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  • Intro to Flash Photography (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH207

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

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

    In this class, Michael Downey will teach students how to manage additional lighting. The class will cover the pop-up flash built into DSLRs, as well as speedlites that go into the hot shoe.  You'll also learn how to use flash as the main, key, and fill light.  Flash compensation will also be discussed.

    Demonstrations include bouncing/reflecting flash, diffusing the light, and using flash for subject separation.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Monthly Meetup with Adventures in Photography and Unique Photo

    Class Code: UUU035

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Unique Photo® and Adventures in Photography (AIP) would like to invite you to our new monthly meetups! On the last Thursday of each month, registrants will meet at Unique® for networking, equipment swaps, a pizza dinner, and presentations by special guest speakers. Please scroll down further to see what's in store for the next meeting!

    * Last Thursday of each month is the regular meeting time. Due to holidays and other circumstances, please check this listing in case the meeting date/time is changed for any given month.
    * Registrants have the option of attending the whole meeting or just the featured speaker presentation. Registration fee will remain the same.
    *Registrants will receive their $10 tokens when signing in for the presentation.


    4/27/17 Meeting:
    Featured Speaker: Pam Grafstein
    The Dynamic Still Life

    Our Price: $20.00
  • 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 with the beautiful foliage as the backdrop!  This excursion is great for learning art and/or landscape photography.

    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 instruction and support until 2:00pm, as well as admission into the grounds.
    * Michael will be at the main entrance parking lot.

    Our Price: $59.00
  • Ultimate Understanding Your Camera Full Day Workshop with Rick Gerrity

    Class Code: UUU120

    Instructor: 
    Rick Gerrity
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    If you are interested in photography but don’t have a lot of time to spend in the classroom, we understand, life gets in the way of your free time! Why not learn all you need to know about your DSLR or mirrorless camera in one weekend day?  In this intensive class, master all of the tips, tricks and techniques of our most popular trio, Understanding Your Camera.

    Lunch will be included.  Please note that this class is NOT for point-and-shoot cameras.
    *Due to the structure of this class, previous registrations including Bundle Purchases, Groupon, Living Social, and Amazon Local vouchers cannot be used.

    Our Price: $99.00
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  • Understanding Your Camera I: The Basics (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH103

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    IMPORTANT: 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
  • Photography from the Top of the Rockefeller Center

    Class Code: UUU409

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Photograph Manhattan from the top of 30 Rockefeller Plaza! It's a great time to photograph the plaza and 5th Ave before catching the sunset from The Top of The Rock! Come on out, practice what you've learned, learn something new, and share in the photographic community.

    Michael will be there to help you along every step of the way so that you can capture the cityscapes, streets, and the sunset. You are also free to stay until closing at midnight.

    * Registration includes a class on cityscape and HDR photography and timed admission (we can go up when we want and there isn't time wasted waiting at the box office).
    * Please note that tripods are not allowed, however, Michael has several solutions he'll share with you!
    * Michael will be at Studio 1A, where the "Today Show" is shot, on the corner of W 49th St and The Plaza.

    Our Price: $59.00
  • Studio Lighting Made Simple for Creative Portraits (Hensel)

    Class Code: UUU269

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Gain confidence in using your studio lights and photo gear! In this intensive, hands-on workshop with photographer Carlos Alvarado, you will learn about Hard Light, Soft Light, High Key Light, and how to achieve several different looks with modifiers.  While working with live models, Carlos will teach you how to guide your subject with confidence so that you can get the shots you want!  

    Carlos' approach is simple, effective, and valuable to photographers of all levels. You will leave this workshop with portfolio-ready images and a new understanding of studio lighting and modifiers!

    Setups include:
    • Cross Light - 1 light using umbrella
    • Beauty Headshot – beauty dish/octa box
    • Simulating Sunlight - Hard Light
    • Portrait - 2 lights
    • How to use Reflectors and Diffusion Panels
    • Portrait - 3 lights

    Limited to 15 students only -- register early!
    Lunch is included.


    Sponsored by

    Our Price: $250.00
  • Understanding Your Camera II: Exposure and Metering (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH104

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    IMPORTANT: 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
  • Tips and Tricks of Infrared Photography with Martin Bluhm

    Class Code: UUU280

    Instructor: 
    Martin Bluhm
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Infrared photography is now getting more popular since digital camera sensors can reveal infrared light which is invisible to the human eye. Infrared photos provide a very special atmosphere which cannot easily achieved with regular light photography.  

    Join photographer Martin Bluhm and learn all about it! This class includes infrared filter techniques, infrared and full spectrum camera conversions, and different applications for infrared photography. The second portion of the class shows you how to post-process infrared RAW files into false color or black and white photos. Martin will also mentions ways to create infrared-like photos from regular color photos.

    Our Price: $30.00
  • Location Lighting at Kip's Castle with Rick Friedman

    Class Code: UUU358

    Instructor: 
    Rick Friedman
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join award-winning photographer Rick Friedman for his "Location Lighting Workshop" with stunning models!  This hands-on workshop is designed for wedding photographers, photojournalists, portrait photographers, and serious amateurs.  At the end of this seminar, you will know how to create elaborate lighting setups that you can take anywhere.

