What we're about

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 info@understandphotography.com

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! We strive to make our training as simple as possible. Please read the reviews of our many happy customers/students!

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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 seven years and we want that to continue!

Email Peggy Farren at info@understandphotography.com or call us (239) 263-7001.

We provide learning opportunities and social events for photographers from beginners to professionals.

Check out our website: http://www.UnderstandPhotography.com

Click HERE (http://www.photographynaples.com/pages/Private_Lessons_and_Photo_Excursions!) 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 world to attend our events.

Our friendly group comprises of beginners to professional photographers. We have nature events, model shoots and classes for every level of experience. We try to offer at least one free event each month.

Bring your camera and manual to each meetup!

Upcoming events (5+)

Tuscany Ladies Photo Workshop and Tour

Tuscany

…..Two openings left! Have you ever fantasized about traveling the Tuscan countryside with your camera with someone who knows exactly where to go and which camera settings to use to make amazing photographs? Join us for an 8 day/7 night guided tour and photography workshop through the vineyards and iconic villages of Tuscany. Join Peggy Farren and our local Italian guide, Stefano Caporali, for a week of photography and fun in Tuscany! Stefano is an active photographer and instructor who lives right in the area so knows the best photo spots, as well as the people, best places to eat and stay! Stefano was Peggy’s amazing guide the last time she was in Tuscany. Check out Stefano’s 500px site: https://500px.com/stefanocaporali Please note this trip is limited to only seven participants so register early! To see details, pictures and to register click here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/tuscany-ladies-photo-workshop-and-tour/ We want this photo trip to be a mind-blowing experience for you! You will be taken to amazing spots at the best light. Peggy and Stefano will give lessons and suggestions along the way. We’ll have formal editing lessons so not only will you take amazing photographs, you’ll process them for even more impact! The photography will be amazing, and we are also adding some fun, Italian things to do. We are still working on the details but you know food and wine will be involved! We are staying at an adorable “agriturismo”, an ancient farmhouse restored and made into an inn. Check it out here: http://www.palazzoconti.eu/ Each participant will have her own bedroom but will probably share an apartment. We are close to making airline reservations so please register as soon as you can. $3995 Double occupancy – single bedrooms but shared apartments What’s included: Accommodations for seven nights Breakfast, lunches and three dinners Entry fees if applicable Transportation from the Rome airport (See the fine print below)** Transportation during the photo workshop Photography and Photoshop lessons What’s not included: Airfare 4 dinners **Transportation from Rome is included as long as everyone is ready to leave Rome within two hours of each other. If one or two people cannot get a flight at a similar time, you will be responsible for your own transportation to our inn in Tuscany. Please do not make plane reservations until we give you the go ahead. We will make reservations around July 1. To register call or email Peggy Farren at [masked] or (239)[masked] As this trip is nonrefundable (unless canceled), we highly recommend travel insurance. Please contact us for suggestions if you don’t have a travel insurance company. We will send out information about what lenses and gear to bring. This might be the time to invest in a good tripod. Just keep in mind the weight, since you’ll have to carry your own gear. To see details, pictures and to register click here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/tuscany-ladies-photo-workshop-and-tour/

Everglades 4 Day Tour

Everglades

Join Understand Photography in the Everglades for a 4 day photography workshop. Have fun, improve your photographic skills and return home with memorable images. Experienced workshop leader and mentor Joe Fitzpatrick will guide you to his favorite locations at the time of day when the light is right. The Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. Sweeping vistas of the river of grass, lakes, mangrove forests, dense, jungle-like, hardwood hammocks, and subtropical pine forests are yours to capture. Wildlife is everywhere. Birds, the Everglades is host to 350 species, as well as the ever-present alligators will provide you with unique photo opportunities. At each location Joe will share his techniques, enabling you to overcome exposure, lighting and compositional challenges. With his guidance, you will learn to control the complex features of your camera. Joe’s easy to understand style of instruction will help you to become the photographer you long to be. This trip is limited to five participants so that everyone will receive personal attention. The field workshop will offer you the opportunity to photograph breathtaking landscapes and a wide range of wildlife under a variety of lighting conditions. Your photographic exploration begins with an introductory gathering at the Travelodge Florida City at 4:00 PM on Thursday and concludes in the Shark Valley section of Everglades National Park on Sunday. Please note this trip is limited to only 5 participants so register early! To see details, pictures and to register, click here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/everglades-4-day-photo-adventure-2/ Early Registration Price only $1295 Regular price $1,495

Everglades Day Tour

Everglades

The Everglades, called Pa-hay-okee, the grassy water, by the Seminoles, is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. At its heart is a slow moving freshwater river, 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long. Its 1.5 million acres contains a wide variety of plants and animals, many threatened or endangered. Wildlife is everywhere. The Everglades is host to 350 species, as well as the ever present alligators will provide you with unique photo opportunities. You will capture spectacular images of all this and more when you join Understand Photography in the Everglades for a day-long photography workshop. Your day long adventure will start when board our van at the Understand Photography Studio in Naples. Have fun, improve your photographic skills and return home with memorable images. At each location Joe will share his techniques, enabling you to overcome exposure, lighting and compositional challenges. With his guidance you will learn to control the complex features of your camera. Joe’s easy to understand style of instruction will help you to become the photographer you long to be. This trip is limited to five participants so that everyone will receive personal attention. $239 Early Registration (up until 1 month prior) $269 Regular Price To see details, pictures, and to register click here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/everglades-day-tour/

Everglades 4 Day Tour

Everglades

Join Understand Photography in the Everglades for a 4 day photography workshop. Have fun, improve your photographic skills and return home with memorable images. Experienced workshop leader and mentor Joe Fitzpatrick will guide you to his favorite locations at the time of day when the light is right. The Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. Sweeping vistas of the river of grass, lakes, mangrove forests, dense, jungle-like, hardwood hammocks, and subtropical pine forests are yours to capture. Wildlife is everywhere. Birds, the Everglades is host to 350 species, as well as the ever-present alligators will provide you with unique photo opportunities. At each location Joe will share his techniques, enabling you to overcome exposure, lighting and compositional challenges. With his guidance, you will learn to control the complex features of your camera. Joe’s easy to understand style of instruction will help you to become the photographer you long to be. This trip is limited to five participants so that everyone will receive personal attention. The field workshop will offer you the opportunity to photograph breathtaking landscapes and a wide range of wildlife under a variety of lighting conditions. Your photographic exploration begins with an introductory gathering at the Travelodge Florida City at 4:00 PM on Thursday and concludes in the Shark Valley section of Everglades National Park on Sunday. Please note this trip is limited to only 5 participants so register early! To see details, pictures and to register, click here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/everglades-4-day-photo-adventure/ Early Registration Price only $1295 Regular price $1,495

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