If you want to register for the class at Fairfield, click here.

    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 Flash Photography

    Class Code: UUU207

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    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.

    If you want to register for this class at Hoboken, click here.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Film Photography with Martin Bluhm

    Class Code: UUU284

    Instructor: 
    Martin Bluhm
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Analog photography currently experiences a comeback since film is a different medium than digital and leads to different effects not easily reproducible in digital. This class with Martin Bluhm covers small, medium, and large format film photography and provide an overview about commercially available films and benefits of each film format with pros and cons compared to digital photography.

    You will learn methods to develop B&W, color, and slide film cost-effective at home, and digitizing negatives and positives for quickly sharing the achieved results. We will also cover enlarger-based printing of negatives in each size format.

    *Please note that this is strictly a lecture.

    Our Price: $30.00
  • Photographing Birds at The Raptor Trust

    Class Code: UUU524

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    The Raptor Trust in Millington, NJ is a non-profit organization and one of the premier wild bird rehabilitation centers in the United States. The Trust includes a hospital with state-of-the-art medical facilities, quality exterior housing for several hundred birds, and an education building. A stalwart advocate for birds of prey for three decades, it is now recognized as a national leader in the fields of raptor conservation and avian rehabilitation.

    Meet up with Michael Downey at The Raptor Trust for an exciting day of photographing some of the Trust's permament bird residents! The day will begin with a brief photography seminar with Michael. You'll then have a chance to photograph at least three different kinds of birds, which may include owls, hawks, and falcons. Indoors, there will be a station set up with a backdrop and continuous lighting. Outdoors, there will be two shooting stations with perches: one against a large pine tree, and one with an open field as the backdrop.

    *Limited to 10 attendees.
    *Meetup is at the Raptor Trust Visitor Parking area (1452 White Bridge Road, Millington, NJ 07946).

    *IMPORTANT: Please be aware that this workshop is weather dependent for the safety of the birds. If there is rain or too much wind in the forecast, we will need to postpone the workshop. Please keep an eye on this listing and your email.

    Our Price: $225.00
  • Chasing the Northern Lights Photo Adventure

    Class Code: UUU434

    Instructor: 
    Dr. William Gutsch
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Unique Photo® has once again teamed up with group of night sky photography experts to give you an amazing opportunity to travel above the Arctic Circle, seek the Northern Lights, and explore the fantastic landscape of Arctic Norway.

    From November 2nd - 9th 2018, you’ll be based in Tromso, Norway – the “Aurora Capital of the World”. Most of the city (population: 72,000) is on an island surrounded by majestic mountain vistas and views of the fjords. By night and day – it’s a haven for photographers.

    Included: Airfare from Newark International Airport (EWR), hotel, breakfasts, and luxury coach on some nights.  Scroll down and read the OVERVIEW below for hotel, booking, and additional important information.

    1 for $5,900.00 2+ for $5,400.00
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