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  • Photography at the Wolf Conservation Center

    Class Code: UUU525

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey for a trip to the Wolf Conservation Center (WCC) in South Salem, NY! The WCC is home for up to 30 wolves, four of which are "Ambassadors" whose presence helps visitors understand the importance of wild wolves. In addition, several red and Mexican gray wolves also reside at the center as part of their Species Survival Plan (SSP) program to help conserve threatened and endangered species. You'll have a chance to capture photographs from port holes and an elevated tower.

    Seminar at Unique: Fri, April 20th (6pm - 7:30pm)
    Excursion to WCC: Sun, April 22nd (7:30am - 12:30pm)



    *Transportation is included. Bus will leave from Unique promptly at 7:30am and return at approximately 12:30pm.
    *Limited to 20 registrants.

    Our Price: $189.00
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  • Star Trails and Milky Way Shoot with Jennifer Khordi

    Class Code: UUU381

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Jennifer Khordi for a seminar and on-location overnight shoot on how you can shoot images of star trails and the Milky Way!

    Seminar: Thursday, April 19th (6:30pm - 8:30pm)
    Jennifer will provide a live demonstration on how she processes her images. She will also discuss in detail how to use StarStax and how to stack for noise-free Milky Way images.

    Overnight Shoot: Fri, April 20th - Sat, April 21st (9:30pm - 6:00am)
    Meet up at the private East Point Lighthouse (10 Lighthouse Rd, Heislerville, NJ 08324) and get ready for an overnight shoot to capture star trails!  Jennifer will go over camera settings and help with setup. The group will then drive back to Avalon to shoot the Milky Way. 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.
    *If you're unable to make the shoot and would just like to attend the seminar, click here.

    Our Price: $126.00
  • *FREE RSVP* King of Prussia, PA Trade-In Event

    Class Code: UUU059

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    We want to buy your used cameras and lenses! On Sunday, April 22nd, our professional consultants will be at the Valley Forge Resort Casino (1160 1st Ave, King of Prussia, PA 19406). Stop by if you're in the area and have your old camera gear evaluated! If you decide to trade-in, you'll receive a check or store credit on the spot.

    Please note that the items below are not applicable for trade-in. This list is not all-inclusive, but serves as a basic guideline.
    • Slide projectors and accessories
    • Darkroom equipment
    • Tripods
    • Video cameras (with the exception of current professional models)
    • Super 8/16mm cameras
    • Lighting equipment
    • Drones
    • GoPro cameras
    • Department store/third party brands
    • Point-and-shoot cameras (with some exceptions)
    • Plastic body film cameras

    *All equipment must be in fully working condition.
    *If you are unsure about something, or have any questions, please contact us ahead of time at trades@uniquephoto.com.

  • Understanding Your Camera III: White Balance (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH105

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    This class takes place at our HOBOKEN location. If you want to register for the class at Fairfield, click here.

    Knowing all the science and mathematics behind photography can only take you so far. The art of photography is 90 percent seeing and 10 percent photographing. Students will learn the vital aspects and rules of image composition and graphic design as they apply to taking photographs.

    This class will go over the essentials of white-balance and composition. Learn how to analyze the color temperature of light and how it affects your photographs. Your DSLR camera won't always be able to accurately reproduce colors which is where proper white-balancing comes into play. While there might be preset white-balance options in your camera, you will learn how to set up a custom white-balance enabling you to get the proper color in any lighting situation.

    *Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    IMPORTANT: Tuesday, March 20th classes have been cancelled. If you are registered, please check your email for details.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Understanding Your Camera III: White Balance and Composition

    Class Code: UUU201

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    Knowing all the science and mathematics behind photography can only take you so far. The art of photography is 90 percent seeing and 10 percent photographing. Students will learn the vital aspects and rules of image composition and graphic design as they apply to taking photographs.

    This class will go over the essentials of white-balance and composition. Learn how to analyze the color temperature of light and how it affects your photographs. Your DSLR camera won't always be able to accurately reproduce colors which is where proper white-balancing comes into play. While there might be preset white-balance options in your camera, you will learn how to set up a custom white-balance enabling you to get the proper color in any lighting situation.

