• 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

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

    Understand Photography Studio

    $99.00

    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!

  • Burrowing Owls & Matlacha Day Trip & Workshop Joe Fitzpatrick

    Understand Photography Studio

    Sold out Early registration $239 through March 18, 2018 Regular Registration $269 Please register via our website: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/burrowing-owls-matlacha-day-trip/ Join Southwest Florida Professional Photographer Joe Fitzpatrick for a great day of photography instruction. Your photo subjects on this all day photography workshop will be the Florida Burrowing Owl and the colorful town of Matlacha. Your day long adventure will begin when you board our van at the Understand Photography Learning Center & Studio. The morning's session will focus on the Florida Burrowing Owl. Joe will instruct you on how to photograph these unique birds without disturbing them as they nest and care for their young. You will learn what exposure modes work best and how to use them, how to use your flash to control the light, how to isolate the owls from busy backgrounds, composing you shots for maximum impact, and more. Because it is important not to stress the owls, especially while they are nesting, this workshop is strictly limited to five participants. Mid-day we will break for lunch. Bring your own or join Joe at a local restaurant. Following lunch we will photograph the fun and colorful town of Matlacha. 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. Stuff You Want to Know Where will we meet? We'll meet at Understand Photography Studio at 7:45 a.m. to leave promptly at 8:00 a.m. If you are located in Fort Myers, let us know and we'll make arrangements to pick you up at a location on our way. When will we return? We'll return back to Understand Photography Studio about 5 p.m. Please don't make any immediate plans after in case we run late due to traffic. How will we get around? We will be taking a van to travel to our shooting locations. We will be walking for much of the afternoon as we explore Matlacha. What about lunch? You can join Joe at a local restaurant or pack your lunch if you prefer. Cost of lunch is not included in trip. What will we be photographing? The morning will be spent photographing the burrowing owls. The afternoon will encompass a variety of subjects; landscapes, historic buildings and local color. What skill level is required? This photo adventure is geared to photographers of all skill levels. We strongly suggest that you take our beginning Shoot in Manual course if you are not familiar with the basics of exposure: shutter speed, aperture and ISO. What will I learn during the Photo Adventure? At every step of your Photo Adventure Joe will be at your side, sharing his techniques. We will cover: Which of your camera’s exposure modes is preferred for each shooting condition. Which metering mode works best for each subject. Using the histogram to improve your exposures. How to take advantage of your camera’s various auto focus modes. Composition. Filters .Advanced techniques tailored to your level of knowledge. What equipment should I bring? This Photo Adventure encompasses a wide range of subject matter. DSLR camera or advanced compact (bridge camera). Ideally, lenses to provide the equivalent coverage of full frame lenses from 24mm to 300mm or longer. For “crop” DSLRs this means lenses in the range of 17mm to 200mm or longer. A lens with close focusing ability so you can fill your frame with a flower is useful. A speedlight will be useful at times. A circular polarizer if you own one. Tripod Remote shutter release. Memory cards, bring them all! Batteries Sunscreen

  • Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography: Hands-On Course

    Understand Photography Studio

    $297.00

    Do you REALLY understand exposure and how to shoot in the manual setting? How to win at photography competitions – as a frequent judge, Peggy will reveal the most common disqualification reasons and how you can overcome them. Does using flash intimidate you? It’s not as tough as you think! Are you about to take an exotic trip and want to be sure you come home with awe-inspiring pictures? Are your technical insecurities keeping you from earning a good living in photography? Avoid feeling overwhelmed by learning what is vital to know to produce great images consistently. …. and much, much more! We’ll help you put together a clear plan of action to get a solid photography education. The Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography is designed to give you a solid photography education in just four short weeks. Week One: Shoot in Manual and Understand Exposure – We’ll get you shooting in the Manual setting in just two hours. This has been our most popular workshop since the start of Understand Photography Training Center. Two and a half hour class. Week Two: Composition – The Most Important Class you’ll take to Improve Your Photography! Everyone thinks they understand the Rule of Thirds but we find that they really don’t. Learn where your eye naturally goes and how to use leading lines, power points, negative space, color and more to make a more pleasing image. In this workshop, you’ll learn why you are not winning competitions with your images – it’s almost always a composition issue! THREE hour class. Week Three: Lighting Essentials – Learn to see the light. Work with natural light. Work in Open Shade. Learn to use your flash to create natural looking light when needed. The principles are the same for both pop up flash that comes with your camera and a speedlight. Flash can be complicated. We simplify it. THREE hour class. Week Four: The Technical Class: Don’t worry! You’ll be ready for this workshop! Metering Modes, White Balance, Drive Modes, Focal point, focus modes and more! We do our best to make the technical stuff easy to understand! Two and a half hour class. Classes are held at Understand Photography Studio. We designed the course with all the necessary things you need to know, and skipped a lot of the extras. We want you to gain confidence in shooting in manual and really understanding exposure and the basics. With a solid foundation, you’ll be taking fabulous photographs in just a few short weeks! Once you have a strong foundation, EVERYTHING else will come so easily for you! I've watched so many photographers struggle for years, just because they never got a good understanding of the important basics. You can do this! We work really hard to keep thing simple!! ~Peggy Farren Founder and Instructor Professional Photographer (Check out my site at www.naplesportraits.com) In business since 2001. Please note we offer this as an online class as well. Many students choose to do both the hands on and online course. You'll receive a substantial discount on the online class if you choose to do this. Just let us know. http://understandphotography.com/shop/four-weeks-to-proficiency-in-photography/

  • Shoot in Manual and Understand Exposure

    Understand Photography Studio

    $79.00

    Please note that this is the first of the "Four Weeks to Proficiency" classes. You may take one class, all of them or some of them! Obviously it's best to take all four in a row! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DSLR operation and exposure basics Please note this is a class for users with DSLR, bridge and mirrorless cameras that shoot in the manual setting. Not sure if you have one? Scroll down. Two hour workshop Bring your camera and manual $79 early registration through two weeks before $99 regular price This is our most popular workshop! This class is why our group has grown so much. It's such a great place to start! If you want to learn the basic technical info in an easy to understand, hands on class, this is for you. Come to this workshop to learn about basic settings for shooting in manual mode, Fstops, camera lens basics, etc. It's not going to be super technical but you'll learn enough to get out of automatic mode and feel comfortable controlling your camera. Take this class and start taking pictures in manual setting with a perfect exposure right away! This will be in a classroom type setting. Bring your camera so you'll be able to practice what we are learning. We'll keep it small so each participant can get a little individual help. Since every camera is different, bring your manual. PLEASE FULLY CHARGE YOUR BATTERY! And then don't forget to bring the battery! Reservations required. See you there! Instructor: Peggy Farren of Avant-Garde Images, Inc. http://www.naplesportraits.com PLEASE BE SURE YOU HAVE A CAMERA THAT SHOOTS IN THE MANUAL SETTING BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS WORKSHOP! 1. If your lens does not come off, you do not have a DSLR. You may still be able to take this class if you are positive your camera can shoot in the manual setting. 2. If you are unsure, please email Peggy at [masked] with your make and model number and she can verify. DSLR and mirrorless cameras pretty much all work the same and therefore we can offer a group workshop. Some bridge are similar to DSLRs so please inquire if you have one. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ We offer private lessons for point and shoot or bridge users. Please email us at [masked] for more info or read about them here: http://understandphotography.com/step-by-step-training/private-lessons/

