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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
  • 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.


    2/23/17 Meeting:
    Featured Speaker: Aaron Pepis
    An Artistic & Thoughtful Evaluation of Members' Images

    Our Price: $20.00
  • Full Day Road Trip with Lumix Luminary Rick Gerrity

    Class Code: UUU507

    Instructor: 
    Rick Gerrity
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Lumix Luminary Rick Gerrity for a Full Day Road Trip sponsored by Panasonic/Lumix. This workshop includes transportation for the day. We will cover people, landscape, and wildlife photography. During the brief travel time between locations, Rick will go over how to photograph each location to get the best photographs!

    This trip is open to only 3 photographers, allowing far more time for sharing ideas and tips than a larger group!

    Road Trip Itinerary:
    - 1800's working farm.
    - Lobster docks and Lunch
    - Seaside Boardwalk
    - Over sand adventure on Island Beach State Park

    Meet up at Unique Photo at 8:30am sharp and we'll hit the road.
    Some snacks and drinks will be provided on the trip.


    Sponsored by


     

    Our Price: $150.00
  • Location Lighting 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.

    If you attend Rick's class, you can plan on leaving feeling empowered to capture great images no matter what lighting situation you come up against!  This workshop begins with creating interesting light with one speedlight, progresses through using multiple speedlights with different light modifiers, and ends with mixing both speedlights and natural light.

    * Please bring your camera, lenses, on-camera flashes, notebook, pen, and a lunch or snack.
    * Rick will instruct using both Nikon and Canon systems.

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

    Our Price: $149.00
  • *FREE RSVP* Film Lovers Social Event (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUU061

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    LOVE FILM? Meet up with fellow film enthusiasts at the Film Lovers Social Event at our Hoboken location! This event takes place on Friday, February 25th and offers the perfect opportunity to discuss film photography with like-minded enthusiasts, as well as share your knowledge and expertise while showing off your own film work in a public gallery of submitted prints.

    SUBMIT YOUR WORK TO BE DISPLAYED! We encourage attendees to submit up to two digital scans of their film work to our photo lab in advance of the event. Your work will be featured in a slideshow-based gallery in the classroom during the week of the event. You may submit up to two of your digital scans to contests@uniquephoto.com.

    SAVE ON FILM SUPPLIES AT THE EVENT! Get 25% off on 35mm & 120mm film, Instax mini & wide instant film, and Ilford photo paper, as well as a selection of used film cameras from our trade-in department.

    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!

  • *FREE RSVP* Photographing Namibia Seminar

    Class Code: UUU453

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    If you're interested in the Photographing Namibia with Michael Downey excursion coming up in June, you won't want to miss this free seminar with Michael and Tour Leader Temu Nana!

    Temu will begin by going over the details of the itinerary, offering his own photos and insight into what can be captured each day at each location. Highlights include the landscapes, wildlife, and people. Temu will also discuss the special access the group will be granted, allowing us a chance to take advantage of the extraordinary photographic opportunities Namibia has to offer. Michael will then discuss some photographic techniques, tips, and gear that can be helpful during the excursion.

    After the presentation, there will be time for a Q&A session so that Temu and Michael can field your questions!

  • 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
  • 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
  • Lakota Wolf Preserve Workshop with Tamron

    Class Code: UUU516

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Photo opportunities of a lifetime can be yours! Join Unique Photo and Tamron for a unique experience watching and photographing packs of Tundra, Timber, and Arctic wolves at the Lakota Wolf Preserve!  Attendees will have numerous opportunities to get unobstructed photos of the wolves in a natural setting through the "portal openings" in the fencing that surrounds the preserve. This setting provides a stress-free environment and allows attendees to get the best possible shots. The preserve is also home to a few bobcats and foxes!

    Seminar (for all participants):
    Friday, March 3rd (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
    Unique Photo (Fairfield, NJ)

    Excursion Options:
    Sat, March 4th (6:00am - 1:30pm) SOLD OUT!
    *OR* Friday, March 10th (1:00pm - 7:00pm)

    Lakota Wolf Preserve
    89 Mt. Pleasant Road
    Columbia, NJ 07832

    Review Seminar (for all participants):
    Thursday, March 9th (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
    Unique Photo (Fairfield, NJ)

    * Only 30 spots are available per excursion, so reserve your spot early!
    * You MUST be 16 years or older to attend the excursion.
    * There will be a wine tasting at a nearby winery after the excursion.  You MUST be 21 years or older to participate.
    * Tamron Loaner Lenses will be available for use during the excursion!
    * Excursions are rain or shine.  In case of severely inclement weather, you will be notified ASAP by email and phone.

    Our Price: $250.00
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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.

    FEBRUARY 9TH classes are cancelled due to the inclement weather.

    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
  • Intro to Lightroom Intensive with Blake Taylor (5 Weeks)

    Class Code: UUU333

    Instructor: 
    Blake Taylor
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Adobe Certified Instructor Blake Taylor for this intensive 5 week, hands-on class that will introduce you to the latest version of Adobe Lightroom CC 2016! Even if this is the very first time you’ve ever worked in Lightroom, the class will start with the very basics and move through each module for organization and editing/enhancing your photographs. You will also spend lots of time experimenting on your own with your personal photos. By the end of the 5 weeks, you will have lots of information so that you can better teach yourself how to make your photos look their best and keep them organized!

