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 Downtown Fort Myers Car Cruise-In

Downtown Fort Myers

Join Joe Fitzpatrick as he leads a photowalk in Downtown Fort Myers during their Car Cruise-In! From classic to cool, downtown streets are lined with the sight of these show cars. Music, food and more! Free to the public with many venues featuring additional specials. 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 event will be held on February 24th from 1-3 p.m. The location of the event will be held in Downtown Fort Myers between First and Monroe street. The event admission is free, so bring your fellow photographer friends and family!

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!

Wakodahatchee Wetlands & Butterfly World Transportation included

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$269 regular price On this trip you will have a variety of subjects to photography at two great locations. The morning will find us at Wakodahatchee Wetlands. The wetlands are a 50 acre preserve with a ¾ mile boardwalk. You will be able to photograph Wood Storks, Anhingas, and Cormorants in various stages of nest building, incubating eggs, and feeding their young. Alligators, moorhens, gallinules, and iguanas are amongst the other wildlife that is also commonly seen in the wetlands. We will take a mid day break for lunch. Lunch is not included so pack you own or join Joe at Ruven’s Deli. After lunch we will journey to Butterfly World, the largest park of its kind in the world. Far more than just butterflies, you will photograph hummingbirds, macaws, lorikeets, and other exotic birds. 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. We'll arrive back to Naples around 6 pm. Please note that time is approximate and depends on traffic.

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: 6:30 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.

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