  • 4 Day St Augustine Photo Adventure

    Sleep Inn Motel

    $849.00

    Limited to just 5 Photographers SOLD OUT. Please email [masked] to be placed on the waiting list. These images and much more are yours to capture on Understand Photography’s Bastions, Birds and Buildings Photo Adventure of St. Augustine, FL. 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. 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 cost of the photo exploration includes expert, personal instruction by Joe, accommodations (dbl occupancy), continental breakfasts, admission to all venues, parking fees, and applicable taxes. Lunches, dinners and transportation are not included. If you prefer not to share a room, single accommodations are available for a surcharge of ?. Place your deposit now to ensure your spot. To register call or email [masked] or (239)[masked] St. Augustine Photo Adventure – Stuff You Want to Know Where will we be staying? Our base of operations will be the Sleep Inn Hotel, 601 Anastasia Blvd., Saint Augustine, FL, 32080, minutes from our shooting locations. The Sleep Inn was recently renovated and is a clean, updated hotel. How will we get around? You will be expected to provide your own transportation to St Augustine. We will take the Understand Photography minivan between shooting locations while in St Augustine. What will we be photographing? This Photo Adventure encompasses all types of subjects. You will capture sunrises, the historic architecture of St. Augustine, an ancient Spanish Fortress, and an unrivaled array of wild nesting birds in their natural habitat. What skill level is required? This photo adventure is geared to photographers of all skill levels. Our proven 5 to 1 photographer/mentor ratio allows every adventurer from beginner to advanced to proceed at their own pace. We strongly suggest that you take The Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography course (online or hands-on) if you are not comfortable shooting in the manual setting. Check out the calendar to see when it's offered next. Beginners will enjoy this workshop, but you'll get so much more out of it with the strong foundation you'll receive by taking our Four Weeks course first. What will I learn during the Photo Adventure? At every step of your Photo Adventure Joe will be at your side, sharing his techniques. Our ratio of a maximum of 5 photographers per leader assures that you will receive personal attention and allow you to learn at your own pace. We will cover: • Which of your camera’s exposure modes is preferred for each shooting condition. • Which metering mode works best for each subject. • Using the histogram to improve your exposures. • How to take advantage of your camera’s various auto focus modes. • Fill flash techniques. • Composition. • Filters. • Advanced techniques tailored to your level of knowledge. What equipment should I bring? This Photo Adventure encompasses a wide range of subject matter from very large (the sweep of a beach at sunrise) to very small (a butterfly alighting on a flower). There is a strong emphasis on bird photography. Light sources will range from sun to street lamps. We suggest: • DSLR camera or advanced compact. • Ideally, lenses to provide the equivalent coverage of full frame lenses from 24mm to 300mm. • For “crop” DSLRs this means lenses in the range of 17mm to 200mm. • A circular polarizer if you own one. • Flash. • Better Beamer if you own one. • Tripod. • Remote shutter release. Useful, but your camera’s timer will suffice in a pinch. • Memory cards, bring them all! • Batteries, you will need spares! • Chargers for everything. • Laptop if you have one. For equipment questions email Joe at [masked]. To register call or email Peggy at [masked] or (239)[masked] Include your phone number and email when registering. We need a minimum of three attendees to make this happen so please register early. Please do not make plane reservations until we give you the go ahead.

  • Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography Interactive Online ON SALE!

    Please register here: http://onlinephotoworkshops.com/course/four-weeks-to-proficiency-in-photography/ Once you purchase an online course, you own it for life (for the life of my business, which hopefully, is a long time!). This is an interactive class with tons of support. It’s not like the online classes you’ve taken before with a person just talking at you. Peggy is right there with you so you can ask immediate questions and get immediate answers during class time. Then you can ask questions anytime and get answers within a few hours the rest of the time. Instructor Peggy Farren really simplifies and shows you STEP by STEP how to use your camera. She has a great way of explaining the technical aspects of photography so that even right brain creatives can understand it. We have LOTS of pictures of the cameras and where to find the settings, and also lots of photographs to show you the effects you can achieve. Week One: Shoot in Manual – We’ll get you shooting in the Manual setting in just two hours. This has been our most popular workshop since the start of Understand Photography Training Center. You won’t believe how simple exposure is! You’ll have a surge of confidence after this first class. Week Two: Composition – The Most Important Class you’ll take to Improve Your Photography! Everyone thinks they understand the Rule of Thirds but we find that they really don’t. Learn where your eye naturally goes and how to use leading lines, power points, negative space, color and more to make a more pleasing image. In this workshop, you’ll learn why you are not winning competitions with your images – it’s almost always a composition issue! We teach some basic posing in this class as well. Posing just means you are helping someone look their best. It shouldn’t be grueling or stiff. Learn the simple techniques to make your subjects look great! Week Three: Lighting Essentials - Do you love natural light? So do we! Learn how to take great pictures in natural light. Open shade, add dimension, use reflectors, additive and subtractive light.However, natural light is not practical at all times. Learn to use your flash to create natural looking light when needed. The principles are the same for both pop up flash that comes with your camera and a speedlight. You’ll also learn how to take a speedlight off your camera in the easiest way. Flash can be complicated. We simplify it. Week Four: The Technical Class - Don’t worry! You’ll be ready for this workshop! Metering Modes, White Balance, Drive Modes, Focal point, focus modes and more! We do our best to make the technical stuff easy to understand! The format of each week is this: Day One: A two-hour video. Meet me at your computer at the designated time for each workshop. You can type questions as we go along. If you miss it, you can continue to ask questions in our private Facebook group. Peggy will monitor it often. Day 2, 3, 4: You’ll receive a daily exercise, to seal the information into your brain. It should take 30 minutes or less each day.Day 5: Quiz. Let’s make sure you are really understanding what you’ve learned this week.The next two days are for fun and practice! This will be repeated each week with a different lesson. All classes, assignments, and quizzes will be recorded and available to you on the membership site to watch or review anytime you like, forever (or for the life of my business! LOL!). ~ Peggy Farren, Founder and Instructor, Professional Photographer; in business since 2001. (Check out my site at www.naplesportraits.com) Please register here: http://onlinephotoworkshops.com/course/four-weeks-to-proficiency-in-photography/

