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  • 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! 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:
    August 5th 2017 (11:00am - 1:00pm)
    August 12th 2017 (11:00am - 1:00pm)
    August 19th 2017 (11:00am - 1:00pm)
    August 26th 2017 (11:00am - 1:00pm)
    September 9th 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.
    *Please note that there is no class on Labor Day Weekend.
    *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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  • 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
  • How to Shoot with Off Camera Flash

    Class Code: UUU217

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    So you just picked up your first speed light or studio strobe, and you want to use it to get the best dynamic light. Learning how to harness the power of off camera flash is the most important part of any portrait, studio, or event photographers skills, and it can be a difficult lesson to grasp without practice.

    Join Unique University instructor Lucas in this hands-on, intimate workshop and see how you can take your flash photography to the next level. The first half of the class will cover the basics of off camera flash, such as how to use different types of modifiers and how to properly expose for flash. During the second half, you will use these skills to shoot different scenarios using speed lights and monolights.

    *This class is limited to 6 students.

    Our Price: $199.00
  • 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
  • *FREE RSVP* Shooting the Solar Eclipse Meetup at Unique

    Class Code: UUU296

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Looking for a convenient place to meetup with fellow photographers and shoot the eclipse when it spans the country on August 21st? Join us and Unique University instructor Lucas in our Fairfield store's parking lot!

    There will be a decent amount of space and Lucas will be around to offer photographic assistance. You can also walk into the store at any point if you still need viewing safety glasses or other photo gear.

    We'll now also be having a BBQ! Drinks, hamburgers, and hot dogs will be provided. So RSVP and stop by for some great food, fun, and company while viewing and shooting the eclipse!
     

  • 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 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!


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    Our Price: $149.00
  • *FREE RSVP* Gallery Exhibition: Namibia

    Class Code: UUU037

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    This past June, Unique Photo held a photography excursion to Namibia with Unique University Head Instructor Michael Downey. Join us in the Unique Gallery to see some of Michael's photos, as well as those from the excursion's attendees!

    If you're interested in visiting Namibia in the future, don't miss your chance to see the gallery and speak with Michael and others about their first-hand experiences!

    *This event is free to attend. Please RSVP.
    *Light food and drinks will be provided.
    *Images shown taken by Michael Downey.

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.


    8/31/17 Meeting:
    Featured Speaker: Nick Palmieri
    Photographing the Adirondacks

    Our Price: $20.00
  • Children's Sports Photography (Hoboken)

    Class Code: UUUH209

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    This class takes place at our HOBOKEN location. If you want to register for the class at Fairfield, click here.

    Learn how to effectively photograph children's sports with Michael Downey.  In this course, students will learn what to consider technically, as well as how to capture the emotion of the sporting events.

    The minimum equipment required and a detailed description of camera settings will be discussed.  Afterwards, shooting style will be practiced.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Children's Sports Photography

    Class Code: UUU209

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Intermediate

    Learn how to effectively photograph children's sports with Michael Downey.  In this course, students will learn what to consider technically, as well as how to capture the emotion of the sporting events.

    The minimum equipment required and a detailed description of camera settings will be discussed.  Afterwards, shooting style will be practiced.

    If you want to register for this class at Hoboken, click here.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • Mastering Environmental Fill Flash with Joe Brady

    Class Code: UUU240

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    The power of fill flash allows you to fill in shadows and add sparkle to your subjects eyes in practically any ambient light situation. Speedlights are nothing to be afraid of - no more pointing a flash at the clouds or trying to bounce off of a high ceiling to keep it from overpowering your subject.

    When you learn to control a small flash unit, it will become your favorite tool and will elevate the quality of your portrait photography. Join Sony Artisan Joe Brady at Unique and learn how you can master this essential tool and have great light available everywhere and anywhere you go!

    *Limited to 15 students. Register early!
    *Please note that a portion of the class will take place outside if weather permits.

    Our Price: $89.00
  • 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
  • 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 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: $149.00
  • Photography at The Diesel Truck Nationals

    Class Code: UUU439

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Monster trucks, jet cars, JET TRUCKS! All in action! Join Michael Downey at The Diesel Truck Nationals! Start by photographing the custom trucks on the sidelines, then learn how to photograph fast action with panning techniques. You'll then photograph demonstrations and races with diesel trucks, monster trucks, jet cars, and jet trucks.

    *The registration fee includes admission into the event.
    *Please note that no outside food is allowed.
    *It is also VERY LOUD, so please bring ear plugs.

    Our Price: $59.00
  • *FREE RSVP* Princeton, NJ Trade-In Event

    Class Code: UUU059

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    We want to buy your used cameras and lenses! On Sunday, September 17th, our professional consultants will be at the Hyatt Regency Princeton (102 Carnegie Center, Princeton, NJ 08540). Stop by if you're in the area and have your old camera gear evaluated! If you decide to trade-in, you'll receive a check or store credit on the spot.

