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  • Photograph Through Storm King Art Center with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU417

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey as he photographs art outdoors in the beautiful Summer air!  This excursion is great for learning art and/or landscape photography. Michael will begin with a class and handouts, teaching techniques on how to see from new perspectives for creative composition.

    Storm King Art Center’s distinguished collection comprises more than 100 sculptures by some of the most acclaimed artists of our era. Works at Storm King encompass the years from post-World War II to the present and include gifts, acquisitions, specially commissioned site-specific works, and loans. While the focus of the collection has been on large-scale abstract sculpture, much of it in steel, it also includes figurative work and sculpture in stone, earth, and other materials.

    * Registration includes admission, instruction, and support until 2pm.
    * $18 for non-shooting adult guests and $8 for children.
    * Michael will be at the main entrance parking lot.

    Our Price: $99.00
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  • EXPO 3-Day Show Floor Pass: June 7th, 8th, 9th

    Class Code: UUU700

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    RSVP for this 3-Day Show Pass and attend our Photo Expo at the Unique Photo® Superstore (123 US Hwy 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004). Each day will feature different photographic opportunities, classes, raffles, and much more. Join us for one, two, or all three days of the Expo!

    EXPO 2019 SHOW FLOOR HOURS
    Friday, June 7th: 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Saturday, June 8th: 10:00am - 6:00pm
    Sunday, June 9th: 10:00am - 5:00pm

    • Learn from the World's Best Photographers 
    • Explore and Experience Photo Excursions 
    • Interact with Manufacturer Representatives 
    • Shop and Take Advantage of Incredible Sales 
    • Enjoy Surprises, Raffles, and More


    Check out the Expo 2019 class schedule! Please note that separate registration is required for all Expo classes. They are $10 each and you'll receive a $10 Unique Photo Token for each registration. You may use these tokens for in-store purchases (even after the Expo is over!) and lunch at the food trucks during the Expo.

    • 06/08/19 Sat, 10:00AM - 6:00PM 06/09/19 Sun, 10:00AM - 5:00PM

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  • EXPO: Elevating Nature Photography with Kristi Odom (Nikon)

    Class Code: UUU7251

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Nikon Ambassador Kristi Odom as she takes us on a journey to see beauty in wildlife both near and far from home. She'll give tips and tricks on how to get more emotion in your wildlife photography, ultimately creating a more impactful image. You'll learn how to bring drama into landscapes and capture motion in a still image.

    Kristi will also dive into mirrorless technology and how it is used in nature photography, as well as show you how to make short instagram video clips. Her most recent work photographing insects, birds and plants in local parks shows that you don’t have to go far to get amazing wildlife to photograph!


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    Our Price: $10.00
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  • Bushkill Falls Photo Excursion with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU410

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Take a trip to Bushkill Falls with Unique University Head Instructor Michael Downey! Bushkill Falls provides an excellent opportunity to experience the splendor and beauty of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. It is also a great opportunity to learn the effects of shutter speed, bracketing, and HDR photography. You'll photograph several falls using fast and slow shutterspeeds to vary the look of your images.

    *Limited to 15 registrants.
    *Registration includes a brief class and access to the park.
    *Please meet Michael at the Visitors Center.
    *Remember to wear comfortable shoes.

    Our Price: $79.00
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  • Sunset and Moonrise Photography Shoot with Jennifer Khordi

    Class Code: UUU378

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Jennifer Khordi for a shoot at Liberty State Park in Jersey City! After some instruction on shooting techniques and camera settings, attendees will photograph the sunset and moonrise.

    Please bring the following gear for the shoot:
    • Zoom lens of at least 300mm (or teleconverter equivalent)
    • Remote trigger
    • Steady tripod (no travel tripods)

    *Limited to 15 registrants.
    *Please meet Jennifer at the Flag Pole Plaza near the main entrance.

    UPDATE (6/17/2019): This evening's workshop has been postponed due to the weather. If you're registered, please check your email for a message from Jennifer.

    Our Price: $125.00
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  • NJ Jackals Baseball and Fireworks with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU413

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Head Instructor Michael Downey for a night of baseball and fireworks with the NJ Jackals!

    This a a great opportunity to get better at photographing sports! Michael will begin with a brief seminar and show you how to shoot from different vantage points. You will practice anticipating the action, following fast-moving subjects, and getting the shot. You don't even have to be into sports. A desire to hang out with other photographers and flex your quick response muscle is all that is required! Michael will also cover photographing fireworks, including typical settings and positions, before the pyrotechnic show begins.

    *Registration includes admission to the game, instruction, and support throughout the game and fireworks.

