• Worldwide Photowalk – Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary
    Peggy Farren is again leading the Worldwide Photowalk in Naples, sponsored by Scott Kelby. Photographers from all over the world meet on this day for photowalks and share their images on the Worldwide Photowalk website: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/ Scott Kelby began this trend eleven years ago and now there are photowalks hosted in almost every continent and country in the world! You’ll be part of something big! This year there are two types of contests: a photo contest and a video contest. Walkers can enter the walker photo contest and/or the video contest. Details are on the Worldwide Photowalk website. Join Understand Photography for a fun photowalk through this beautiful Audubon sanctuary. This is the time of year when the Florida sunflowers bloom, so hopefully we will see vast fields of the small, yet tall, yellow flower. From the boardwalk, we should be tall enough to get some nice landscape images, however, if you have a SMALL foldable stool, that might help. Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is also known for its wildlife. We’ll stay on the boardwalk so there are places to put your gear down if you’d like to carry a long lens, a landscape lens and a macro. There is just so much to photograph! All levels of photographers will enjoy this, from professionals to cell phone photographers! Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is an amazing place! After the photowalk, we’ll head over to L’Appetito II Pizza & Deli for lunch (optional and Dutch treat). We at Understand Photography don’t charge for this photowalk, but there is an admission to Corkscrew. Admission to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is as follows: Adult: $ 14.00 Full-time college student with photo ID: $ 6.00 National Audubon Society member with membership card: $ 10.00 Student (6-18 years old): $ 4.00 Children under 6: free Friends of Corkscrew members: Free with membership card Please register on the Worldwide Photowalk site to be eligible for prizes: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/

    Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary

    375 Sanctuary Road West · Naples, FL

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  • Free Photowalk – Lakes Park as part of the Worldwide Photowalk
    Once again, Joe Fitzpatrick is leading the Worldwide Photowalk in Fort Myers, sponsored by Scott Kelby. Photographers from all over the world meet on this day for photowalks and share their images on the Worldwide Photowalk website: http://worldwidephotowalk.com/ This year there are two types of contests: a photo contest and a video contest. Walkers can enter the walker photo contest and/or the video contest. Details are on the website. Lakes Regional Park is a 279 acre area containing a 158 acre lake, flower gardens, a cactus garden, a miniature railroad, a steam locomotive and caboose, paths through wooded areas, and a marsh. In short, the park offers an abundance of photo opportunities including wildlife, flowers, and landscapes. Parking within the park is $1.00 per hour or by annual Lee County P&R Pass. We will meet at the North (far) end of parking lot #3 This walk is suitable for photographers of any skill level and any type of camera. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing and come to have fun and make some great photos. We will sharing photo tips and techniques throughout the walk This will mark Joe Fitzpatrick’s 8th year leading or co-leading the Worldwide Walks in Fort Myers and Naples and leading a monthly Understand Photography Free Photowalk. I look forward to seeing the friends I have made at prior walks and making new friends on this one. If you’d like, we’ll grab a bit to eat at a nearby restaurant after the photowalk. Please register on the Worldwide Photowalk website. http://worldwidephotowalk.com/

    Lakes Park

    7330 Gladiolus Dr · Fort Myers, FL

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  • 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/

    Online Event

    Internet · Naples, FL

  • Free Photowalk – Sunset at Harns Marsh
    All Levels Join Joe Fitzpatrick for a free photowalk for landscape sunset pictures, bird photography and more by Understand Photography. Photowalks are not classes, but opportunities to get together with other photo enthusiasts to take pictures. You will be inspired, more than likely learn something and have fun with fellow photographers! Harns Marsh is a beautiful spot, especially at sunset. Bring a wide lens for landscapes and also a long lens for bird photography (if you have those options). You will love our friendly group! Please register below so we know you are coming. We’ll meet WHERE at 6:00 pm. Sunset is at 7:31 pm. From the Harns Marsh website: http://www.myecwcd.net/harns-marsh/ Harns Marsh is located in the eastern portion of Lee County located off of Sunshine Blvd. in Lehigh Acres. In the early 1980’s, LA-MSID transformed the 578-acre farmland into an active stormwater facility helping to filter water and reduce flooding to the Orange River. The water control structures have helped create a lush habitat for snail kites, limpkin and more than 140 species of animals. “The abundance of wildlife at Harns Marsh creates an exciting opportunity for individuals to explore the beauty of southwest Florida,” said David E. Lindsay, LA-MSID District Manager. “It is important for visitors and residents to understand the vital role water quality and conservation plays in keeping our community and environment safe.” Harns Marsh is an active stormwater facility and the District may limit access to Harns Marsh at any time to perform necessary maintenance, etc. Harns Marsh is open for passive recreation and public exploration, from dawn till dusk, or unless otherwise posted. Harns Marsh is not a park and there are no facilities on site. The District asks that you be responsible stewards for our natural environment while visiting the area. Vehicles must be left outside the gate. Directions: From Lee Blvd. head north on Sunshine Blvd., turn left on Olive Ave. N. and then turn left on 38th St. W. and continue to the Marsh

