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!

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Composition - The Best Class you'll Ever take to Improve your Photography!

Understand Photography Studio


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!

Miami Photo Adventure Day Trip

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Have fun, travel and improve your photography! Pack your camera and join us in Miami for a unique photo adventure. Capture the color and variety of graffiti taken to the level of high art. You will capture spectacular images of all this and more when you join Understand Photography in Miami for this photography workshop day trip. 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 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. $269 regular price January 4-16 STUFF YOU SHOULD KNOW: How will we get around? We'll meet at Understand Photography studio and travel by van to and within Miami. Lunch is not included. You are welcome to bring your own or join us at a reasonably priced restaurant. What will we be photographing? This Photo Adventure encompasses cityscape and streetlife - we will begin in the Winwood Art District and make our way to Vizcaya. What skill level is required? This photo adventure is geared to photographers of all skill levels. Every adventurer from beginner to advanced can proceed at their own pace. We strongly suggest that you take our beginning DSLR course if you are not familiar with the basics of exposure: shutter speed, aperture and ISO. What will I learn during the Photo Adventure? At every step of your Photo Adventure Joe Fitzpatrick will be at your side, sharing techniques . We will cover: Which of your camera’s exposure modes is preferred for each shooting condition. Which metering mode works best for each subject. Using the histogram to improve your exposures. How to take advantage of your camera’s various auto focus modes. Subject isolation. Composition. Filters. Advanced techniques tailored to your level of knowledge. What equipment should I bring? We suggest: DSLR camera or advanced compact. Ideally, lenses to provide the equivalent coverage of full frame lenses from 24mm to 105mm. For “crop” DSLRs this means lenses in the range of 17mm to 85mm. A somewhat longer lens, 200mm might be useful for detail and background blur. A circular polarizer if you own one. Flash. Pop up flash is fine. Tripod. Remote shutter release. Useful, but your camera's timer will suffice in a pinch. Memory cards, bring them all! Batteries, you will need spares. Include your phone number and email when registering. We need a minimum of four attendees to make this happen so please register early. [masked] (239)[masked]

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.

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