The word photography comes from Greek words meaning to write or draw with light. Photography is a process of making pictures by the action of light. Light is reflected from an object to form an image on a material sensitive to light. Now that the history lesson’s over, lets get into it.
I don’t know about you, but I’m a seeker of Light! I study light, Natural light, Continuous light, Speedlites, Strobes, it’s all Light. I’m an available light shooter and I will use all the Light available to me. My tool of choice is Speedlites, small portable flashes that I can control wirelessly from camera. I never leave home with less than four Speedlites! This class I’m going to share how I use, control and shape light to capture the subject in their best possible light.
I feel lighting is more important than ever before, I’ve noticed many photographers today use “available light” and “high ISO”! In some situations this works, I don’t know about you but most environments I shoot in it’s DARK. Adding a kiss of light makes all the difference.
Join me as we light it, shoot it, and then print it! Prints matter, for me it’s not a picture until you print it. I will share my approach to location portraits and event photography. I will be using Canon EOS 1DXMII’s with a variety of lenses, 600EX RT Speedlites and Westcott Deep Umbrellas.
It’s all about the quality of light.
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BOB DAVIS is no newcomer to the photographic industry. He's been a professional photographer for over 30 years. It was obvious to him at an early age that being a photographer was what he wanted to do with his life.Bob's passion for photography began back in high school when he became the editor of his school newspaper. He then went on to Columbia College and was named College Photographer of the Year. With this came a full time job at the Daily Southtown newspaper in Chicago and then on to the Chicago Sun-Times newspaper for 14 years.
Bob's cameras have always been a passport for him, allowing him a front seat to history. While at the paper, he had covered countless amazing events, such as presidential elections, Michael Jordan's entire career with the Chicago Bulls, and many faith celebrations and rituals. Bob has traveled around the world photographing weddings and human-interest stories for non-profit organizations.
Bob has since moved on from the newspaper industry. Now, a partner with his wife Dawn Davis, Bob & Dawn Davis Photography & Design's client list reads like a "Who's Who" of entertainment's elite. They have had the honor of photographing Ashley's wedding, of ABC's TV show The Bachelorette, to J.P. in Pasadena, California, and many other "A" list weddings such as Eva Longoria and Tony Parker, Salma Hayek and François-Henri Pinault, La La Vazquez and Carmelo Anthony, Tracey Edmonds and Eddie Murphy, and many other fabulous events with Oprah Winfrey.
Bob's work has been featured in publications such as O, People, OK, Inside Weddings, Town & Country, Munaluchi, Grace Ormonde, The Knot, Ritz-Carlton, Professional Photographer, Rangefinder, and Popular Photography. Bob is happily married to Dawn Davis and together they have two beautiful children, Bobby and Alli.
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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.
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.
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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.
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