A picture is worth a thousand words, making photographs and stick-figure sketches the easiest solutions to looming dissertation deadlines. Take advantage of efficient visual-communication strategies with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a two-hour digital SLR photography class at Unique Photo in Fairfield (a $45 value).
Unique Photo’s Unique University invites amateur and pro snappers alike to develop skills from the ground up or polish existing abilities in a spacious learning space. Students can shoot superior soul-stealing stills using a digital SLR camera after one of three two-hour introductory classes, each taught by professional photographers. The basics session suits beginners and amateurs, covering fundamentals such as depth of field, ISO, and aperture before turning attendees loose to flex their newly eager shutter fingers. The intermediate exposure and metering class delves a few clicks deeper, exploring the relationship between f-stops and shutter speeds, how your own camera’s metering system works, and image file formats. During advanced composition, participants further examine the art, learning to improve images through techniques such as the rule of thirds, perspective, and luring errant photobombers out of the frame. Check the schedule for times.
Unique Photo’s story wouldn’t be out of place in a Horatio Alger essay: entrepreneurs Bernard and Harriet Sweetwood opened a small storefront photography supply store in Brooklyn, which, through their continued hard work, grew to become one of the largest privately owned photographic-supply distributors in the world. Now dubbed a photographic superstore, Unique Photo stocks more than 20,000 products from popular brands such as Canon, Panasonic, Olympus, Fujifilm, Nikon, and Sony. From digital cameras and camera bags to video equipment, darkroom supplies, and prints of 19th-century presidents eating ice-cream cones, the shop houses gear for enthusiasts and professionals alike. On a mission to help clients “Create Better Pictures,” staffers draw upon their photography training to help customers with a full-service photo lab, rental equipment, and free tech support. Experts also lead a full curriculum of classes and seminars that cover topics such as photo composition, Adobe Photoshop, and lighting techniques.
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