Understanding Your Camera I: The Basics

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This class takes place at our FAIRFIELD location.
If you want to register for class in Philly (PA), 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.

• Social distancing guidelines will be followed.
• Class size will be limited.
• All students MUST wear masks in classrooms.
Our Price: $49.00

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"They provide a variety of classes for beginners and advanced users to help you improve your shooting techniques and to know better all your camera's functions."

"So glad to be learning about our new camera from your educational program. We are recommending it to everyone...can't say enough!!"

"Enjoyed my class-the 2hours flew. Plan to attend more. Michael Downey is an awesome instructor."

"LOVE this place! The classes have already tremendously helped my photography skills. :)"

"The class was as described, just what we needed and a lot of fun."

"Excellent teacher, made class fun and we learned a lot that we used immediately."

"They teach a great beginner class. You are able to use what you learn right away. The class is interactive and encourages students to ask questions or share experiences. I would recommend taking the three course series."

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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 state-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 Lakota Wolf Preserve, Wolf Conservation Center, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Rutgers Football, Longwood Gardens, Festival of Ballooning, and much more. Our technical classes include such topics as basic digital photography, lighting techniques, Adobe Photoshop 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, much more. 


Where are classes held? 
Unless stated otherwise, most classes are held in the Unique University classroom within the Unique Photo Superstore (123 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004). We also hold classes at our Philadelphia, PA location (28 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106). 

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 early for such classes. 

I wanted to register for ______ class, but it is now sold out. Is there a waiting list? 
Please contact us at 973-377-6454 or university@uniquephoto.com 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 us at 973-377-6454 or university@uniquephoto.com with any additional inquiries.

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).
** Attention American Express cardholders: If you cancel a registration for a class costing $100 or more, there will be a 3% cancellation fee deducted from your refund or store credit.

Unique University (Fairfield)

11/03/20 Tue 11:00AM, 11/03/20 Tue 6:30PM

Unique Photo
123 US Highway 46 West
Fairfield, NJ 07004

Michael Downey - 11/03/20 Tue, 11:00AM

Michael is the Head Instructor of Unique University and currently operates Michael Downey Photography, Inc. out of Somerville, New Jersey.

Michael Downey - 11/03/20 Tue, 6:30PM

Michael is the Head Instructor of Unique University and currently operates Michael Downey Photography, Inc. out of Somerville, New Jersey.

Excellent Starter Course

Reviewed on Monday, December 17, 2012

By: Lou

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

As a new DSLR user i wanted to know how to use my camera to take better pictures. This class gives you the understanding of the tool built into your camera. For me photography and my camera were both a foreign language, but Mike Downey has a great way of breaking it down with humor and simple terms the beginner can understand. I recommend taking all 4 classes and YES believe Mike that it will all make sense by class #4. I would also recommend taking a photo excursion during the middle or end of the 4 classes because it will helps apply what you learn in teh class room.

Amazing class

Reviewed on Wednesday, November 2, 2011

By: Anonymous

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

I learned more in this two hour class than I have in two years of owning my DSLR, reading manuals, etc. I highly recommend it.


Reviewed on Monday, May 16, 2011

By: Anonymous

Rated 5.0 out of 5 stars.

I'm new to the DSLR world and this class was the perfect beginning step in learning about my camera. Mike is a great teacher and I learned so many invaluable tools. I highly recommend it!

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