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!


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+)

Free Photowalk Lovers Key Park

Lovers Key State Park

Join Joe Fitzpatrick as he leads a free Photowalk on the beautiful beaches of Fort Myers at Lovers Key State Park. Photographers are welcomed and encouraged to attend the event in order to gain knowledge about various photography tips and techniques. For years, Lovers Key was accessible only by boat and it was said that only lovers traveled to the island to enjoy its remote and solitary beach. Today, it is one of four barrier islands that make up this state park. A haven for wildlife, the islands and their waters are home to West Indian manatees, bottlenose dolphins, roseate spoonbills, marsh rabbits, and bald eagles. The two mile long beach is accessible by boardwalk or tram and is popular for shelling, swimming, picnicking and sunbathing and of course capturing beautiful pictures. Black Island has over five miles of multi-use trails for hiking and bicycling. The park's concession offers kayak tours, as well as bicycle, canoe, kayak, paddleboard, beach chair and umbrella rentals. 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 event is on January 19th, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Sunset begins at 5:54, which makes it the perfect time to capture the true essence of Florida's beauty. The location of the event will be held at: 8700 Estero Blvd. Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931 Park Admission Fees $8.00 per vehicle. Limit 2-8 people per vehicle. $4.00 Single Occupant Vehicle and Motorcycles. $2.00 Pedestrians, bicyclists, extra passengers, passengers in vehicle with holder of Annual Individual Entrance Pass.

Old Naples Photo Tour and the Pier

The fountain at Fleischmann Courtyard


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: 6:01 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.

Lighting Essentials including Flash Photography

Understand Photography Studio


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

Understand Photography Studio


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!

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