    *Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Intro to Image Editing in Adobe Photoshop with Joe Brady

    Class Code: UUU228

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    While Adobe Lightroom is an important place to start, there are many edits, enhancements and corrections that only Photoshop can accomplish. This series of classes will take you from the beginning with an introduction to Photoshop tools, but perhaps more importantly, provide you with a workflow to follow when starting an image edit.

    You will learn all about the real power of Photoshop - layers, masks, blending modes, and selections - and how to put them to use with both Landscape/Nature and Portrait images. From basic image edits, to color corrections to reshaping, removing and individually editing selection in an image, Photoshop is limited only by your imagination once you learn how to approach your edits.

    Four classes won't make you a master of everything Adobe Photoshop, but Joe's approach to teaching and using this software will provide you with a firm base that you can grow with and adapt to your image editing needs and desires.

    Includes 4 Wednesday evening classes:
    · Class One: April 25th (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
    · Class Two: May 2nd (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
    · Class Three: May 9th (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
    · Class Four: May 16th (6:30pm - 8:00pm)

    *Specific topics for each class session are detailed below.
    *Classes will take place in the main classroom (not the digital lab). You may bring your own laptop to follow along, but it is NOT necessary.
    *Classes can also be purchased a la carte at $59 per class. To do so, please email university@uniquephoto.com or call 973-377-6454.

    Our Price: $196.00
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  • *FREE RSVP* Hoboken Film Lovers Event

    Class Code: UUU061

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    LOVE FILM? Meet and greet with other film enthusiasts at our Hoboken location on Friday, April 27th, from 6:00pm to 9:00pm! This event offers the perfect opportunity to discuss film photography with like-minded shooters while showing off your own submitted film work in a public gallery of prints. There will be a gallery of guest submitted work on display and a number of our lab technicians and staff will be there to answer any questions and meet with you!

    SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO BE DISPLAYED! We encourage any event attendees to submit up to two digital scans of their film work to our photo lab in advance of the event. From April 27th to the 29th, your work will be featured in a slideshow-based gallery in the classroom during the event. Submit up to two of your digital scans to contests@uniquephoto.com.

    Feel free to stop by the photo lab counter at our Fairfield location to have your film professionally printed using our new black & white film processing service.

  • Understanding Your Camera I: The Basics (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH103

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    This class takes place at our HOBOKEN location. If you want to register for the class at Fairfield, 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.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Understanding Your Camera I: The Basics

    Class Code: UUU103

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    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.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Photowalk at Philadelphias 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. There are wonderful opportunities for close-up and macro photography as well. Michael Downey will present a short, concise class on panoramic and close-up photography, and then we'll have some fun!

    *Limited to 20 attendees.
    *Admission to PMG is included with registration.
    *Please meet up with Michael at the front entrance.
    *Michael will be around until 2pm, but you're welcome to stay later.

    Our Price: $39.00
  • Intro to Lightroom with Adobe Certified Instructor Blake Taylor

    Class Code: UUU334

    Instructor: 
    Blake Taylor
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Adobe Certified instructor Blake Taylor for this hands-on class that will introduce you to Adobe Lightroom CC!

    By following a photographic workflow, you’ll first learn how to import digital photos into Lightroom - from there, you’ll learn different ways to manage your photos as well as learn how make one-click adjustments all the way to making more advanced adjustments using the controls that Lightroom offers. You’ll also experiment with Lightroom’s non-destructive environment by enhancing a variety of photos by working within Lightroom’s Library and Develop modules. By the end of the class, you will have a much stronger working knowledge of the program and be ready to apply what you learned to your own photos.

    *Seating is limited to 13 students.
    *Our digital lab has MAC desktops. If you'd prefer to bring your own laptop, please let us know ahead of time by emailing university@uniquephoto.com.

    Our Price: $149.00
  • 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.

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

    Our Price: $69.00
  • Understanding Your Camera II: Exposure and Metering (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH104

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    This class takes place at our HOBOKEN location. If you want to register for the class at Fairfield, click here.

    Understanding the basics of exposure and metering are the building blocks to becoming a good photographer. This course will teach you these fundamental basics of photography such as the relationship between f-stops and shutter speeds, as well as understanding the positives and negatives of ISO/ASA sensitivity with your image sensor.

    How your camera's metering system works, metering modes, scene modes, advantages of RAW versus JPEG image files, interpreting the histogram, exposure compensation, manual controls and much more will all be discussed!

