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Welcome to Understand Photography, Southwest Florida’s only established, hands-on, professionally-led photography school!  We've spawned lots of competitors that come and go, and everyone keeps coming back to us.  Contact us at

Professional photographer Peggy Farren started this training center in 2009, when she saw the need for hands-on and simplified photography training.  Photography is "in" right now!  The training opportunities are overwhelming but very few are hands-on. 

Peggy screens and specially trains each teacher.  Our instructors have technical knowledge and also real world experience.  You won't find any teachers who just picked up a camera last year here!  It's a bit painful to see beginners teaching and giving bad advice to new photographers.  One group told their students that they take 5000 pictures at a wedding!  This is not the norm and no experienced photographer would ever steer you this way!

If your goal is professional photography, learn from pros who have successfully been in business for at least five years.  You don't want to burn out by working long hours for little money! If you are a nature photographer, learn from photographers who have spent some time out in the field.  You want to know what the best spots are at each time of year, when and where to find the wildlife or flora you want to photograph and what to be prepared for to create incredible images!

Each instructor is given tips and techniques on improving their teaching skills.  We've kept our five star rating with Meetup for over two years and we want that to continue! 

Email Peggy Farren at or call us (239) 263-7001.

We provide learning opportunities and social events for photographers from beginners to professionals!  We work closely with all the camera clubs in the area - Fort Myers Camera Club (, Naples Digital Photography Imaging ( and the Professional Photographers of Southwest Florida ( to help all of our students with many opportunities to learn and to practice!

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Click HERE for a description of our 1/2 day and full day photography excursions.  Are you interested in Nature?  Birds? HDR?  Night photography?  Learn while doing with a pro photographer at your side!

Check out our online forum, in-house photography workshops, courses and classes. Photographers come from all over Southwest Florida to attend our events: Naples, Fort Myers, Bonita Springs, Estero and beyond.

Everything we do is hands on for optimal learning.  Our friendly group comprises of beginners to professional photographers!  We have nature events, model shootouts and classes for every level of experience!  We try to offer at least two free events per month.

We are a hands-on group, so bring your camera and manual to each meeting!

Here is a short video of one of our first model shoots!

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