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  • The Museum of Natural History with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU444

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey at American Museum of Natural History! Michael will start with a brief photo class, covering low light photography and photographing in museums. Tripods or flash photography are not allowed inside, but you'll be able to capture wonderful pictures regardless!

    Exhibits include:
    The Hall of Biodiversity presents a vivid portrait of the beauty and abundance of life on Earth, highlighting both biodiversity and the factors that threaten it.
    The Milstein Family Hall of Ocean Life highlights the drama of the undersea world and its diverse and complex web of life in a fully immersive marine environment. The hall is home to one of the Museum’s most celebrated displays — a 94', 21,000 lb. model of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling.
    - Paleontologists think a giant herbivore that belongs to a group known as Titanosaurs weighed in at around 70 tons.
    - At the heart of the Rose Center for Earth and Space is an 87' diameter sphere that appears to float inside a glass cube. Its upper half constitutes the Hayden Planetarium.

    * Registration includes: admission to the museum, Michael's photographic support at the museum, and the show at The Hayden Planetarium.
    * No tripods or flash photography allowed.

    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
  • 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
  • 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.


    1/26/17 Meeting:
    Featured Speaker: Joe Brady
    Adding Impact to Landscape & Travel Photography:
    Understanding the Thought Process & Tools
    to Get the Most Out of Your Images

    Our Price: $20.00
  • 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 as early as January 27th 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.

    * Flights will begin around January 27th and occur on following Fridays and Saturdays until sometime in the Spring.
    * 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
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  • *FREE RSVP* Panasonic Lumix GH5 Touch and Try Event

    Class Code: UUU050

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join us at Unique Photo and be the first to get your hands on the new Panasonic Lumix GH5! Our Panasonic Tech Reps will be present all afternoon to demo the camera and answer your questions.

  • Metropolitan Museum of Art Photo Excursion with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU403

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    With the persistent cold weather, it's a perfect time to photograph indoors.  Join Head Instructor Michael Downey on a photo excursion through the exhibits of the Metropolitan Museum of Art!

    * Please note that tripods and flashes will not be allowed.
    * Registrations includes class, museum admission, and assistance until 2:00pm.
    * You are free to stay until closing if you'd like.

    Our Price: $59.00
  • Getting Started and Organized with Lightroom

    Class Code: UUU238

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Lightroom is a wonderful place to get your image library under control as well as the place to perform the basic edits that most every image needs. However - before you get too deep, it’s important to have an organized way of downloading, storing, and backing-up your images in place or frustration and hair-pulling will ensue!

    Join Sony Artisan Joe Brady and learn the thought process and workflow to ensure that you will always be able to find your images and know that your precious photographs are also safely stored in another place.  While in Lightroom, we’ll also explore collections, ratings, virtual copies and a process for choosing which images to keep and which ones to discard. Stop wasting time looking for and organizing images and get your images under control!

    Please note that class does NOT take place in the digital lab. You may bring your own laptops with Lightroom installed if you'd like, but it is not necessary.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Painting with Fire with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU113

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey as he leads a brief seminar on night photography incorporating burning light. He will share techniques, photo equipment requirements, and materials used for achieving images like the ones below. Afterwards, you'll have the opportunity to create similar images safely outdoors on the Unique Photo property. 

    There will be three different staging areas that each participant will rotate through. This way, everyone will have an opportunity to photograph several different designs from different positions.  You will leave that evening with a body of work illustrating just how amazing photographing fire can look. 

    Equipment Required: Camera, fully charged battery, media card, remote shutter release, and tripod.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • *FREE RSVP* Hoboken Trade In Event

    Class Code: UUU060

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join us at our Hoboken store (79 Hudson St, Suite: LL100, Hoboken, NJ) on Saturday, February 4th (10:00am - 5:00pm)!

    You'll get 15% BONUS trade-in value as a check or store credit when you trade in your old cameras and photo gear to us in Hoboken!

    * Equipment must be in working condition.
    * Some restrictions may apply.

    Our Price: $10.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • 9/11 Memorial and One World Observatory with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU445

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Begin the day's photo excursion with a meet-up with Michael Downey at the Oculus. Its amazing architecture can be captured both as abstract and street photography.  The 9/11 Memorial and Museum will be the next stop, followed by the 100th floor of the One World Observatory.

    * Registration includes: admission to each venue and Michael's instruction/assistance.
    * Space is very limited. Please register early!

    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
  • 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
  • Ice Sculpture Extravaganza at Skylands Stadium

    Class Code: UUU441

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    "Frozen in Ice: Carnival" is presented by Skylands Ice World and held at the Skylands Stadium Event Center. This indoor/outdoor ice extravaganza event will feature more than 100 tons of ice transformed into breathtaking displays by the amazing ice artists at Sculpted Ice Works. Frozen Carnival in Ice will thrill both adults and children, and will offer lots of great photo and selfie opportunities!

    * Free parking at the event.

    Our Price: $39.00
  • Editing and Enhancing Landscape and Nature Photography with Lightroom

    Class Code: UUU236

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Oftentimes the best digital capture doesn’t look that great on the back of your camera. Why is this? Protecting the highlights in a high contrast scene makes the midtones and shadows appear murky and flat.

    Getting the best capture possible is a great place to start, but you need to know how to shape light, contrast and color to bring out the full beauty of your images. In this course, Sony Artisan Joe Brady will explain how to use all of the tools in the Lightroom Develop Module to turn good images into great ones!

    Please note that class does NOT take place in the digital lab.  You may bring your own laptops with Lightroom installed if you'd like, but it is not necessary.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Editing and Enhancing Landscape and Nature Photography with Photoshop

    Class Code: UUU237

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    While Lightroom is a great tool for performing basic edits to your images, the power of Photoshop allows more precise control, more accurate selections, and the ability to use layers, masks, and blending modes to enhance images far beyond.

    Come see where Lightroom leaves off and learn how Photoshop can take your images to the next level with Sony Artisan Joe Brady! Photoshop’s pixel based editing gives you the ultimate in control to shape your photographs the absolute best they can be.

    Please note that class does NOT take place in the digital lab.  You may bring your own laptops with Photoshop installed if you'd like, but it is not necessary.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • 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
  • 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:
    Friday, March 3rd (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
    Unique Photo (Fairfield, NJ)

    Excursion:
    Saturday, March 4th (6:00am - 1:30pm)
    Lakota Wolf Preserve
    89 Mt. Pleasant Road
    Columbia, NJ 07832

    Post-excursion Review Seminar:
    Thursday, March 9th (6:00pm - 8:00pm)
    Unique Photo (Fairfield, NJ)

    * Only 30 spots are available, so reserve your spot early!
    * You MUST be 16 years or older to attend the excursion.
    * Tamron Loaner Lenses will be available for use during the excursion!
    * The bus will leave from Unique at 6:00am and return at approximately 1:30pm.
    * Excursion is rain or shine.  In case of severely inclement weather, you will be notified ASAP.

    Our Price: $250.00
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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 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 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
  • 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!


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    Our Price: $199.00
  • 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 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.

    Pricing is subject to change after January 20, 2017. Please refer to the "REGISTRATION RATES" section of the description below for details. Group is limited to 12 participants.  Don't delay in reserving your seat!

    SAVE $500 WHEN YOU SIGN UP FOR THIS TRIP BY JANUARY 20th! 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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