    The day begins at 10:00am, when attendees will board a bus to Kip's Castle Park in Verona, NJ.  You'll have a chance to shoot on the grounds outside of Kip's Castle, as well as indoors on the first floor for a variety of amazing shots until roughly 2:00pm.  We'll leave Kip's Castle shortly after and then return on the bus to Unique Photo, where there will be a short break for lunch before the workshop resumes in the university room.  We'll practice creating interesting light with one speedlight, progress through using multiple speedlights with different light modifiers, and then end with mixing both speedlights and natural light.  You can plan on leaving feeling empowered to capture great images -- no matter what lighting situation you come up against!

    PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE!  The bus from Unique will leave promptly to maximize the amount of shooting time at Kip's Castle.
    * Bring a camera, lenses, on-camera flashes, and lunch/snack.
    * Rick will instruct using both Nikon and Canon systems.
    * Attendees must already possess an understanding of ISO, shutter speed, aperture (FStop), and the function buttons of their speedlights.

    Our Price: $199.00
  • Seeing in Black and White: A Monochrome Journey with Martin Bluhm

    Class Code: UUU281

    Instructor: 
    Martin Bluhm
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Black and white photography is the most classic form of expression. Instead of color, the focus is on shapes, patterns, contrast, lighting, and tonal range. There are several methods to make a good B&W photo.

    In this class, photographer Martin Bluhm will cover black and white film photography, methods to do digital black and white processing, and a short introduction to infrared photography. The provided examples will show how to see in monochrome, and which scenes are most suitable for black and white!

    Our Price: $30.00
  • Understanding Your Camera III: White Balance (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH105

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    IMPORTANT: 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.

    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
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  • Intro to Flash Photography

    Class Code: UUU207

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    In this class, Michael Downey will teach students how to manage additional lighting. The class will cover the pop-up flash built into DSLRs, as well as speedlites that go into the hot shoe.  You'll also learn how to use flash as the main, key, and fill light.  Flash compensation will also be discussed.

    Demonstrations include bouncing/reflecting flash, diffusing the light, and using flash for subject separation.

    If you want to register for this class at Hoboken, click here.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Photographing Ireland, The Emerald Isle

    Class Code: UUU455

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey from June 4th - 11th 2017 as he travels to Ireland on a photography and customized hopper tour!  A private driver will take the group to some of the most exciting areas of Ireland to explore, photograph, and experience.  Michael will be along every moment to make sure everyone gets the best shots!

    Included: 3-star hotel accommodations each night, full Irish breakfasts each morning, luxury coach with private driver for transport to each location, discount at certain gift stores.

    Please note that airfare is NOT included with registration.  Our partners at Tenon Tours will help with suggested flights if needed.

    If you'd like to register in full or put down a $750 deposit, please call Manisha at Tenon Tours at 781-435-6802 x127. Pricing is subject to change after certain dates. Seating is limited to 14 participants.  Don't delay in reserving your seat!

    1 for $3,160.00 2+ for $2,600.00
  • Unique Photo 70th Anniversary NJ Photo Walk

    Class Code: UUU065

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    2017 marks the 70th anniversary of Unique Photo, one of NJ’s oldest & largest camera stores. Thank you for helping us build such a wonderful community full of photography professionals and enthusiasts! Our 70th anniversary NJ Photo Walk event at Liberty State Park is a great opportunity for photographers of all skill levels and ages to gather, photograph, explore, make friends, and share pictures while supporting a good cause.

    We will have some bus transport from Unique (Fairfield) to LSP. Space is very limited and will be reserved on a first come, first serve basis. To reserve a seat, please contact us at university@uniquephoto.com with your order # once your registration is completed. If your plans change and you no longer need a seat, please send a follow-up email so that we can give someone else your seat. Buses will leave promptly at 5:00pm, so please do not be late!


    Please note that there will be NO REFUNDS.
    $5 of every $10 registration will be donated to the
    Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research.


    BE PART OF A WORLD RECORD BREAKING EVENT
    Help us break the world record for largest single photo walk event. Tell your friends and help get as many people involved as possible!
    Our Price: $10.00
  • 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 incredibly clear night sky, best landscapes, and wildlife in the right light, at the right time. From the Skeleton Coast to the Salt Pans, Fish River Canyon to the villages of the Himba, and the massive dunes of Sossusvlei to remarkable Etosha National Park, Namibia is unlike any place on the planet and 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.

    Group is limited to 12 participants.  Don't delay in reserving your seat!

    1 for $8,445.00 2+ for $7,995.00
  • 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 26th (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 6:00am.
    You may leave the Balloon Festival at any time on the day that you choose.

    * Credentials will be given out at the seminar on Wed, July 26th. Please make sure to attend or you will NOT be able to get into the festival.  If you cannot attend the seminar, please email university@uniquephoto.com to arrange another time for pick-up.
    Please 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 25th (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 either 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.

    * Credentials and VIP parking passes will be given out at the seminar on Tue, July 25th. Please make sure to attend or you will NOT be able to get into the festival.  If you cannot attend the seminar, please email university@uniquephoto.com to arrange another time for pick-up.
    Please 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
  • 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).

    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 13 participants.  Don't delay in reserving your seat!

    Save $500 when you sign up for this excursion by April 15th!  Please call Alex at 212-441-0024 or email university@uniquephoto.com to take advantage of this Early Bird Special price.

    1 for $5,980.00 2+ for $5,295.00
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  • 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 October 13th - 20th, 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.

    Pricing is subject to change after certain dates.  Please refer to the "REGISTRATION RATES & INFO" section of the description below for details.

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