    Our Price: $49.00
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  • Sunset, Star Trails, and Milky Way Shoot with Jennifer Khordi

    Class Code: UUU381

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Jennifer Khordi for an on-location shoot and capture images of the sunset, star trails, and Milky Way!

    Friday, June 28th (7:30pm - 4:00am)
    Meet up at the East Point Lighthouse (10 Lighthouse Rd, Heislerville, NJ 08324)! The owner will give the group a private tour of the Lighthouse and property. Afterwards, Jennifer will go over useful apps, how she plans her shoots, gear, camera settings, and shooting techniques. Attendees need to bring a fast wide angle lens, sturdy tripod (no travel ones), a corded remote that simply locks, DSLR camera, head lamp, warm clothes, and hiking boots.

    *Limited to 10 registrants.
    *Please dress warm and note that there will be some hiking involved.
    *Keep an eye on your email in case of date change announcements due to the weather.

    Our Price: $125.00
  • Photowalk at the Bronx Zoo with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU414

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey for a photowalk through the zoo, photographing animals as they exist in a simulated natural environment. Michael will show you techniques for making your image look as if the animals are in the wild, eliminating reflections, glare, and fencing in your shots!

    The day starts with a short 30-minute class and then the trek begins. You can stay with Michael or take your own journey through the wild. Either way, Michael will be at the zoo until 2:00pm to provide assistance in capturing the image you had hoped for.

    *Limited to 8 registrants.
    *Please meet Michael at Bronx River Gate from Bronx River Parkway Parking.
    *Registration includes admission to the zoo, monorail, congo gorilla forest, and butterfly garden. Feel free to bring the kids for this one!

    Our Price: $89.00
  • Festival of Ballooning: General Registration with Behind the Scenes Pass

    Class Code: UUU347

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey and Nikon at the annual QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning, the most photographed event on the East Coast! You'll learn how to photograph hot air balloons as they're inflating, launching, and flying up in the air! With our group's special field access, you'll be behind the scenes and free to roam for a variety of shots. Don't miss out on capturing breathtaking visuals of balloons from around the world!

    General Registration Includes:
    • Seminar at Unique on Wednesday, July 24th (6pm - 8pm)
    • (1) Balloon Festival admission ticket for ONE day: Friday (6:30pm Launch), Saturday (6:30am Launch), or Sunday (6:30am Launch)
    • (1) "Behind the Scenes" field access for selected launch
    • Access to Nikon loaner cameras and lenses for use at the launch area!

    For 6:30am launches, please arrive at the Balloon Festival by 5:45am.
    You may leave the Balloon Festival at any time on the day that you choose.

    *There are only 20 spots per day/launch, so please choose carefully. Once it gets closer to the festival, we will NOT be able to make any changes.
    *Tickets and passes will be handed out at the seminar. If you cannot attend, please email university@uniquephoto.com to arrange another time.

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    Click here for directions to the festival.
    *Parking is NOT included and will cost $10 per vehicle at the festival.


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    Our Price: $99.00
  • Festival of Ballooning: VIP Registration with Balloon Ride

    Class Code: UUU348

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey and Nikon at the annual QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning, the most photographed event on the East Coast! You'll learn how to photograph hot air balloons as they're inflating, launching, and flying up in the air! With our group's special field access, you'll be behind the scenes and free to roam for a variety of shots. Don't miss out on capturing breathtaking visuals of balloons from around the world!

    VIP Registration includes:
    • Seminar at Unique on Tuesday, July 23rd (6pm - 8pm)
    • (1) Festival of Ballooning admission ticket
    • (1) "Behind the Scenes" field access
    • (1) VIP Parking Pass
    • (1) Balloon Ride on Saturday (6:30am Launch) or Sunday (6:30am Launch)
    • Access to Nikon loaner cameras and lenses for use at the launch area!

    Please plan to arrive at the festival by 5:15am. You may leave the Balloon Festival at any time after the balloon ride.

    *There are only 20 spots per day/launch, so please choose carefully. Once it gets closer to the festival, we will NOT be able to make any changes.
    *Tickets and passes will be handed out at the seminar. If you cannot attend, please email university@uniquephoto.com to arrange another time.

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    Click here for directions to the festival.


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    Our Price: $315.00
  • Photowalk at Philadelphia's Magic Gardens with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU449

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) is a nonprofit art museum and gallery space located in Isaiah Zagar’s visionary art environment at 1020 South Street, Philadelphia, PA.

