Come meet the Baddest man to pick up a camera since Austin Power... The Nightographer Lazarus Baptiste!
In this session you will get a preview of his 4 year long project NYCANDI. Images from this project have been featured in Vienna, Austria, as a Massive World Record Contender, in New York at Photoplus, and in Cologne, Germany at Photokina. Lazarus will share the stories behind some of his most delicious images and will cover topics like Night Photography in NYC without getting mugged, the importance of printing, the move to mirrorless, shooting panoramas, post processing techniques and why size matters.
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"It was makeup that led me to photography," says LAZARUS BAPTISTE, a gifted world class makeup artist turned cityscape photographer. Lazarus was born in Port-au-Prince Haiti and immigrated to Brooklyn, New York in 1981 at the age of 11. "I started makeup in 1994 and photography in ’96. For a while, I did both but when I was offered the opportunity to co-design the Philippe Privé cosmetics line, I chose to focus on makeup and put my Minolta away." The decision paid off. In 1999, the Philippe Privé line was picked up by Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City with Lazarus’ artistry and savvy on full display. Having proven himself as a top makeup artist, he garnered the attention of the esteemed Bryan Bantry Agency which signed on to represent him leading to numerous TV appearances as himself, and to his eventually publishing a book about his career.
Once Lazarus did everything he wanted to do in makeup, it was time to pick up the camera again but, so much had changed. "Minolta is Sony now and film is digital." Lazarus never took a class in photography but as an autodidact he understood how he learned best. "The World Wide Web University is my school of choice. With the internet, I can learn what I want, when I want, from a near infinite supply of forums and instructional videos."
Lazarus lists Fan Ho, Gordon Parks, William Klein, Brassai, Hugh Bell and Ansel Adams among his photography heroes. "The lessons and skills from 23 years in makeup are exactly what make my approach to photography unique, I believe. My lenses and cameras have replaced my makeup brushes and beauty products. The New York skyline is my supermodel now." says Lazarus as a smile races across his face. "Then, a beautiful model would sit in front of me and I had to reimagine her in a way that would tell a story and make her look spectacular. Now, I walk up to a beautiful location and reimagine it with the streets wet from rain, cumulus clouds in the sky, and the sun at a 170-degree angle during the golden hour because that is the story I want to tell. My challenge is to figure out when that moment will happen and make sure I am there to capture it. Truly the only thing that has changed is that I am the photographer now and nature is my makeup artist!"
Watch the video below for highlights from the 2016 New Jersey Camera Show!
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.
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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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- 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.
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