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  • 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.


    5/26/16 Meeting Sponsored By



    Featured Speaker: Katrin Eismann
    Imaging Anywhere

    Our Price: $20.00
  • 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.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Discovering Milky Way Photography with Jim DeLillo

    Class Code: UUU511

    Instructor: 
    Jim DeLillo
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Billions of stars, intense color, night landscapes...
    Did you ever wonder how those beautiful Milky Way photos are produced?  Well, wonder no longer!  Join accomplished Astrophotography and Travel and Adventure photographer Jim DeLillo for an exciting class and a hands-on workshop in photographing the natural wonder of the nighttime sky. Learn how to find the Milky Way, what lens and settings to use, and how-to post-process the images for best results!

    Seminar: Unique Photo
    Thursday, June 2nd:
    • 6:00pm - 8:00pm

    Excursion: Indian Lake, Adirondacks, NY
    Saturday, June 4th:
    • 9:00pm: Depart from Unique

    Sunday, June 5th:

    • 9:00am: Return at Unique

    WHAT YOU SHOULD ALREADY KNOW: Please have an understanding of ISO, shutter speed, aperture (FStop), and function buttons of your DSLR camera.  Please be able to access these functions in your camera in the dark.

    IMPORTANT NOTES:
    * Only 10 spots are available.  Register early!
    * You MUST be 16 years or older to attend.
    * Transportation is provided from and back to Unique Photo.
    * You will be shooting all night, though you may choose to sleep on the bus.
    * The setting is dark and wooded.  Dress appropriately, as if going for a hike.
    * We'll be a short distance from the road and no extensive hiking is required.

    Our Price: $690.00
  • Off Camera Flash Basics in Hoboken with Mike Zawadzki

    Class Code: UUUH200

    Instructor: 
    Mike Zawadzki
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    Off-Camera Flash Basics is a crash course on using speedlights and battery powered monolights. Students will learn the concepts of off camera lighting. Basic to Intermediate knowledge of camera and flash operation is required to get the most out of this class. Those who feel unsure should consider taking any of our beginner level classes, a flash class, or a Personal One-on-One lesson in advance. This workshop is taught by professional photographer, and Unique Photo Instructor: Mike Zawadzki

    Duration: 3 Hours
    Requirements: Camera, Speedlight. Basic knowledge of TTL/Manual Flash function. Intermediate experience shooting in "Manual" mode on a DSLR
    Suggested: Lightstand, Trigger Set, Umbrella/Grid/Softbox 

    (Gear will be demoed live in class, but it is nice to have your own specific gear explained 1 on 1.)

    Our Price: $129.00
  • Moto Photo NY Lakes Tour with Rick Gerrity and Marjorie Kleiman (Panasonic)

    Class Code: UUU506

    Instructor: 
    Rick Gerrity
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Be one of the first to join Lumix Luminary Rick Gerrity and Thunder Press Editor Marjorie Kleiman on the inaugural Moto Photo New York Lakes Tour!  With our small group, you’ll ride your motorcycles to the picturesque Finger Lakes region of upstate New York, as well as the shores of lovely Lake Ontario. While touring this magnificent area, you’ll see waterfalls, state parks, lakes, lighthouses, museums, and much, much more!

    Registration is limited to ensure plenty of one-on-one time with Rick, who will help you get the most out of your camera in a variety of settings.
    - Registrants are responsible for transportation, meals, and any museum and park fees.
    - Panasonic loaner gear will be provided for registrants to try.
    - For three nights, registrants will enjoy the deluxe accommodations and amenities at the Bed N Biker vacation home, across the road from Harv’s Harley-Davidson.

    Sign up quickly to reserve your space!


    Sponsored by

    2+ for $374.50 1 for $499.00
  • 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
  • Macro and More at Donaldson Farms with Rick Gerrity

    Class Code: UUU475

    Instructor: 
    Rick Gerrity
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Rick Gerrity for a fun-packed day of macro photography and more at Donaldson Farms!

    We'll begin with the strawberries (while they're in peak season!) and then walk over to the apple groves.  There is a fair amount of walking involved, but we'll also have a wagon to take us across the farm to visit the greenhouse area, silos, and farm fields for a wide variety of shots.

    Attendees will also have a chance to stop by the farm's market to purchase homemade soups, baked goods, and more!

