What we're about

Welcome to Understand Photography! Our main website has the most current schedule and information: http://www.UnderstandPhotography.com

We are 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 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!

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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 for improving their teaching skills. We've kept our five star rating with Meetup for over ten 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 the 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.

Upcoming events (5+)

Everglades 4 Day Tour

Everglades

Join Understand Photography in the Everglades for a 4 day photography workshop. 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. The Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. Sweeping vistas of the river of grass, lakes, mangrove forests, dense, jungle-like, hardwood hammocks, and subtropical pine forests are yours to capture. Wildlife is everywhere. Birds, the Everglades is host to 350 species, as well as the ever-present alligators will provide you with unique photo opportunities. 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 field workshop will offer you the opportunity to photograph breathtaking landscapes and a wide range of wildlife under a variety of lighting conditions. Your photographic exploration begins with an introductory gathering at the Travelodge Florida City at 4:00 PM on Thursday and concludes in the Shark Valley section of Everglades National Park on Sunday. Please note this trip is limited to only 5 participants so register early! To see details, pictures and to register, click here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/everglades-4-day-photo-adventure-2/ Early Registration Price only $1295 Regular price $1,495

Everglades Day Tour

Everglades

The Everglades, called Pa-hay-okee, the grassy water, by the Seminoles, is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. At its heart is a slow moving freshwater river, 60 miles wide and over 100 miles long. Its 1.5 million acres contains a wide variety of plants and animals, many threatened or endangered. Wildlife is everywhere. The Everglades is host to 350 species, as well as the ever present alligators will provide you with unique photo opportunities. You will capture spectacular images of all this and more when you join Understand Photography in the Everglades for a day-long photography workshop. Your day long adventure will start when board our van at the Understand Photography Studio in Naples. 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. This trip is limited to five participants so that everyone will receive personal attention. $239 Early Registration (up until 1 month prior) $269 Regular Price To see details, pictures, and to register click here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/everglades-day-tour/

Everglades 4 Day Tour

Everglades

Join Understand Photography in the Everglades for a 4 day photography workshop. 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. The Everglades is the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. Sweeping vistas of the river of grass, lakes, mangrove forests, dense, jungle-like, hardwood hammocks, and subtropical pine forests are yours to capture. Wildlife is everywhere. Birds, the Everglades is host to 350 species, as well as the ever-present alligators will provide you with unique photo opportunities. 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 field workshop will offer you the opportunity to photograph breathtaking landscapes and a wide range of wildlife under a variety of lighting conditions. Your photographic exploration begins with an introductory gathering at the Travelodge Florida City at 4:00 PM on Thursday and concludes in the Shark Valley section of Everglades National Park on Sunday. Please note this trip is limited to only 5 participants so register early! To see details, pictures and to register, click here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/everglades-4-day-photo-adventure/ Early Registration Price only $1295 Regular price $1,495

Wakodahatchee Wetlands & Butterfly World Transportation included

Understand Photography Studio

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. To get tickets, please register on our website: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/wakodahatchee-wetlands-butterfly-world-transportation-included/ $239 early registration $269 regular price 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.

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