Sony a9 Launch Event with Sony Artisan Brian Smith

Class Code:
UUU193
Skill Level:
Everyone

Experience a NEW level of imaging experience with the Sony a9 Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera! The world’s first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with 24.2MP resolution. Never miss the action without blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 fps and silent, vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec.

Join Sony Artisan Brian Smith and try out the Sony a9 on the ultimate subject - professional freeride and mountain bike rider Jeff Lenosky! After Brian's presentation and demo, we'll move outdoors for the live shooting session. Be sure to bring your SD cards so you can shoot with the a9 and take your images home! Our Sony Rep will also be around to answer your questions.


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Intuitive in design and loaded with features, the Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera offers you the best of both worlds. It comes with a 24.2 MP Full-Frame Exmor RS-stacked CMOS sensor, which teams up with the BIONZ X image processor for rendering photos and 4K videos at a high speed and with impressive quality. Use the 693-point Phase-Detection autofocus for firmly focusing on your subjects in a variety of lighting conditions, with incredible speed, precision, and sensitivity down to -3 EV. The 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization compensates for up to 5 types of camera shake in order to render blur-free pictures. Making it possible to transfer imagery to various modern gadgets are the WiFi, Bluetooth, and NFC connectivity options.

•  Compatible with Sony E-mount lenses
•  24.2 MP Full-Frame Exmor RS-stacked CMOS sensor
•  BIONZ X image processor
•  3”, 1,440 k-dot tiltable rear LCD touchscreen
•  0.5” 3,686 k-dot EVF with 23 mm eyepoint
•  20 fps continuous shooting
•  4K UHD video recording at 30 fps
•  693-point Phase-Detection autofocus
•  5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE image stabilization
•  WiFi, NFC, & Bluetooth connectivity
•  2,280 mAh NP-FZ100 Lithium-Ion battery


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Miami photographer Brian Smith is the luckiest guy on the planet. He won a Pulitzer Prize at 25, he’s told Bill Gates exactly what to do for an entire hour, appeared on The X Factor, exhibited at the Library of Congress, dined with the President, hung with Richard Branson on Necker Island, gotten drunk with George Clooney, shared cupcakes with Anne Hathaway and married the most beautiful woman he ever laid eyes on…

For the past 30 years, Brian Smith’s iconic portraits of famous celebrities, athletes and executives have been used in advertising, by corporations and have graced the covers and pages of hundreds of magazines including Sports Illustrated, ESPN the Magazine, Time, Forbes, New York Times Magazine, Elle and British GQ.

His first magazine photograph appeared in LIFE Magazine when Smith was a 20-year-old student at the University of Missouri. Five years later, Smith won the Pulitzer Prize for Spot News Photography for his photographs of the Los Angeles Olympic Games. He was again a finalist for the Pulitzer for his photographs of Haiti in Turmoil. His photograph of Greg Louganis hitting his head on the diving board at the Seoul Olympics won first place in both World Press Photo and the Pictures of the Year competition.

Brian Smith’s work has been exhibited at the Library of Congress, American Museum of Natural History, Aperture Gallery, Chelsea Art Museum and the W Los Angeles. He’s appeared on The X Factor, Israel Channel One and Fine Living Network. His awards include the Pulitzer Prize, American Photography, Communication Arts Photography Awards, World Press Photo, Pictures of the Year, Best of Photojournalism, One Eyeland People Photographer of the Year, American Photo magazine’s New Faces in Photography, AltPick Awards and Photo District News Awards.


Jeff Lenosky is a world-class professional freeride and trials mountain bike rider and holds the world record for the Bunny Hop, a high jump event using a full-size mountain bike. He competes in events worldwide and performs demos of his riding skills.

Unique University® is the highly acclaimed education component of Unique Photo®, NJ’s only camera and video superstore. There is over 2000 sq. ft. of learning space, including our start-of-the art, 1000 sq. ft. main presentation hall. Unique University’s mission is to help our visitors “Create Better Pictures” by providing photography education for beginners to pros. With events daily, it is the place where photography groups such as local camera clubs, ASMP, PPA and others meet. We have a full curriculum of classes and seminars from world famous speakers such as Art Wolfe, Rick Sammon, Michael Yamashita, Tyler Stableford, Lindsay Adler, and Will Crockett. We offer photography experiences to such places as the Prudential Center for Seton Hall Men's Basketball, Meadowlands Horse Racetrack, Lakota Wolf Preserve, NJ Jackals Baseball, Rutgers Football, Botanical Gardens, Festival of Ballooning, and much more. Our technical classes include such topics as basic D-SLR photography, lighting techniques, Adobe Photoshop, Elements, and Lightroom, macro photography, composition, editing and printing, wedding photography, HDR photography, working with speedlights, how to use social media, digital organization, one-on-one instruction, and much more. 

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