• Composition - The Best Class you'll Ever take to Improve your Photography!

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    Composition - The Best Class you'll Ever take to Improve your Photography! Instructor Joe Fitzpatrick $79 early registration price through two weeks before $99 regular price Let's face it – some people have an eye for composition and some don't. Learning the “rules” of composition will help you think each picture through before hitting the shutter button. Once you learn the “rules” you can break them! Take it from the judges of photo competitions: Most images don't merit because of glaring composition errors! Students will look at some basic composition techniques that will dramatically improve their images. By applying one or more of these composition rules, your photos will go from looking amateurish to professional. You will also understand why some of the previous images taken work so well and why you and other people like them so much. This class is very interactive and includes lots of examples to help students absorb the information through repetition. We examine a variety of genres, including location portraits and street photography, landscapes and cityscapes, and static and action scenes. • The Rule of Thirds • Working the Lines in Your Photography (how to use horizontal, vertical and diagonal lines) • Finding Fresh Angles to Shoot From • Photographing People • Getting Horizons Horizontal • Getting Images Straight • Fill Your Frame • Creating Negative Space for Impact • Getting Backgrounds Right • Framing Your Shots • How to Use Converging Lines to Enhance Your Photography • 4 Rules of Composition for Landscape Photography • Breaking the ‘Rules’ of Composition Bring any pictures you'd like critiqued or just bring yourself!

  • Free Photowalk at the Bird Rookery Swamp Trail

    Bird Rookery Swamp, CREW Land & Water Trust

    Joe Fitzpatrick is leading a free Photowalk at the beautiful Bird Rookery Swamp in Naples, Florida. The event will held on April 24th, 2019. Photographers are welcomed and encouraged to attend the event in order to gain knowledge about various photography tips and techniques. All levels of photographers will enjoy this, from professionals to cell phone photographers! Make sure to bring your tripod for the best quality photos! The Bird Rookery Swamp Trail offers 12 miles of hiking and biking trails, including a 1500-ft. boardwalk with wheelchair accessibility. A 1/4-mile crushed shell path leads to a 1500-ft. boardwalk, then the trails become ground level, sandy/grassy, relatively flat berms with swamp on both sides. The trails are actually old tram roads used when the area was logged many years ago. The maple-cypress swamp is home to alligators, otters, Florida panthers, bobcats, white-tailed deer and more. There is one portable toilet at the beginning of the boardwalk and several benches along the trail within the first 1.5 miles. Birders will delight in the abundance of songbirds that frequent the cypress trees along the boardwalk, as well as the many raptors and wading birds found along the trails. Barred owls are common and swallow-tailed kites frequent the area in summer. The photowalk is free as well as admission to the park, although donations accepted, Open to public. The location of the event will be held at: 1295 Shady Hollow Boulevard, Naples, FL 34120

  • Lighting Essentials including Flash Photography

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    Open shade, subtractive lighting, additive lighting, working with whatever light you have. Speedlight and pop up flash basics on camera. The word Photography literally means Writing with Light. Learn to work with and understand lighting. $79 early registration through two weeks before $99 regular price Prerequisite - you must be comfortable shooting in the manual setting on your camera. Please take our DSLR exposure basics class first. This is a great second class! If you've ever taken instruction from Peggy Farren, you know how she simplifies everything! Learn basic lighting in this easy to understand class. We will bring in a model so that you can practice what you've learned to seal the info into your brain! Look good because you may end up in pictures as we practice on each other! Please register as early as possible! Bring: • DSLR camera with a fully charged battery • Speedlight, if you have one. If not, your pop-up flash will do. • Fully charged and extra batteries for your speedlight • As always, bring your camera and speedlight manuals.

  • Fine Tuning the Technical Side of Your Photography

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    Fine Tuning the Technical Side of Your Photography for those with cameras that shoot in the manual mode $79 early registration price through two weeks before $99 regular price This class builds on what we learned in Shoot in Manual- Exposure. Bring your camera with a fully charged battery and your camera manual for this hands on workshop! In this class, we'll have a quick review of Exposure since it is the foundation of photography and the most important thing for you to know. • We'll go over the Menus and how to find what you are looking for. • White Balance - You will learn how to manage the colors of your camera under any lighting condition. We talk about setting your Kelvin number and Custom White balance. Shooting in RAW is helpful but getting the color right as you shoot will give you the most beautiful images. • Focal points and Focus Modes - How to change and why you would! Sharp pictures every time! • Metering modes - Evaluative, Matrix, Spot, Center Weighted. Your metering mode affects your exposure. Learn which metering mode is best for which circumstance. And of course, you'll learn HOW to change them. • Drive modes - Single, continuous and timer. Why, when and how! • Exposure compensation. How to and why. • Practice time!! Practicing with the instructor right there will help you remember and seal into your brain what you just learned. Plus it's fun!! Just by taking and UNDERSTANDING what we teach in the Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography, you will have such a great foundation in your photography education. Everything will start making sense. Please join us on our free photowalks and practice what you've learned!

