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  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Light Selection (Session 3)

    Class Code: UUU251

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Grand Central Terminal Exclusive Photo Tour

    Class Code: UUU513

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Don't miss out on this Unique® opportunity to photograph Grand Central from vantage points unseen and unknown by any other tour! Your camera will capture the secrets and mysteries of the world’s largest train Terminal, in this --the only official-- Metro-North Railroad Photo Tour of Grand Central Terminal.

    PHOTOGRAPHY INSTRUCTORS:
    - Sat, July 11th: Unique Photo® President Matt Sweetwood
    - Fri, July 31st: Unique University Head Instructor Michael Downey

    Note: This tour can last four hours or more, with much standing, climbing, tightly-packed elevator moves, lying prone on floors, and hitting areas that may be very cold/steamy hot/very dirty/nearly and totally dark. Solid, closed shoes and long pants are a must.

    Recommended Gear: Please also be sure to bring lens wipes, compact camera case/protection, and neck straps for every camera! Tripods are also allowed.

    Our Price: $150.00
  • Sunset and Supermoon Over the NYC Skyline from Hoboken with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU423

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join Head Instructor Michael Downey in this rare opportunity to learn how to capture stunning images of the Sunset and Super Moon as they overlook the Manhattan Skyline.

    This excursion is VERY limited, so register early!

    Our Price: $49.00
  • 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 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
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: The Portable Studio (Session 4)

    Class Code: UUU252

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • 2-Day Indoor and Outdoor Location Lighting with Rick Friedman

    Class Code: UUU359

    Instructor: 
    Rick Friedman
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Join award-winning photographer Rick Friedman for a 2-day, hands-on Location Lighting workshop!  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.

    On Saturday, the lesson will primarily involve how to shoot indoors and tackle the lighting challenges that arise inside.  On Sunday, the lesson will shift off-site to a nearby location (TBD) so that the class can focus on shooting outdoors.  Models will be present on both days so that you'll not only learn from watching Rick, but you'll also have a chance to practice shooting in these different situations.

    At the end of this seminar, you will know how to create elaborate lighting setups that you can take anywhere!

    *In addition to your camera, lens(es), and speedlight(s), please bring a lunch or snack for each day.

    Our Price: $299.00
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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
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Lighting Patterns and Shapers (Session 5)

    Class Code: UUU253

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Canon EOS Discovery Day: HD Video - Essentials of Shooting with a DSLR

    Class Code: UUU177

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    In a brief period of time, HD video capability has exploded in the digital SLR world, adding impressive capabilities to today’s Canon EOS cameras.

    Whether you are a first-time SLR user, or a long-time enthusiast who has shot still images for years, if you’re wondering how to really begin to use these new features to expand your image-making, Canon’s newest two-hour EOS Discovery Day class may be just what you’re looking for.


    Our Price: $10.00
  • Canon EOS Discovery Day: Basic 102 - Essential Functions

    Class Code: UUU174

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Take the next step with your EOS digital SLR and in making great images. We will move past the dials and buttons and learn more of what changes you can make on your camera to help your photograph tell more of a story.

    You will see many examples of great photography and learn techniques to use including exposure, composition, and flash. This is part two in a module that will take more of a look at controlling the image than button placement and terminology.


    Our Price: $10.00
  • Architectural and HDR Photography at Bannerman Castle

    Class Code: UUU437

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    For those photographers who feel adventurous, your journey will begin at Torches Landing! From there we take you on a short boat ride over to the island on the Pollepel. Upon reaching the island, we will be greeted by our tour guide and our group will be given an escorted tour of the rugged little island. Our tour will include a lecture about the history of the island and plenty of opportunities for photographs. Our tour will take approximately one and one half hours (1 - 1/2 hrs) on the island, after which you will once again board the Pollepel for a short ride back to historic Newburgh or Beacon.

    Don't miss another great photo opportunity with Michael Downey!

    Our Price: $79.00
  • Canon EOS Discovery Day: Intermediate 201 - Creative Photography

    Class Code: UUU175

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    If you’re a more experienced SLR user, this 3-hour session is your ticket to learning about the more sophisticated features of your EOS camera. We’ll take you to the next step in crafting great photographs, with details about the advanced controls in your camera and how to use them in real-life situations.

    Many examples of great imagery utilizing the camera’s features come to life in this class. We’ll demystify your camera’s histogram, give you details about lighting and exposure control, and show the power of using an EOS speedlite to bring your photography to the next level.


    Our Price: $10.00
  • Canon EOS Discovery Day: Intermediate 202 - Creative Photography

    Class Code: UUU176

    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    If you’re a more experienced SLR user, this 3-hour session is your ticket to learning about the more sophisticated features of your EOS camera. We’ll take you to the next step in crafting great photographs, with details about the advanced controls in your camera and how to use them in real-life situations.

    This class follows and expands upon the lessons learned in the Intermediate 201 class.


