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!

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Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography Interactive Online

PLease register here: http://onlinephotoworkshops.com/course/four-weeks-to-proficiency-in-photography/ 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 flashes 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 Interactive Online

PLease register here: http://onlinephotoworkshops.com/course/four-weeks-to-proficiency-in-photography/ 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 flashes 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/

Tuscany Ladies Photo Workshop and Tour

Tuscany

…..Two openings left! Have you ever fantasized about traveling the Tuscan countryside with your camera with someone who knows exactly where to go and which camera settings to use to make amazing photographs? Join us for an 8 day/7 night guided tour and photography workshop through the vineyards and iconic villages of Tuscany. Join Peggy Farren and our local Italian guide, Stefano Caporali, for a week of photography and fun in Tuscany! Stefano is an active photographer and instructor who lives right in the area so knows the best photo spots, as well as the people, best places to eat and stay! Stefano was Peggy’s amazing guide the last time she was in Tuscany. Check out Stefano’s 500px site: https://500px.com/stefanocaporali Please note this trip is limited to only seven participants so register early! To see details, pictures and to register click here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/tuscany-ladies-photo-workshop-and-tour/ We want this photo trip to be a mind-blowing experience for you! You will be taken to amazing spots at the best light. Peggy and Stefano will give lessons and suggestions along the way. We’ll have formal editing lessons so not only will you take amazing photographs, you’ll process them for even more impact! The photography will be amazing, and we are also adding some fun, Italian things to do. We are still working on the details but you know food and wine will be involved! We are staying at an adorable “agriturismo”, an ancient farmhouse restored and made into an inn. Check it out here: http://www.palazzoconti.eu/ Each participant will have her own bedroom but will probably share an apartment. We are close to making airline reservations so please register as soon as you can. $3995 Double occupancy – single bedrooms but shared apartments What’s included: Accommodations for seven nights Breakfast, lunches and three dinners Entry fees if applicable Transportation from the Rome airport (See the fine print below)** Transportation during the photo workshop Photography and Photoshop lessons What’s not included: Airfare 4 dinners **Transportation from Rome is included as long as everyone is ready to leave Rome within two hours of each other. If one or two people cannot get a flight at a similar time, you will be responsible for your own transportation to our inn in Tuscany. Please do not make plane reservations until we give you the go ahead. We will make reservations around July 1. To register call or email Peggy Farren at [masked] or (239)[masked] As this trip is nonrefundable (unless canceled), we highly recommend travel insurance. Please contact us for suggestions if you don’t have a travel insurance company. We will send out information about what lenses and gear to bring. This might be the time to invest in a good tripod. Just keep in mind the weight, since you’ll have to carry your own gear. To see details, pictures and to register click here: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/tuscany-ladies-photo-workshop-and-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-2/ Early Registration Price only $1295 Regular price $1,495

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