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!

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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 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+)

Old Naples Photo Tour and the Pier

The fountain at Fleischmann Courtyard

$79.00

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. Sign up here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/old-naples-photo-tour-2019-01-21-2019-02-04-2019-02-18/ 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: 6:22 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. Sign up here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/old-naples-photo-tour-2019-01-21-2019-02-04-2019-02-18/

Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography Interactive Online

PLease register here: http://onlinephotoworkshops.com/course/four-weeks-to-proficiency-in-photography/ All of our online classes are on sale through February 5. Once you purchase an online course, you own it for life (for the life of my business, which hopefully, is a long time!). This is an interactive class with tons of support. It’s not like the online classes you’ve taken before with a person just talking at you. Peggy is right there with you so you can ask immediate questions and get immediate answers during class time. Then you can ask questions anytime and get answers within a few hours the rest of the time. Instructor Peggy Farren really simplifies and shows you STEP by STEP how to use your camera. She has a great way of explaining the technical aspects of photography so that even right brain creatives can understand it. We have LOTS of pictures of the cameras and where to find the settings, and also lots of photographs to show you the effects you can achieve. Week One: Shoot in Manual – We’ll get you shooting in the Manual setting in just two hours. This has been our most popular workshop since the start of Understand Photography Training Center. You won’t believe how simple exposure is! You’ll have a surge of confidence after this first class. Week Two: Composition – The Most Important Class you’ll take to Improve Your Photography! Everyone thinks they understand the Rule of Thirds but we find that they really don’t. Learn where your eye naturally goes and how to use leading lines, power points, negative space, color and more to make a more pleasing image. In this workshop, you’ll learn why you are not winning competitions with your images – it’s almost always a composition issue! We teach some basic posing in this class as well. Posing just means you are helping someone look their best. It shouldn’t be grueling or stiff. Learn the simple techniques to make your subjects look great! Week Three: Lighting Essentials - Do you love natural light? So do we! Learn how to take great pictures in natural light. Open shade, add dimension, use reflectors, additive and subtractive light.However, natural light is not practical at all times. Learn to use your flash to create natural looking light when needed. The principles are the same for both pop up flash that comes with your camera and a speedlight. You’ll also learn how to take a speedlight off your camera in the easiest way. Flash can be complicated. We simplify it. Week Four: The Technical Class - Don’t worry! You’ll be ready for this workshop! Metering Modes, White Balance, Drive Modes, Focal point, focus modes and more! We do our best to make the technical stuff easy to understand! The format of each week is this: Day One: A two-hour video. Meet me at your computer at the designated time for each workshop. You can type questions as we go along. If you miss it, you can continue to ask questions in our private Facebook group. Peggy will monitor it often. Day 2, 3, 4: You’ll receive a daily exercise, to seal the information into your brain. It should take 30 minutes or less each day.Day 5: Quiz. Let’s make sure you are really understanding what you’ve learned this week.The next two days are for fun and practice! This will be repeated each week with a different lesson. All classes, assignments, and quizzes will be recorded and available to you on the membership site to watch or review anytime you like, forever (or for the life of my business! LOL!). ~ Peggy Farren, Founder and Instructor, Professional Photographer; in business since 2001. (Check out my site at www.naplesportraits.com) Please register here: http://onlinephotoworkshops.com/course/four-weeks-to-proficiency-in-photography/

Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography: Hands-On Course

Understand Photography Studio

$297.00

Do you REALLY understand exposure and how to shoot in the manual setting? How to win at photography competitions – as a frequent judge, Peggy will reveal the most common disqualification reasons and how you can overcome them. Does using flash intimidate you? It’s not as tough as you think! Are you about to take an exotic trip and want to be sure you come home with awe-inspiring pictures? Are your technical insecurities keeping you from earning a good living in photography? Avoid feeling overwhelmed by learning what is vital to know to produce great images consistently. …. and much, much more! We’ll help you put together a clear plan of action to get a solid photography education. The Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography is designed to give you a solid photography education in just four short weeks. Week One: Shoot in Manual and Understand Exposure – We’ll get you shooting in the Manual setting in just two hours. This has been our most popular workshop since the start of Understand Photography Training Center. Two and a half hour class. Week Two: Composition – The Most Important Class you’ll take to Improve Your Photography! Everyone thinks they understand the Rule of Thirds but we find that they really don’t. Learn where your eye naturally goes and how to use leading lines, power points, negative space, color and more to make a more pleasing image. In this workshop, you’ll learn why you are not winning competitions with your images – it’s almost always a composition issue! THREE hour class. Week Three: Lighting Essentials – Learn to see the light. Work with natural light. Work in Open Shade. Learn to use your flash to create natural looking light when needed. The principles are the same for both pop up flash that comes with your camera and a speedlight. Flash can be complicated. We simplify it. THREE hour class. Week Four: The Technical Class: Don’t worry! You’ll be ready for this workshop! Metering Modes, White Balance, Drive Modes, Focal point, focus modes and more! We do our best to make the technical stuff easy to understand! Two and a half hour class. Classes are held at Understand Photography Studio. We designed the course with all the necessary things you need to know, and skipped a lot of the extras. We want you to gain confidence in shooting in manual and really understanding exposure and the basics. With a solid foundation, you’ll be taking fabulous photographs in just a few short weeks! Once you have a strong foundation, EVERYTHING else will come so easily for you! I've watched so many photographers struggle for years, just because they never got a good understanding of the important basics. You can do this! We work really hard to keep thing simple!! ~Peggy Farren Founder and Instructor Professional Photographer (Check out my site at www.naplesportraits.com) In business since 2001. Please note we offer this as an online class as well. Many students choose to do both the hands on and online course. You'll receive a substantial discount on the online class if you choose to do this. Just let us know. http://understandphotography.com/shop/four-weeks-to-proficiency-in-photography/

Shoot in Manual and Understand Exposure

Understand Photography Studio

$79.00

Please note that this is the first of the "Four Weeks to Proficiency" classes. You may take one class, all of them or some of them! Obviously it's best to take all four in a row! To register for all four classes at a discount, click HERE. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ DSLR operation and exposure basics Please note this is a class for users with DSLR, bridge and mirrorless cameras that shoot in the manual setting. Not sure if you have one? Scroll down. Two hour workshop Bring your camera and manual $79 early registration through October 6, 2018 $99 regular price This is our most popular workshop! This class is why our group has grown so much. It's such a great place to start! If you want to learn the basic technical info in an easy to understand, hands on class, this is for you. Come to this workshop to learn about basic settings for shooting in manual mode, Fstops, camera lens basics, etc. It's not going to be super technical but you'll learn enough to get out of automatic mode and feel comfortable controlling your camera. Take this class and start taking pictures in manual setting with a perfect exposure right away! This will be in a classroom type setting. Bring your camera so you'll be able to practice what we are learning. We'll keep it small so each participant can get a little individual help. Since every camera is different, bring your manual. PLEASE FULLY CHARGE YOUR BATTERY! And then don't forget to bring the battery! Reservations required. See you there! Instructor: Peggy Farren of Avant-Garde Images, Inc. http://www.naplesportraits.com PLEASE BE SURE YOU HAVE A CAMERA THAT SHOOTS IN THE MANUAL SETTING BEFORE REGISTERING FOR THIS WORKSHOP! 1. If your lens does not come off, you do not have a DSLR. You may still be able to take this class if you are positive your camera can shoot in the manual setting. 2. If you are unsure, please email Peggy at [masked] with your make and model number and she can verify. DSLR and mirrorless cameras pretty much all work the same and therefore we can offer a group workshop. Some bridge are similar to DSLRs so please inquire if you have one. ~~~~~~~~~~~~ We offer private lessons for point and shoot or bridge users. Please email us at [masked] for more info or read about them here: http://understandphotography.com/step-by-step-training/private-lessons/

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Everglades 4 Day Photo Adventure

Quality Inn Florida City - Homestead

$849.00

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