    Our Price: $10.00
  • 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
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Dramatic Light Shapers (Session 6)

    Class Code: UUU254

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Macro Photography at Longwood Gardens with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU424

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Take a trip to Longwood Gardens with Unique University Head Instructor Michael Downey!  Practice your macro photography on waterlilies, roses, and more as you walk throughout the grounds and exhibits.

    Michael will be in the Visitor's Center and Garden Shop.

    Our Price: $69.00
  • How to Make Money in Microstock with Your Photos

    Class Code: UUU156

    Instructor: 
    Jim DeLillo
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    You’ve got the latest and greatest camera, you take great photos, and now you want to take the next step and get paid for your creativity and work.  The easiest entry into selling your photos is via Microstock. Jim DeLillo will take you through the actions necessary to get your photos accepted and start selling on sites like iStock, Dreamstime, and Shutterstock.

    Following his instruction you can be well on your way to seeing your photos online, credited, and ultimately sold and downloaded within days!

    Our Price: $49.00
  • An Intro to Adobe Lightroom with Alan Kesselhaut

    Class Code: UUU219

    Instructor: 
    Alan Kesselhaut
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Capturing your images is only the first step in creating great photos. Learning how to import, organize, process, and share your images is fundamental to becoming a successful digital photographer. Adobe Lightroom offers an amazing level of productivity and efficiency with simple, user-friendly steps that let you take control of your photographic workflow in a non-destructive manner.

    NOTE: This class will NOT be taking place in our Digital Lab.  You will need to bring your own laptop (MAC or PC) with Lightroom 6 or CC installed.  You can download a 30 day free trial from Adobe by clicking here.

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Childrens 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.

    Our Price: $75.00
  • 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
  • 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
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Building Studio Portrait Light (Session 7)

    Class Code: UUU255

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Wildlife Photography at the New Jersey Great Swamp

    Class Code: UUU438

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Photograph wildlife at a New Jersey's National Wildlife Refuge, tucked in suburban New Jersey.  The Great Swamp provides enhanced opportunities to photograph wildlife in their natural habitat, using platforms, viewing areas, and tour routes.

    The Wildlife Observation Center has 1 - 1/2 miles of boardwalk, allowing us to see a variety of habitats and many different species. We'll see numerous turtles, snakes, and frogs. Many different birds can also be observed from any of the three permanent bird blinds.  The abundant flora and fauna will also keep us shooting for hours.

    Head Instructor Michael Downey will teach a class on wildlife photography and then we will fan out throughout the refuge.

    Our Price: $39.00
  • Photo Class and Stroll Through Grounds For Sculpture with Michael Downey

    Class Code: UUU411

    Instructor: 
    Michael Downey
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Whimsical.  Playful.  Contemplative. And over 250 sculptures!  That's how the Grounds For Sculpture describes itself, and it certainly does live up to its claim.  Join Michael Downey for a photo excursion that's sure to inspire.

    This workshop is for novice and intermediate photographers.  Registration includes entrance into the park.

    Our Price: $49.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Mood Lighting (Session 8)

    Class Code: UUU256

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Mixing Flash and Ambient Light (Session 9)

    Class Code: UUU257

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Mastering Portrait Lighting: Groups, Composites, and Summary (Session 10)

    Class Code: UUU258

    Instructor: 
    Joe Brady
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    It’s time to take your portrait photography to the next level!
    Light is the essential ingredient for all photography and to create beautifully lit portraits you need to understand how to use, shape and control light. This series of classes will give you the knowledge and skills to master an effective repertoire of lighting styles and setups that will improve your results and benefit your bottom line.

    Better Portraits = More Business!
    This course of hands-on workshops is suitable for photographers of all levels who are truly interested in learning and advancing their techniques. The primary pre-requisite is that you know your camera and have a basic understanding of manual settings.  From working Professionals to serious amateurs, we will cover wide ranging topics, styles and gear and will shoot live during every class. From available light to constant lights to speedlights to studio strobes every possibility will be covered.

    Workshop Registration: "Mastering Portrait Lighting" consists of 10 sessions.  Each session will cover a defined range of topics, so you have the option of signing up for the entire course, pick a series of classes that interest you, or enroll for single classes.  There will be overlap and adjustments as necessary to make the most effective use of time and details will be flexible based on the needs of the participants.  Please see the OVERVIEW below for specific topics for each session.

    Our goal is to provide you with a great training experience and the skills you need to create beautiful portraits. The knowledge gained will be both practical and inspirational, so if you’re ready to take the next step, sign up now!

    Our Price: $149.00
  • Northern Lights 7-Day Photo Adventure in Tromso, Norway

    Class Code: UUU434

    Instructor: 
    Dr. William Gutsch
    Skill Level: 
    Everyone

    Unique Photo® has teamed up with group of night sky photography experts, including Dr. William Gutsch, to give you an amazing opportunity to travel above the Arctic Circle in search of the Northern Lights while also exploring the fantastic landscape of Arctic Norway!

    For 7 days and 6 nights (Nov 6th - 13th), 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 to Oslo and Tromso via SAS (Scandinavian Airlines), 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 "BOOKING INFORMATION" section of the description below for details.

    2+ for $4,700.00 1 for $5,200.00
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