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  • 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!

    2+ for $7,995.00 1 for $8,445.00
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  • Sony a9 Launch Event with Sony Artisan Brian Smith

    Class Code: UUU193

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Experience a NEW level of imaging experience with the Sony a9 Full-Frame Mirrorless Digital Camera! The world’s first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor with 24.2MP resolution. Never miss the action without blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 fps and silent, vibration-free shooting at speeds up to 1/32,000 sec.

    Join Sony Artisan Brian Smith and try out the Sony a9 on the ultimate subject - professional freeride and mountain bike rider Jeff Lenosky! After Brian's presentation and demo, we'll move outdoors for the live shooting session. Be sure to bring your SD cards so you can shoot with the a9 and take your images home! Our Sony Rep will also be around to answer your questions.


    Sponsored by

    Our Price: $10.00
  • 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.


    6/29/17 Meeting:
    Featured Speaker: Jeff Shaffer
    Time Lapse Photography

    Our Price: $20.00
  • Understanding Your Camera I: The Basics

    Class Code: UUU103

    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
  • 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
  • The Great Solar Eclipse of 2017 Seminar with Dr. William Gutsch

    Class Code: UUU294

    Instructor: 
    Dr. William Gutsch
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    For the first time in a century, a total eclipse of the sun will span the entire US on August 21st, producing one of the most awesome phenomena in nature. In this illustrated talk, astronomer and photographer Dr. William Gutsch will explain what causes an eclipse, where to travel for the best vantage points, and how to safely view and photograph both the partial and total phases of the eclipse!
     


    Approximately the way the sun will appear
    at maximum eclipse in northern New Jersey.

    Our Price: $20.00
  • Intensive Hands-on Lighting with Carlos Alvarado (Hensel)

    Class Code: UUU277

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Carlos' workshops are intended to give you the confidence you need to best utilize your photo gear and work with your subjects. In this workshop, you'll first learn studio lighting by working with HARD LIGHT, SOFT LIGHT, HIGH-KEY LIGHT to achieve simple portraits, dramatic portraits, and beauty portraits.

    The second part of the workshop will take place outdoors (weather permitting). Carlos will teach you how to use flash to achieve several looks while also using different modifiers, diffusers, and reflectors. If time permits, he'll also go over post-production using Lightroom and Photoshop. You will also learn how to guide your subject with confidence and get the shots you want!


    Sponsored by

    Our Price: $250.00
  • 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
  • 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
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  • 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
  • 2 Rivers, 5 Bridges Photography Cruise

    Class Code: UUU104

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    The 2 Rivers, 5 Bridges Photography Cruise is back again! Don't miss out on this exciting photography experience with Michael Downey!

    SEMINAR: Friday, July 21st (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
    Michael Downey will explain how to capture mesmerizing scenery and you'll be able to put these skills to use the next evening, capturing our area's most stunning bridges and historical landmarks.

    CRUISE: Saturday, July 22nd (3:30pm - 9:00pm)
    Everyone will meet up at Port Imperial (4800 Ave at Port Imperial, Weehawken, NJ 07086) promptly at 3:30pm. Once aboard, you'll enjoy drinks while sailing through the Hudson and East rivers, stopping at various locations where you can capture amazing photographs of the the G.W. Bridge, Brooklyn Bridge, Verrazano Bridge, Manhattan Bridge, Williamsburg Bridge, Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, and the USS Intrepid. Models will also be on-board to offer additional photo opportunities!

    NYC SKYLINE: There will be break for dinner and a journey over to Hoboken, where you'll be able to take pictures of the entire NYC Skyline during the legendary "Golden Hour" and majestic "Blue Hour".


     

    Each registrant will receive a $25 Unique Photo Gift Card!

    1 for $199.00 2+ for $174.50
  • 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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  • 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
  • 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
  • A Day at the Eastern State Penitentiary

    Class Code: UUU312

    Instructor: 
    Rick Gerrity
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Set in the moody and creepy atmosphere of the vacant Eastern State Penitentiary, this course includes a seminar and excursion with Rick Gerrity that will provide both technical and artistic insight into capturing the moods and essence of this unique location!

    SEMINAR: Thursday, August 24th (6:30pm - 7:30pm)
    This session at Unique Photo is geared to familiarize you with the lighting and exposure necessary to successfully capture some great images within Eastern State Penitentiary. We will discuss bracketing and using HDR photography in camera and post-processing. Rick will also go over the equipment required, proper attire, and the best locations to capture in each cell block. 

    EXCURSION: Friday, August 25th (7:00am - 6:00pm)
    The bus will leave promptly from Unique at 7:00am and we will arrive at ESP at approximately 9:00am. At 9:30am, the group will be led on an hour long history tour by one of ESP's guides. Once the tour is over, we will begin taking photos. You are free to stay with the group or roam through all of the authorized locations on your own. Either way, Rick will be available to assist you for the duration of the day!

    Bus transportation is included from and back to Unique.
    Please bring a lunch or snack and extra water.
    Limited to 30 seats, so register early!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • 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 June 20th!  Please call Alex at 212-441-0024 or email university@uniquephoto.com to take advantage of this Early Bird Special price.

    2+ for $5,295.00 1 for $5,980.00
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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.

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