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  • 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.

    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
  • 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.


    2/22/18 Meeting:
    Featured Speaker: Tony Morella
    Print Like the Masters: Top Ten Tips

    Our Price: $20.00
  • Getting Started with Studio Lighting with Joe Brady

    Class Code: UUU241

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Portable speed light flash units are great tools, but when you need to shoot fast and take a lot of shots or when you want to use big light shapers for the soft, flattering, beautiful light they produce, then it’s time to move to studio strobes. Join host Joe Brady as he takes you from the basics of studio lighting through one, two, three and four light portrait sets so you can see how to build the most beautiful light for your subjects. Understanding how to create shape and dimension with light is what separates “OK” portraits from great results! This small group workshop includes both classroom and hands-on shooting with a model using your own camera.

    Joe will cover:
    • Introduction to the gear of Studio Strobes
    • Choosing and using light shapers
    • When and how to use a light meter
    • Creating light ratios
    • Posing individuals, couples and small groups

    *Limited to 10 students. Register early!

    Our Price: $195.00
  • *FREE RSVP* Stalking and Shooting the Northern Lights with Dr. Bill Gutsch

    Class Code: UUU433

    Instructor: 
    Dr. William Gutsch
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Few phenomena in nature are as beautiful, intriguing and mesmerizing as the Northern Lights. In this workshop, astronomer and photographer Dr. William Gutsch will show and explain how explosive eruptions on the sun and holes in the sun’s atmosphere can lead to dazzling displays of the Northern and Southern Lights on earth.

    He will also give tips on when and where to travel to see the aurora, as well as suggestions for choosing the right equipment to take the best still and time lapse images. Pictures from his recent trip to shoot the Northern Lights in the Arctic will be shown.

    In addition, Dr. Gutsch will also speak about an upcoming photo opportunity of a lifetime: a Northern Lights Photo Adventure in Tromso, "The Aurora Capital of the World"!  Click here for more information about the adventure.

  • Intro to Flash Photography (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH207

    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.

    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
  • 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
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU448

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    From the designs of Charles Eames and Patricia Urquiola to 1960s Pop Art psychedelia, the art of the Philadelphia Museum of Art can provide great inspiration to your vision and help improve your photography. Join Michael Downey through the exhibits here, as well as the ones within the Rodin Museum and the Perelman Building.

    *Limited to 15 registrants.
    *Meet Michael at the Lenfest Hall inside the West Entrance of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
    *Includes: Museum admissions and 30-minute class on low light photography and shooting in museums.

    *Michael will provide photographic support until 3:00pm. You are welcome to stay until closing if you'd like.
    *No flash photography or tripods allowed.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • 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
  • Mastering Adobe Lightroom with Joe Brady

    Class Code: UUU227

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Adobe Lightroom is an important software to master as it is both easy to use and powerful in its editing and organization capabilities. It's equally important to make sure that your images are organized in a way that makes adding new images easy and allows you to quickly find any image in your library of photographs. This four-part series takes you from the beginning. Starting with getting organized, you will learn about each of Lightroom's Modules and have an introduction to the tools available. Each successive class will take you from basic to intermediate to advanced edits of both Landscape and Portrait images and will end with getting your images printed from both your own desktop printer and from a photo lab. Once you master Lightroom, you are sure to find it your go-to place for many of your complete photo edits. 

    Includes 4 Wednesday evening classes:
    · Class One: March 7th (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
    · Class Two: March 14th (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
    · Class Three: March 21st (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
    · Class Four: April 4th (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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  • 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
  • Olympus Clean and Check

    Class Code: UUU044

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    RSVP for FREE and get your Olympus cameras and lenses cleaned and checked by official Olympus Technicians!

    Clean & Check Service may include:
    · Auto Focus Accuracy Check
    · Firmware Upgrade
    · Exterior Cleaning
    · Function Check
    · Image Stabilizer Check
    · Sensor & Optical Check

    *Olympus Techs will be at our Fairfield location from 10:00am - 5:30pm.
    *Items will be taken in on a first come, first serve basis.
    *This service is only valid for Olympus cameras and lenses.
    *Please be aware that it could potentially take a few hours for service to be completed.

  • 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 14 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
  • 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
  • Photographing Sicily, an Island of Light

    Class Code: UUU457

    Instructor: 
    David Wells
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Unique Photo and Open Sky Expeditions in Sicily, an island of light, on a meticulously crafted itinerary during Holy Week, at the emergence of the spring bloom! Early spring on Italy’s largest island is a time of great vitality. Winter has receded: the almond trees blossom, the scent of orange blossoms fill the air, and fields are alive with pink and purple clover, yellow mustard, blue flax, and bright red patches of poppies. Sicily has woken. The energy is palpable: in the fields, in the cities, and in the incredible warmth of the locals. Tiny plums, cherries, and paschal lambs appear in the display cases of pasticcerias. And in the old quarters of the island’s medieval cities, a week of processions and reenactments culminates in the bright festivities and folk dramas of Good Friday & an Easter Sunday inflected with ancient traditions. Experience the light and warmth of this cultural melting pot of an island on a trip especially designed for the photographer’s eye.

    Included: Comprehensive pre-departure information, accommodations in carefully-selected four star and boutique hotels, meals as indicated in the itinerary, special access to Holy Week events and traditions, 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 $7,075.00 2+ for $6,485.00
  • 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 14 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
  • Photographing Washington D.C. Monuments at Night with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU408

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Bring the whole family and explore Washington DC and the Cherry Blossom Festival during the day, and then photograph the monuments with Michael Downey at night!

    *Meet at The Marriott Residence Inn (1651 Oak St, Arlington, VA) at 5:00pm.
    *Included: Night photography seminar and limo transportation to each attraction on the itinerary during the "DC The Lights!" tour.
    *NOT included: Lodging, food, and transportation to/back from Washington DC.
    *Please bring a tripod and remote shutter release.
    *Details will be sent by Michael via email a day or two prior to the workshop.

    Our Price: $269.00
  • 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
  • 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 16th (6:30pm - 8:00pm)
    · Class Four: May 23rd (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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  • 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
  • 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!

    SAVE $500 when you sign up for this trip by January 31st! Please call Temu at 212-441-0024 or email university@uniquephoto.com to take advantage of this Early Bird Special price.

    2+ for $7,495.00 1 for $7,945.00
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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 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.

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