    Our Price: $39.00
  • Photography Basics Bootcamp with Mike Zawadzki (Hoboken Photowalk)

    Class Code: UUUH101

    Instructor: 
    Mike Zawadzki
    Skill Level: 
    Beginner

    Photo Basics Bootcamp in Hoboken is a fun hands-on 6 hour instructional class and historical photowalk for new photographers, who may not even consider themselves to be photographers yet. The class will cover the core aspects of photography from camera to print in a fun laidback environment. This workshop is taught by professional photographer, and Unique Photo Instructor: Mike Zawadzki

    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
  • 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
  • Sunset and Moonrise Over the Manhattan Skyline

    Class Code: UUU423

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Head Instructor Michael Downey in this opportunity to learn how to capture stunning images of the sunset and moonrise as they overlook the Manhattan Skyline from Port Imperial in Weehawken, NJ!

    Michael will begin the night with a class on sunset and night photography before everyone sets up along the waterfront.  The sun will set and the moon will rise around 8:15pm.  The moon will be 94.9% (waxing gibbous) since the complete full moon happens at 7:02am on Monday, June 20th.

    Be sure to bring your tripod, remote shutter release, and comfortable shoes.  Bring a telephoto lens if you want to capture some isolated shots of the moon!
    This excursion is VERY limited and sells out quickly, so register early!

    Our Price: $49.00
  • EXPO 3-Day Show Pass: June 24th, 25th, and 26th

    Class Code: UUU700

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Register for the EXPO 3-Day Show Pass (June 24th, 25th, 26th) at the Unique Photo® Superstore (123 US Hwy 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004)!

    EXPO SHOW FLOOR HOURS
    FRIDAY, JUNE 24TH: 10AM - 6PM
    SATURDAY, JUNE 25TH: 10AM - 6PM
    SUNDAY, JUNE 26TH: 10AM - 5PM

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


    Please note that separate registration is required for any EXPO classes.  Please check back for the EXPO class schedule.

    • 06/25/16 Sat, 10:00AM - 6:00PM 06/26/16 Sun, 10:00AM - 5:00PM

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  • Intro to Macro Photography

    Class Code: UUU208

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    Join Michael Downey as he discusses the distinction for close-up, macro, and micro photography.

    First, the necessary tools and accessories will be reviewed.  Next, camera settings and lens settings will be covered in great detail.  The proper technique for macro photography will be demonstrated and finally, potential subject matter is discussed.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Photographing Butterflies at DeKorte Park with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU442

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey at the Meadowlands and photograph the butterflies that inhabit the area! Michael will teach a brief photography seminar before an expert teaches you about the different butterflies at DeKorte Park and the many ways these winged marvels benefit the environment. You'll then be lead out to start photographing with the help of Michael and our expert. Butterflies commonly seen in DeKorte Park at this time of year include Black Swallowtails, Eastern Tiger Swallowtails, and Pearl Crescents.

    * Please meet at the Meadowlands Environment Center.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Festival of Ballooning Workshop with Behind the Scenes Press Pass

    Class Code: UUU347

    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!

    General Registration includes:
    - Instructional seminar on Wednesday, July 27th (6:00pm - 8:00pm).
    - (1) Balloon Festival admission ticket for Friday (6:30pm Launch), Saturday (6:30am Launch), or Sunday (6:30am Launch)
    - (1) Special "Behind the Scenes" field access press pass for the selected day's launch.

    You may arrive and leave the Balloon Festival at any time on the day that you choose.  Please be sure to get to the Launch Area about 45 minutes before the launch time.
    Parking is not included.  Michael Downey will be at the launch areas during the launch times.

    Credentials will be given out at the seminar on Wednesday, July 27th.  You will NOT be able to get into the festival otherwise.  If you cannot attend the seminar, please email university@uniquephoto.com to arrange another time for pick-up.

    Our Price: $99.00
  • VIP Festival of Ballooning Workshop with Balloon Ride and Press Pass

    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 26th (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 5:30am for check-in at 5:45am.  You may leave the Balloon Festival at any time after the balloon ride.

    Credentials will be given out at the seminar on Tuesday, July 26th.  You will NOT be able to get into the festival otherwise.  If you cannot attend the seminar, please email university@uniquephoto.com to arrange another time for pick-up.

    Our Price: $299.00
  • Morocco: A Visual Feast 11-Day Photo Journey with David Wells

    Class Code: UUU451

    Instructor: 
    David Wells
    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. We will also have a Unique Photo® Representative present, as well as a top English-speaking Moroccan guide for all of our excursions and the desert expedition.

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

    1 for $6,480.00 2+ for $5,795.00
  • Northern Lights 7-Day Photo Adventure in Tromso, Norway

    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.

    For 7 days and 6 nights (October 27th - November 4th), 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 JFK via Norwegian Air, hotel, breakfasts, and luxury coach on four 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 $4,400.00 1 for $4,900.00
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