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Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography Interactive Online
Please register here: 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 Please register here:


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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

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!

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 or call us (239) 263-7001.

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

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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 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!

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