Next Meetup

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: 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.

Lakes Park

7330 Gladiolus Dr · Fort Myers, FL

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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!

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