    Registration Includes 5 Saturday Sessions:
    March 11th 2017 (11:00am - 1:00pm)
    March 18th 2017 (11:00am - 1:00pm)
    March 25th 2017 (11:00am - 1:00pm)
    April 1st 2017 (11:00am - 1:00pm)
    April 8th 2017 (11:00am - 1:00pm)

    WHAT TO BRING: 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.

    * Seating is limited to 12 students.
    * Our digital lab has 12 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: $399.00
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  • 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 Liberty State Park in Jersey City!

    Michael will begin the night with a class on sunset and night photography before everyone sets up along the waterfront.  The sun sets at 7:00pm and the moon will rise at about 7:15pm.  The moon will be 99.9% (waning gibbous) since the complete full moon happens at 7:19am.

    * 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!
    * Meet-up will be at the Flag Plaza.
    *
    This excursion is VERY limited and sells out quickly, so register early!

    Our Price: $49.00
  • 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
  • Macro Boot Camp with Mike Moats and Tamron

    Class Code: UUU383

    Instructor: 
    Mike Moats
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    The MACRO BOOT CAMP is two days of in-depth learning and fun with Mike Moats! You will need a camera, macro lens, and tripod, as you will be shooting in the classroom on the first day. On the second day, you'll learn post-processing. This workshop is for the beginner - intermediate photographer wanting to learn more about the macro/close-up world!

    Cameras / Lenses / Tripods / Heads / Accessories: Controlling light with diffusers, reflectors, and LED lights / working with natural lighting. 

    Depth of Field: How to control depth of field with f/stops and special techniques / focus stacking with Helicon Focus. 

    Composition: Learn how to compose properly, finding character in nature, elements of design, textures/contrast/lines/light/visual weight, learning to work camera angles for blurred backgrounds, two subject compositions, what not to do when composing.

    Finding Good Subject Matter: Learn when, where, and how to fine good subjects throughout the four seasons and how to shoot macro indoors. 

    Post Processing: Learn Mike's post processing techniques using photoshop, Smart Photo Editor, Nik Software, and Topaz software programs.

    Tamron will be providing free macro loaner lenses for use during the workshop, as well as their full line of regular lenses. Bonus mail-in rebates will also be available!


    Sponsored by


    Our Price: $199.00
  • 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
  • A Doors-Off Helicopter Experience Over NYC with AIP

    Class Code: UUU034

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Fly with Unique and Adventures in Photography over New York City in a chartered, three passenger helicopter! It's an experience you'll never forget!

    We'll begin with training and prep over some wine and cheese (not too much wine, of course). Safety, shooting techniques, camera settings, and stabilization will be discussed.  We'll also have some rental cameras and fast lenses that you can use in addition to your own gear.  You'll learn how to shoot with everything so that you'll be ready to get the very best shots in the air!

    You'll then board the helicopter for the experience of your life!  The flight will cover lower Manhattan, Midtown, and around the Statue of Liberty in approximately an hour. We've identified the best shooting locations around the city and have instructed our pilots where to fly and where to hover.

    We'll return to the hangar and have some more wine while we transfer the pictures from the rental camera(s) to your own memory cards. We'll also have some time to take a look at some of your shots (you'll probably take about 800) and discuss the best processing techniques.

    If you're interested in registering or have already registered, please note that your flight date/time is not yet determined!  It could be March 24th or a few weeks later.  You may only find out your scheduled flight date/time a few days prior.  It will depend on weather, other participants, and other factors.  Please email university@uniquephoto.com so that we can get you in touch with AIP's organizer.

    * Helicopter has enough room for a pilot, 3 photographers, and 6 cameras.
    * THE DOORS WILL BE OFF! You will be strapped in and have a headset to communicate with the pilot in case you want him to hover a bit longer.
    * AIP plans on offering afternoon and evening flights. The afternoon flight will lift off around 45 minutes before sunset. The evening flight will lift off near the end of blue hour. Your selected time may slide one way or another.

    Our Price: $450.00
  • *FREE RSVP* Neato Art Show

    Class Code: UUU036

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    The Neato Art Show is a pop-up showcase featuring talent of every genre and spectrum of creativity! From photographers and models to artists and handmade crafters, this event is free for attendees to see and network with local talent.  Artwork and items may also be available for sale.

    FREE RSVP today and keep checking back to see the updated list of talent for the upcoming showcase!

    Would you like to be part of the showcase?  If so, click here or scroll down for more information!

  • 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 during the day and then photograph the monuments with the group at night!

    * Registration includes: Night photography workshop, instruction and guidance by Michael Downey, and limo transportation to each attraction on the itinerary.
    * Please note that lodging, food, and transportation to/back from Washington DC are NOT included.
    * Recommended gear: tripod, remote shutter release.

    Our Price: $229.00
  • 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
  • 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!

    Sign up for these discounted prices before March 15th 2017!

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