    Please note that the items below are not applicable for trade-in. This list is not all-inclusive, but serves as a basic guideline.
    • Slide projectors and accessories
    • Darkroom equipment
    • Tripods
    • Video cameras (with the exception of current professional models)
    • Super 8/16mm cameras
    • Lighting equipment
    • Drones
    • GoPro cameras
    • Department store/third party brands
    • Point-and-shoot cameras (with some exceptions)
    • Plastic body film cameras

    *All equipment must be in fully working condition.
    *If you are unsure about something, or have any questions, please contact us ahead of time at trades@uniquephoto.com.

  • 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
  • Photography at the Wings and Wheels Expo

    Class Code: UUU446

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Michael Downey at this year's Wings & Wheels Expo to photograph vintage military aircrafts and cars at the Essex County Airport! Registration includes a photography seminar on-site to begin the day and Michael's photographic assistance until 12:00pm. The Expo runs until 5:00pm, so you're welcome to stay until the end!

    Aircrafts present may include the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast, TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber, P-51 "Never Miss", Japanese D-3, and many more. There will also be live entertainment, food stands, performances, exhibits, tours, the "Warbird Pinup" models, and helicopter rides in addition to the classic car show. Feel free to bring the family along!

    *Meet at Essex County Airport (27 Wright Way, Fairfield, NJ 07004).
    *Limited to 30 attendees.

    Our Price: $29.00
  • 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
  • Capture the Scarlet Knights Rutgers Football

    Class Code: UUU518

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join us and Head Instructor Michael Downey at Rutgers University's High Point Solutions Stadium and shoot a Scarlet Knights Football home game!

    Registration includes:
    - Instructional seminar on sports photography and shooting techniques

    - Exclusive on-field photography access during pre-game warm-ups
    - Ability to continue shooting from your lower level seats (usually within 15 rows of the field)

    Please note that we are only offering two games this season! Be sure to register early before they're sold out!
    09/30/17 vs. Ohio State (TBA)
    10/21/17 vs. Purdue (10:00am Meet-up) *Homecoming

    Only 8 spots available per game!
    More information and details will be sent via email the week of the game date.

    Registration closes at 12:00pm on the Friday prior.

    Our Price: $79.00
  • Rutgers Football Ultimate Experience: Be An Official Team Photographer

    Class Code: UUU519

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Become an official Rutgers Team Photographer during a Scarlet Knights football game at the High Point Solutions Stadium with your own FIELD PASS!

    Registration includes:
    - Instructional seminar on sports photography and shooting techniques

    - Exclusive on-field photography access during pre-game warm-ups
    - VIP parking pass
    - Opportunity to meet the official Rutgers Team Photographer and then continue shooting on the sidelines once the game begins

    Please note that we are only offering two games this season! Be sure to register early before they're sold out!
    09/30/17 vs. Ohio State (TBA)
    10/21/17 vs. Purdue (10:00am Meet-up)

    Only 4 spots are available per game!
    More information and details will be sent via email the week of the game date. Registrants will need to pick up their parking passes prior to the game date at our Fairfield store.

    Registration closes at 12:00pm on the Friday prior.

    Our Price: $495.00
  • 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
  • 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.

    1 for $5,980.00 2+ for $5,295.00
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  • Bushkill Falls Photo Excursion with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU410

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Take a trip to Bushkill Falls with Unique University Head Instructor Michael Downey! Bushkill Falls provides an excellent opportunity to experience the splendor and beauty of Pennsylvania's Pocono Mountains. It is also a great opportunity to learn the effects of shutter speed, bracketing, and HDR photography. You'll photograph several falls using fast and slow shutterspeeds to vary the look of your images.

    *Registration includes a brief class and access to the park.
    *Please meet Michael at the Visitors Center.
    *Remember to wear comfortable shoes.

    Our Price: $59.00
  • 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.

    1 for $6,400.00 2+ for $5,900.00
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  • Getting Started with Studio Portraits with Joe Brady

    Class Code: UUU241

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Classic portrait lighting is something that every portrait photographer should know. Join host and Sony Artisan Joe Brady as he show how and why you want to consider making the jump up to studio monolights from standard on-camera flashes.

    From one to four or more lights on a portrait set, learn how to place and measure lights and how different light shapers affect the quality and intensity of light on your subject. You’ll see how to create shape and dimension to flatter your subject and learn how to create a portrait that sets a mood and tells a story that your clients will love.

    In addition to creating classic lighting sets, Joe will then share some tips for creating headshots and share some light shapers that are great for creating dramatic lighting effects!

    *Limited to 15 students. Register early!

    Our Price: $89.00
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