    Harns Marsh

    38th St West · Fort Myers, fl

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  • Cape Romano Dome Homes Boat Trip
    This has been so much fun - we'll do it one more time this summer! Sign up right away as this is in danger of being canceled. We need all five spots filled in order to do it. Hurricane Irma knocked down two of the domes of the Cape Romano Dome Home so we are planning a boat trip to photograph it while it's still standing! Who knows if it will make it through this hurricane season? Please review the refund policy before you register. There are no refunds or transfers within two weeks of this outing unless it's cancelled. You may, however, send someone in your place. I never get tired of seeing this historic and beautiful abandoned home that is being swallowed up by the sea. We are teaming up with Dreamlander Tours out of Goodland to take six photographers (including Joe) to photograph the Dome Homes. Early registration is only $80 per person but please budget at least $10 for a tip for the captain as well. Dreamlander Tours has amazing captains that really go out of their way to please their customers. We've worked with them for many years and it's always a great experience! It's about a 30 minute boat trip each way so we'll have plenty of time to photograph the Dome Homes from several angles. We are sure to see dolphins on our way to or from the Dome Homes too! Bring a wide to medium lens - a[masked]mm on a full frame or 18-55 mm on a crop frame camera will be perfect. If you have a CPL (circular polarizer lens), bring that as well. You won't need a tripod. Please don't bring a ton of equipment or we'll be tripping over it on the boat. Wear a hat, bathing suit and bring a towel in case you are tempted to jump in to the warm water. It will be a hot day! After, you can join us for lunch at Stan's if you like. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning!! Fine Print: We cannot control the weather. Obviously if it is pouring or lightning, we'll cancel. But if it's just raining slightly or if the forecast shows afternoon showers, we are still going to go. If the water is a bit choppy, you'll need a fast shutter speed and some sea sickness pills! Please note we need to sell all five spots in order to make this happen. There is a very small margin so we can't pay for the boat without five people. Sign up as soon as you can and invite your friends! Thanks!!

    Goodland Boating Park

    740 Palm Point Dr · Goodland

    $80.00
  • Underwater Model Session in Peggy's Pool
    11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Chip in for pizza or bring your own lunch. $69 We haven't done this for a while and it's so much fun! We’ll put backgrounds in the pool for color and texture. We have the flowing material and will make sure the models look awesome! Most of my underwater pictures were done in my pool with either a disposable underwater camera from Walmart or my Pentax point and shoot. Check the photos on this site from our past underwater sessions. We’ll take turns in the pool with our models. We figured out a great system to make sure everyone has plenty of time to get awesome images! Bring: An underwater camera (or two or three if you have disposable ones). Your bathing suit and towel. You’ll need a mask for sure too. If you have a weight belt, that would help. Maybe some sunblock too! Some of the photographers brought their scuba gear. I personally just hold my breath! Limit 10 photographers. If you'd like to study before, our online Underwater class is on sale through the summer for only $39. http://onlinephotoworkshops.com/course/underwater-photography-for-beginners/ However, we will help you through this session so it's not a prerequisite. Models: Address will be sent out the day before.

    Needs a location

    $69.00
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  • Sensor Cleaning in Naples and Gear Flea Market
    Isaac Hadid from Southern Photo Technical Service (www.sp-ts.com) will be here in Naples to clean sensors and pick up cameras for repair. We'll also have a "flea market". Bring any camera gear you'd like to sell or give away. I am going to sell or give away of some self stick albums, studio lights, and other miscellaneous stuff that I never use! If you have two or more cameras, just put them in as your "guests" when you register. He'll be at Florida Southwestern College from 8:15 a.m to 9 a.m. (before the Seth Resnick lecture - details here: http://dpi-sig.org/featuredexpertpresentations/) then at Understand Photography studio starting at 9:45 a.m. You can drop your cameras off at the college until 9 a.m. or at Understand Photography studio after. Please drop off your cameras by noon if possible. Included with each sensor cleaning is one free lens cleaning. Extra lenses are $5 for each cleaning. Depending on how busy he is, you can either wait or come back to pick your camera. Rocky can give you an estimate when you drop off the camera. You can also drop off broken cameras. Isaac may be able to give you an estimate right then. All cameras will need to be picked up by 3:00 pm. at Understand Photography Studio. We assume no liability if the cameras are not picked up. This is such a great service that Southern Photo Technical Service provides for us in Naples. Don't miss it!