    *Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Understanding Your Camera II: Exposure and Metering

    Class Code: UUU200

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    Understanding the basics of exposure and metering are the building blocks to becoming a good photographer. This course will teach you these fundamental basics of photography such as the relationship between f-stops and shutter speeds, as well as understanding the positives and negatives of ISO/ASA sensitivity with your image sensor.

    How your camera's metering system works, metering modes, scene modes, advantages of RAW versus JPEG image files, interpreting the histogram, exposure compensation, manual controls and much more will all be discussed!

    *Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • How to Photograph Your Pets with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU218

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Photographing pets in any setting can be challenging. Whether it's indoors with studio lights or outside with natural light, there are always multiple factors to consider. Join Unique University Head Instructor Michael Downey as he shares his secrets for pet photography and teaches you how to photograph your own pets in new and creative ways.

    For the indoor setting, we'll set up inside the classroom with both continuous lights and studio strobes. Weather permitting, we'll then move outside to take some shots on the front lawn. You'll have at least two hours to take photos of our pets during the live shoot, so don't forget your cameras!

    Topics Covered:
    • Tips for camera settings to get great quality images
    • Setting up your camera and lighting for continuous lighting and strobes
    • Recommended gear (flashes, radio triggers, softboxes)
    • Tips for composition and getting great expressions
    • Suggested places around the house to photograph
    • Methods for getting your dog or cat to look at the camera

    *Pets for the live shoot will be determined closer to the workshop date.
    *Limited to 20 students. Register early!

    Our Price: $89.00
  • High Key Portrait Lighting with Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis

    Class Code: UUU373

    Instructor: 
    Bobbi Lane
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    This lively and fun workshop teaches you the creative lighting techniques necessary to make beauty, fashion, and joyful images!

    The classic High Key is a pure white background with the subject well illuminated for a bright, happy and lively feeling. High Key is used for fashion, brides, children, cute animals, but can be dramatic, too. The morning consists of image presentations and demos, giving the participant the knowledge and tools to make beautiful portraits. The afternoon will be shooting models with a variety of lighting modifiers so that you can fine tune your lighting to get exactly the impact you want! This workshop will expand your array of lighting styles for beautiful portraits!

    *Please bring your own camera and lenses.
    *Attendees must have a good working knowledge of their cameras, and understand ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. No lighting experience required.

    SAVE $49 when you register for both "High Key Portrait Lighting" (UUU373) and "Low Key Portrait Lighting" (UUU374)! Add both classes to your cart and the savings will be automatic.
    Our Price: $199.00
  • Photographing Namibia with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU452

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Open Sky Senior Tour Leader Temu Nana and Unique Photo’s own Michael Downey as photo instructor on a two-week exploration of one of southern Africa’s most incredible countries. Designed by and for photographers, we’ll capture Namibia’s incredible night sky, best landscapes, and wildlife in the right light, at the right time. From the Skeleton Coast to the Salt Pans, Kolmanskop to the villages of the Himba, and the massive dunes of Sossusvlei to unforgettable Etosha National Park, Namibia is unlike any place on the planet, one we can’t wait to share with you!

    Included:
    Comprehensive pre-departure information, accommodations in luxury lodges and hotels, meals as indicated in the itinerary, special permits for after-hours access to sites, all gratuities, plus a complimentary travel wallet and personalized travel notebook with your final documents. Scroll down for all details!

    Please note that airfare is NOT included with this registration. Our tour operator partner can assist you with booking flights.

    *Pricing is subject to change after January 31st 2018.
    *Group is limited to 12 participants. Don't delay in reserving your seat!

    Please call Temu at 212-441-0024 or email university@uniquephoto.com to sign up!

    2+ for $7,995.00 1 for $8,445.00
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  • Low Key Portrait Lighting with Bobbi Lane and Lee Varis

    Class Code: UUU374

    Instructor: 
    Bobbi Lane
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Low Key traditionally is a dark or black background, with side lighting and deeper shadows for a dramatic and evocative portrait. It works well for great moody portraits, as well as character and theatrical images. The light and shadow sculpt the subject, using soft boxes, grids, and strip lights, and bring out an assortment of feelings. Low Key can be done with one, two or three lights, each one carving out a story of your subject.