  • Free Photowalk at Immokalee State Farmers' Market

    Immokalee Farmer's Market

    Join Joe Fitzpatrick as he leads a free photowalk at the Immokalee State Farmers' Market on May 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Photographers are welcomed and encouraged to attend the event in order to gain knowledge about various photography tips and techniques. All levels of photographers will enjoy this, from professionals to cell phone photographers! Make sure to bring your tripod for the best quality photos! Afterwards, an optional lunch will take place at The Pub & Grill at Ave Maria at 5068 Annunciation Circle Ave Maria, FL 34142. Enjoy an authentic meal after a fun photography photowalk! The location of the event will be held at: 424 New Market Rd E, Immokalee, FL 34142 Admission to the event is free, so bring your fellow photographer friends and family to enjoy!

  • Women’s Photography Weekend Naples Florida

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    Join professional photographer Peggy Farren for a women’s photography weekend. This weekend is designed for beginner to intermediate photographers. Enjoy while learning photography and go home with fabulous images! Women’s Photography Weekend, Naples, Florida Friday 6:00 pm. to Sunday 3:00pm. Includes photography instruction, two nights lodging and meals. $699 early registration through May 7, 2019 $799 regular price Single occupancy. We are staying at an adorable Airbnb with a "Superhost" status. We are not sharing rooms. This weekend is designed to give you a good foundation in photography through short classes and lots of hands-on practice. It’s limited to only 3 participants so you’ll get lots of individual attention. You will learn to shoot in manual, take sunset pictures of the pier, have a private boat trip to photograph the Dome Homes on Cape Romano*, Photoshop layers, textures and blending modes, on and off camera flash with a model, HDR (High Dynamic Range) and night photography. The Understand Photography minivan will transport us to our outings. * Itinerary subject to change due to weather. For more information or to register, email Peggy at [masked] or call (239)[masked]. Detailed itinerary: Friday evening: 6:00 pm. Learn to shoot in manual and really, really understand it. As with all our classes, Peggy simplifies the technical aspects of photography to make it easier to learn and understand. We’ll have an hour and a half class, then hop in the van with our tripods to take sunset pictures of the famous Naples pier. Night photography on 5th Ave S. Learn how to do streaking lights, silky water and HDR! Saturday morning it’s up and out! Depending on the weather, we’ll take a private boat trip to photograph the Cape Romano dome homes. The dome homes were built in the 1980s and are slowly being washed out to sea. We lost two of the six during hurricane Irma! We’ll have a little beach time on this mostly deserted island to photograph, swim and relax. We'll have a picnic when we get back on land. 2:30-3:30 pm. Photoshop class. Bring your laptop and we’ll work on our pictures. You’ll learn about layers, blending modes, textures and more. Everything is step by step so amateur or advanced Photoshop users can keep up. 5:00 Dinner. 6:45 pm. Sunset portraits. We’ll have a model so we can learn and practice on and off camera flash. Learn to balance your flash with the background for beautiful sunset portraits. Sunset is at 8:00 pm. Sunday morning: Old Naples Photo Tour. Learn a little bit about the history of Naples while learning about photography. Peggy will guide you to the best pictures, help you with your settings and composition. Sunday brunch (not included in the price) Sunday 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Learn to process HDR pictures. Terms and Conditions: PAYMENT Full payment is due 60 days before the workshop. We accept all major credit cards. CANCELLATION POLICY No refunds or credits within 60 days of the workshop. If your final payment has not been made by 60 days before, we’ll open up your spot and you will lose your initial deposit. On cancellations made before the 60 day cutoff, your deposit will be refunded less a $50 handling fee. Please do not make your airline reservations without checking with us first. If we have to cancel for any reason, Understand Photography will refund all charges paid. We assume no liability for penalties incurred by airlines or any other source. INSURANCE We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance. WAITING LIST If the trip is full, we would be happy to put you on the waiting list in case of a cancellation. It’s $25, which is fully refundable if you do not take the trip or it can be applied toward the trip if a cancellation comes up.