During the workshop, the following topics will be covered:
- Presentation by Andrew Darlow of selected pet photographs shot in different lighting situations, with descriptions of the lighting, camera, lens, modes used, etc.
- Step-by-step description of how to set up your camera for continuous lighting situations vs. strobe setups.
- How to make adjustments for color temperature and how to balance color during and after the session.
- Specific suggestions for affordable compact flash units, continuous lighting options, radio triggers for wireless shooting, softboxes, fill cards and other gear.
- How to work with both pets and people who you photograph together with their pets.
- Tips and tricks for getting pets to look at the camera, and how to get priceless expressions from almost any pet.
- A one hour “crash course” on how to import and back up your digital files effectively, plus how to use Lightroom 5 to view, color balance and edit your images.
Requirements: A camera is required to take this workshop (a DSLR or higher-end compact camera is ideal, but any camera that can shoot in Aperture Priority or Full Manual Mode can be used for this workshop.) A laptop with Adobe Lightroom 5 installed is not required, but recommended. A bag lunch and/or a snack is recommended (for you, not the pets!).
Some basic knowledge of Digital SLRs or higher-end compact cameras is also required.
"Very helpful class. Andrew was organized and efficient with having prepared the lists of resources including websites and product info. with the handout and in follow up e-mails to participants. This helped us to focus on paying attention without scrambling to write it all down. It's a great benefit to have access to Andrew even after the class. He has been very responsive to help me make some product decisions that fit my budget." -Lissette Roman
"I thoroughly enjoyed the Pet Photography workshop. Andrew Darlow was prepared, knowledgeable & accessible. After the interesting & informative presentation, three work stations were set up to demonstrate three different kinds of indoor lighting. There was plenty of time for the hands on portion with the pet models. I only wish the class was a little smaller to ensure more individual time with the instructor." -Robin T., Glen Ridge, NJ
Unique University® is the highly acclaimed education component of Unique Photo®, NJ’s only camera and video superstore. There is over 2000 sq. ft. of learning space, including our start-of-the art, 1000 sq. ft. main presentation hall. Unique University’s mission is to help our visitors “Create Better Pictures” by providing photography education for beginners to pros. With events daily, it is the place where photography groups such as local camera clubs, ASMP, PPA and others meet. We have a full curriculum of classes and seminars from world famous speakers such as Art Wolfe, Rick Sammon, Michael Yamashita, Tyler Stableford, Lindsay Adler, and Will Crockett. We offer photography experiences to such places as the Prudential Center for Seton Hall Men's Basketball, Meadowlands Horse Racetrack, Lakota Wolf Preserve, NJ Jackals Baseball, Rutgers Football, Botanical Gardens, Festival of Ballooning, and much more. Our technical classes include such topics as basic D-SLR photography, lighting techniques, Adobe Photoshop, Elements, and Lightroom, macro photography, composition, editing and printing, wedding photography, HDR photography, working with speedlites, how to use social media, digital organization, one-on-one instruction, and much more.
Where are classes held?
Unless stated otherwise, classes are held in the Unique University classroom within the Unique Photo SuperStore (123 US Highway 46 West, Fairfield, NJ 07004).
What should I bring to class?
You're encouraged to bring your camera and a notebook and pen to most classes. Some classes will require additional equipment, so please check the class descriptions.
Will lunch or refreshments be included?
Lunch and refreshments are not provided for any classes under 6 hours unless noted.
How do I register for a class?
You can register online, in-store at the concierge, or by phone at either 973-377-6454 or 973-377-2007. Please note that you will need to provide payment information.
Can I register at the door?
For most classes, you're free to register at the concierge desk prior to the start of the class. Please note that there are some classes that offer "Early Bird Special" rates and others that have limited seating, so it would be in your best interest to register prior to the dates of such classes.
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Please contact Pamela at 973-377-6454 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information: your name, phone number, email address, and the class name and date.
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Unique University Class Cancellation Policy Unique University Class Cancellation Policy Classes costing less than $99 may be canceled up to 48 hours in advance for a full refund. For classes costing $100 or more, advanced notice of seven days before the class is necessary for a full refund.
Requests for cancellation made after these deadlines will be awarded store credit in the amount paid for registration towards a future Unique University seminar or workshop.
Cancellations made within 24 hours of the beginning of a class will not be honored and no refund or credit will be given.
Cancellations of any class utilizing models will be subject to a cancellation fee of 50% of the purchased price (up to $100).