    Spanning half a block, the museum includes an immersive outdoor art installation and indoor galleries. Zagar created the space using nontraditional materials such as folk art statues, found objects, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The site is enveloped in visual anecdotes and personal narratives that refer to Zagar’s life, family, and community, as well as references from the wider world such as influential art history figures and other visionary artists and environments.

    The property is rich with photographic subjects, and Michael will teach you how to see and compose creatively with an "Art of Seeing" seminar before the photowalk begins.

    *Limited to 8 registrants.
    *Admission to PMG is included.
    *Please meet at the front entrance.
    *Michael will be around until 1pm, but you're welcome to stay later.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Macro and Fireworks at Longwood Gardens with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU424

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It's a fine time to exercise your macro photography at Longwood Gardens with Michael Downey! Their Conservatory is one of the world's great greenhouse structures and shelters 20 indoor gardens and 5,500 types of plants. At present, there are 195,668 square feet—or 4.5 acres—of covered display, production, and research greenhouses.

    Once everyone has met up with Michael, he will distribute tickets and then begin the seminar. He'll go over settings, techniques, and tips for photographing flowers and fireworks, as well as macro photography. Michael will also have some accessories and tools that will help you get the best photos possible! A leisurely stroll through the display areas takes about 1½ hours and covers about ½ mile.

    As it gets darker, we'll find our reserved seats to enjoy and photograph the 9:15pm Fireworks & Fountains show of the evening: Swan Lake. Fireworks fly, fountains dance, and music sets the tone during these captivating shows.

    *Registration includes admission and reserved seating for fireworks show.
    *Please meet Michael at the Group Visits Desk.
    *Please note there will be a decent amount of walking during the day.
    *Tripods and monopods are permitted, but only in certain areas. They are NOT permitted during the fireworks show.

    2+ for $89.00 1 for $99.00
  • 2 Rivers, 5 Bridges, and Lighthouses Photography Cruise

    Class Code: UUU104

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Our Photography Cruise is back again! Don't miss out on this exciting photography experience with Michael Downey!

    CRUISE: Saturday, August 17th (3:30pm - 9:00pm)
    Rain Date: Saturday, August 24th (3:30pm - 9:00pm)

    Please meet Michael at Port Imperial (4800 Ave at Port Imperial, Weehawken, NJ 07086) promptly at 3:30pm. Once aboard, you'll enjoy drinks and sandwiches while sailing through the Hudson and East rivers, circling around all of Manhattan. We'll also make several stops to capture the various locations below. Models will also be present to offer additional photo opportunities!

    • George Washington Bridge
    • Brooklyn Bridge
    • Verrazano Bridge
    • Manhattan Bridge
    • Williamsburg Bridge
    • Statue of Liberty
    • Ellis Island
    • USS Intrepid
    • Lighthouses


     

    2+ for $174.50 1 for $199.00
  • Southwest National Parks Photo Excursion with AIP

    Class Code: UUU537

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Adventures in Photography for a photo adventure from Saturday, September 28th - Sunday, October 6th to visit and photograph some of the Southwest's best National Parks: Zion, Antelope Canyon, Escalante, and Bryce Canyon!

    This year's trip is being led by AIP's Padma Inguva and Malcolm Kan, two expert landscape photographer / educators whose singular goal is to insure you get the best photographs and training possible.

    Please note that airfare to and back is NOT included.
    *U-Rewards points will not be earned on this registration.

    Our Price: $3,750.00
  • Morocco: A Visual Feast 11-Day Photo Journey with David Wells

    Class Code: UUU451

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Hone your photography skills alongside professional photographer David Wells in one of the most visually striking settings on the planet, through thoughtfully-crafted workshops in Morocco’s Imperial Cities and a magical expedition to the Sahara Desert via the Atlas Mountains. Open Sky Expeditions Senior Tour Leader and Photographer Temu Nana will act as our personal host throughout.

    Included: Comprehensive pre-departure information, accommodations in deluxe hotels and private desert camps, meals as indicated in the itinerary, and a complimentary travel wallet and personalized travel notebook with your final documents. Scroll down for all details!

    Please note that airfare to and back from Morocco is NOT included with this registration. Our tour operator partner can assist you with booking flights (which currently vary from $750 - $900 round-trip from New York depending on which airports you fly into/out of, and if you participate in either extension).

    Please call Alex at 212-441-0024 if you'd like to sign up by phone or place a $900 deposit.

    *Pricing is subject to change after certain dates. Please refer to the "REGISTRATION RATES" section of the description below for details.
    *Seating is limited to 12 participants. Don't delay in reserving your seat!

    *U-Rewards points will not be earned on this registration.

    2+ for $5,795.00 1 for $6,480.00
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