    The morning consists of image presentations and demos, giving the participant the knowledge and tools to make striking and effective portraits. The afternoon will be shooting models with a variety of lighting modifiers so that you can fine tune your lighting to get exactly the impact you want! This workshop will expand your array of lighting styles for more depth, more character and powerful portraits!

    *Please bring your own camera and lenses.
    *Attendees must have a good working knowledge of their cameras, and understand ISO, shutter speed, and aperture. No lighting experience required.

    SAVE $49 when you register for both "High Key Portrait Lighting" (UUU373) and "Low Key Portrait Lighting" (UUU374)! Add both classes to your cart and the savings will be automatic.
    Our Price: $199.00
  • Introduction to Photoshop with Adobe Certified Instructor Blake Taylor

    Class Code: UUU329

    Instructor: 
    Blake Taylor
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    If you are crunched for time and want to learn as much as you can about Photoshop as fast as you can, then this is the course for you! Learn the Basics of Photoshop with Certified Adobe Instructor Blake Taylor! Blake will review the essential tools to enhance your photographs.

    NOTE: Practice images will be provided. You will receive a take home booklet to reference when needed.

    WHAT TO BRING: Please bring 1-2 images you would like to work on. Each student will need a notebook (paper) and some type of storage and transfer media for image files to bring to and from class. Thumb drives or external pocket hard drives are all suitable. I would suggest nothing less than 4 gigabyte thumbdrive storage capacity with USB or Firewire connectivity. CD’s and DVD’s are not recommended for transferring digital media to and from class. The fastest storage media is either a thumb drive or pocket hard drive.

    *Seating is limited to 13 students.
    *Our digital lab has MAC desktops. If you'd prefer to bring your own laptop, please let us know ahead of time by emailing university@uniquephoto.com.

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Festival of Ballooning: General Registration with Behind the Scenes Pass

    Class Code: UUU347

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey for a photo workshop at the annual QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning, the most photographed event on the East Coast!  Don't miss out on capturing the breathtaking visuals of hot air balloons from around the world!

    General Registration Includes:
    • Instructional seminar on Wednesday, July 25th (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
    • (1) Balloon Festival admission ticket for Friday (6:30pm Launch), Saturday (6:30am Launch), or Sunday (6:30am Launch)
    • (1) "Behind the Scenes" field access pass for the selected day's launch

    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 pick-up time.

    *
    Click here for directions to the festival.
    *Parking is NOT included and will cost $10 per vehicle at the festival.
    *Michael Downey will be around the launch area during each launch time if you'd like to meet up with him and other registrants.

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

    Class Code: UUU348

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey for a photo workshop featuring the annual QuickChek NJ Festival of Ballooning, the most photographed event on the East Coast! Don't miss out on capturing the breathtaking visuals of hot air balloons from around the world!

    VIP Registration includes:
    • Instructional seminar on Tuesday, July 24th (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
    • (1) Festival of Ballooning admission ticket
    • (1) Special "Behind the Scenes" field access pass
    • (1) VIP Parking Pass
    • (1) Balloon Ride on Saturday (6:30am Launch) or Sunday (6:30am Launch)

    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 pick-up time.

    *
    Click here for directions to the festival.
    * Michael Downey will be around the launch area during each launch time if you'd like to meet up with him and other registrants.

    Our Price: $299.00
  • Chasing the Northern Lights Photo Adventure

    Class Code: UUU434

    Instructor: 
    Dr. William Gutsch
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Unique Photo® has once again teamed up with group of night sky photography experts to give you an amazing opportunity to travel above the Arctic Circle, seek the Northern Lights, and explore the fantastic landscape of Arctic Norway.

    From November 2nd - 9th 2018, you’ll be based in Tromso, Norway – the “Aurora Capital of the World”. Most of the city (population: 72,000) is on an island surrounded by majestic mountain vistas and views of the fjords. By night and day – it’s a haven for photographers.

    Included: Airfare from Newark International Airport (EWR), hotel, breakfasts, and luxury coach on some nights.  Scroll down and read the OVERVIEW below for hotel, booking, and additional important information.

    Early Bird Special: Save $500 when you register by April 30th! Save another $500 when you pay in full at time of registration! Please refer to the "REGISTRATION RATES & INFO" section of the description below for details.

    1 for $5,400.00 2+ for $4,900.00
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