Open House Meet and Greet with Hensel and Chimera

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Join us for a social open house with photographers and representatives from Hensel and Chimera!

From 5:00pm - 8:00pm, meet and greet with industry professionals, enjoy light refreshments and snacks, demo the latest products, and listen to a presentation by keynote speaker and Playboy Magazine photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi.  Featured guests Guido Puttkammer and Lynn Bryson will also be present.

Want to get published in an upcoming Chimera/Hensel national ad campaign?  Bring 6-12 portfolio images to the meet-and-greet for Jarmo and Guido to critique!


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Get Published in Chimera/Hensel Upcoming National Ad Campaign
During the “open house meet and greet”, photographers will have the chance to have their portfolio reviewed by keynote speaker Jarmo Pohjaniemi for entry into the Chimera/Hensel National Ad Campaign Photo Contest. The winner of Chimera’s Star Photographer Search will be flown to Chimera’s chosen shooting location which will be announced at a later time.

The Guests

KEYNOTE SPEAKER Jarmo Pohjaniemi
Jarmo bought his first camera at age 19 or 20 and his passion for photography began in earnest. The major transition came when fashion icon and photographer Bruce Weber introduced Jarmo to the other side of the camera. Once behind the lens, Jarmo made steady progress until he took a giant leap by calling up a Playboy photo director with an ambitious proposal. He told the director he loved and admired the magazine but there was one problem, to which he added, “I can do this better.” The director sternly and calmly replied, “Shoot two girlfriends of yours, send me the film, and I’ll tell you how much you suck!” Jarmo took the challenge and impressed the editor enough to start getting spec assignments. Jarmo's hard work and determination, his career continued to grow, all the way to Playboy’s legendary Studio West. Jarmo continues to shoot for Playboy Magazine to this day with countless publication covers, pictorials, and Playmate shoots to his credit. Jarmo also excels in shooting spreads and editorials for the discerning fashion industry. "Lighting is the magic that brings out the best in both the model and the merchandise, a delicate yet important balance" is Jarmos's comments on shooting fashion.

FEATURED GUEST Guido Puttkammer
Born in Hamburg, Gemany, Guido spent nearly a decade with Hasselblad (1991-2000) before working with Profoto (2000-2009 in Germany; 2009-2011 in Sweden). Since 2012, he has become the Managing Director of Hensel Germany.

Lynn Bryson developed a love of photography while growing up and exploring the wild areas of the Pacific Northwest.  He began studying photography at Southern Oregon University before transferring to the University of Colorado at Boulder to finish his Art degree. He also began working in the production department of Chimera at this time, and began using Chimera products while studying at school. Over the last 8 years he has worked in many of the departments at Chimera and for the last several has worked on the sales team. His combined background in the production of Chimera products and his experience working with those products gives him a unique understanding of Chimera’s long list of professional lighting accessories.

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 photographhy, composition, editing and printing, wedding photography, HDR photography, working with speedlites, how to use social media, digital organization, one-on-one instruction, and much more. 


Where are classes held? 
Unless stated otherwise, classes are held in the Unique University classroom within the Unique Photo SuperStore (123 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004). 

What should I bring to class? 
You're encouraged to bring your camera and a notebook and pen to most classes. Some classes will require additional equipment, so please check the class descriptions. 

Will lunch or refreshments be included? 
Lunch and refreshments are not provided for any classes under 6 hours unless noted. 

How do I register for a class? 
You can register online, in-store at the concierge, or by phone at either 973-377-6454 or 973-377-2007. Please note that you will need to provide payment information. 

Can I register at the door? 
For most classes, you're free to register at the concierge desk prior to the start of the class. Please note that there are some classes that offer "Early Bird Special" rates and others that have limited seating, so it would be in your best interest to register prior to the dates of such classes. 

I wanted to register for ______ class, but it is now sold out. Is there a waiting list? 
Please contact Pamela at 973-377-6454 or email [email protected] with the following information: your name, phone number, email address, and the class name and date. 

My question has not been addressed here. Is there someone I can contact? 
Please contact Pamela at 973-377-6454 or email [email protected] with any additional inquiries.

Unique University Class Cancellation Policy Unique University Class Cancellation Policy
Classes costing less than $99 may be canceled up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. For classes costing $100 or more, advanced notice of seven days before the class is necessary for a full refund.
Requests for cancellation made after these deadlines will be awarded store credit in the amount paid for registration towards a future Unique University seminar or workshop.
Cancellations made within 24 hours of the beginning of a class will not be honored and no refund or credit will be given.
Cancellations of any class utilizing models will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the purchased price (up to $100).

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