    Understand Photography Studio

    2383 Linwood Ave #302 · Naples, FL

    $50.00
  • Cape Romano Dome Homes Boat Trip
    This event is full. If you are interested in being put on the waiting list or going on a different date, email me at [masked]. Hurricane Irma knocked down two of the domes of the Cape Romano Dome Home so we are planning a boat trip to photograph it while it's still standing! Who knows if it will make it through this hurricane season? Please review the refund policy before you register. There are no refunds or transfers within two weeks of this outing unless it's cancelled. You may, however, send someone in your place. I never get tired of seeing this historic and beautiful abandoned home that is being swallowed up by the sea. We are teaming up with Dreamlander Tours out of Goodland to take six photographers (including Joe) to photograph the Dome Homes. Early registration is only $80 per person but please budget at least $10 for a tip for the captain as well. Dreamlander Tours has amazing captains that really go out of their way to please their customers. We've worked with them for many years and it's always a great experience! It's about a 30 minute boat trip each way so we'll have plenty of time to photograph the Dome Homes from several angles. We are sure to see dolphins on our way to or from the Dome Homes too! Bring a wide to medium lens - a[masked]mm on a full frame or 18-55 mm on a crop frame camera will be perfect. If you have a CPL (circular polarizer lens), bring that as well. You won't need a tripod. Please don't bring a ton of equipment or we'll be tripping over it on the boat. Wear a hat, bathing suit and bring a towel in case you are tempted to jump in to the warm water. It will be a hot day! After, you can join us for lunch at Stan's if you like. What a great way to spend a Saturday morning!! Fine Print: We cannot control the weather. Obviously if it is pouring or lightning, we'll cancel. But if it's just raining slightly or if the forecast shows afternoon showers, we are still going to go. If the water is a bit choppy, you'll need a fast shutter speed and some sea sickness pills! Please note we need to sell all five spots in order to make this happen. There is a very small margin so we can't pay for the boat without five people. Sign up as soon as you can and invite your friends! Thanks!!

    Goodland Boating Park

    740 Palm Point Dr · Goodland

    $80.00
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  • Creative Editing for Portraits using Photoshop - PANAMA CITY, Florida
    Please note: You cannot register here. You must register on The Light Room's site: https://www.thelightroompc.com/ In this workshop in Panama City, Florida, Peggy Farren will show us several of the techniques she uses in Photoshop to take a "nice" picture to an artistic masterpiece. You'll learn about: Adding textures, layers, use layer masks, blending modes, and how to achieve an artistic portrait look. Add sun flares, fog and other elements to truly create a beautiful and artistic portrait. Children and Portrait photographers ~ this workshop will help you differentiate your work from everyone else's out there! You can follow along and create your masterpiece on your own laptop. Prerequisite - You must have a foundation in Photoshop for a successful learning experience. This is not a beginner workshop. What to bring: -Any pictures you would like to work on (pictures from August 4 portrait workshop suggested). -Card reader -Laptop or desktop with Photoshop loaded and tested before you come to class. -Wacom tablet (optional but helpful) If you don't have a wacom, please bring a mouse. If you are editing on a trackpad, you probably don't have the experience needed for this workshop. This is for intermediate to advanced Photoshop or Elements users. Sunday, August 5, 1-4pm, $99 Remember: You cannot register here. You must register on The Light Room's site: https://www.thelightroompc.com/

    The Light Room

    306 Harrison Avenue · Panama City, fl

  • Sunset Portraiture - The Light Room PANAMA CITY, Florida
    Join Peggy Farren in Panama City, Florida for a workshop all about lighting and flash photography! The motto at Understand Photography is “We Simplify the Technical.” If you’ve struggled with how to create natural or even dramatic looking flash photography, you’ll love Peggy’s teaching style. You’ll learn about: -Speedlights off and on camera. -Studio lighting using speedlights. -Sunset portraits using speedlights – on and off camera. If you have a pop-up flash on your camera you will also enjoy this workshop, but it's really geared toward speedlight users. Prerequisite - you must be comfortable shooting in the manual mode on your camera. We'll start at The Light Room to learn and practice with our flashes, then head out for a sunset photo shoot with a model. (Sunset is at 7:32 pm.) What to Bring: DSLR or equivelent camera with a fully charged battery • Speedlight, if you have one. If not, your pop-up flash will do. • Fully and freshly charged and extra batteries for your speedlight. Speedlights drain batteries very quickly! • As always, bring your camera and speedlight manuals. Please register as early as possible at https://www.thelightroompc.com. Please note, you cannot register here on our site. Saturday, August 4, 3pm - 8pm, $129

    The Light Room

    306 Harrison Avenue · Panama City, fl