  • Old Naples Photo Tour and the Pier

    The fountain at Fleischmann Courtyard

    $79.00

    Learn a little bit about Naples and its history while learning about photography and getting great pictures! We'll walk through Old Naples 3rd Street area and end up on the beach for sunset photos. Again, there will be a lesson on creating fabulous sunset images! Only $79 for a three hour tour. Register here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/old-naples-photo-tour-2019-01-21-2019-02-04-2019-04-01/ Please no walk-ons. If you do walk on and we have room, it's $100 cash. Sign up here at least one hour before the tour for the regular price of $79.00. Bring: Camera and lenses that you are comfortable carrying for a couple hours. All levels of photographers will enjoy this, including cell phone photographers! Tripod - this is REALLY NECESSARY for the sunset images. If you have ND or CPL filters, bring them for the sunset pictures. Sunset: 7:44 pm Park either in the Pier parking or behind Tommy Bahama's. Pier parking costs $ but if you are parked there, you can leave your tripod in the car and run and get it for sunset. It's on 12th Ave S across from Palm Cottage. Please carefully read the refund policy! If the tour is canceled, you will receive a full refund. If not, you can send someone else in your place. However, there are no refunds nor transfers to another tour within 7 days of the tour. Please register as soon as possible. We need a minimum of two participants. This tour is limited to paid participants. We want to keep the group small so that it's a fun and intimate setting. Register here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/old-naples-photo-tour-2019-01-21-2019-02-04-2019-04-01/

  • CANCELLED - Almost Free Photowalk at the Collier County Fair

    Collier County Fairgrounds

    Join Joe Fitzpatrick as he leads a photowalk at Collier County's 42nd anniversary Fair and Exposition on the 20th of March. Sunset will take place around 7:30 p.m., so be prepared for beautiful pictures! There is an admission charge to the fair. $10.00 per adult. More info here: https://www.colliercountyfair.com/fair/admission-megapass Photographers are welcomed and encouraged to attend the event in order to gain knowledge about various photography tips and techniques while also enjoying the event 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 location of the event will be held at: Collier County Fairgrounds[masked]th Ave NE. Naples, FL 34120 Bring your fellow photographer friends and family to enjoy!

  • Old Naples Photo Tour and the Pier

    The fountain at Fleischmann Courtyard

    $79.00

    Learn a little bit about Naples and its history while learning about photography and getting great pictures! We'll walk through Old Naples 3rd Street area and end up on the beach for sunset photos. Again, there will be a lesson on creating fabulous sunset images! Only $79 for a three hour tour. Please no walk-ons. If you do walk on and we have room, it's $100 cash. Sign up here at least one hour before the tour for the regular price of $79.00. Bring: Camera and lenses that you are comfortable carrying for a couple hours. All levels of photographers will enjoy this, including cell phone photographers! Tripod - this is REALLY NECESSARY for the sunset images. If you have ND or CPL filters, bring them for the sunset pictures. Sunset: 7:37 pm Park either in the Pier parking or behind Tommy Bahama's. Pier parking costs $ but if you are parked there, you can leave your tripod in the car and run and get it for sunset. It's on 12th Ave S across from Palm Cottage. Please carefully read the refund policy! If the tour is canceled, you will receive a full refund. If not, you can send someone else in your place. However, there are no refunds nor transfers to another tour within 7 days of the tour. Please register as soon as possible. We need a minimum of two participants. This tour is limited to paid participants. We want to keep the group small so that it's a fun and intimate setting.