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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Lighting Essentials including Flash Photography

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Open shade, subtractive lighting, additive lighting, working with whatever light you have. Speedlight and pop up flash basics on camera. The word Photography literally means Writing with Light. Learn to work with and understand lighting. $79 early registration through two weeks before $99 regular price Prerequisite - you must be comfortable shooting in the manual setting on your camera. Please take our DSLR exposure basics class first. This is a great second class! If you've ever taken instruction from Peggy Farren, you know how she simplifies everything! Learn basic lighting in this easy to understand class. We will bring in a model so that you can practice what you've learned to seal the info into your brain! Look good because you may end up in pictures as we practice on each other! Please register as early as possible! Bring: • DSLR camera with a fully charged battery • Speedlight, if you have one. If not, your pop-up flash will do. • Fully charged and extra batteries for your speedlight • As always, bring your camera and speedlight manuals.

Fine Tuning the Technical Side of Your Photography

Understand Photography Studio


Fine Tuning the Technical Side of Your Photography for those with cameras that shoot in the manual mode $79 early registration price through two weeks before $99 regular price This class builds on what we learned in Shoot in Manual- Exposure. Bring your camera with a fully charged battery and your camera manual for this hands on workshop! In this class, we'll have a quick review of Exposure since it is the foundation of photography and the most important thing for you to know. • We'll go over the Menus and how to find what you are looking for. • White Balance - You will learn how to manage the colors of your camera under any lighting condition. We talk about setting your Kelvin number and Custom White balance. Shooting in RAW is helpful but getting the color right as you shoot will give you the most beautiful images. • Focal points and Focus Modes - How to change and why you would! Sharp pictures every time! • Metering modes - Evaluative, Matrix, Spot, Center Weighted. Your metering mode affects your exposure. Learn which metering mode is best for which circumstance. And of course, you'll learn HOW to change them. • Drive modes - Single, continuous and timer. Why, when and how! • Exposure compensation. How to and why. • Practice time!! Practicing with the instructor right there will help you remember and seal into your brain what you just learned. Plus it's fun!! Just by taking and UNDERSTANDING what we teach in the Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography, you will have such a great foundation in your photography education. Everything will start making sense. Please join us on our free photowalks and practice what you've learned!

Everglades 4 Day Photo Adventure

Quality Inn Florida City - Homestead


Sold out. Please email [masked] to be put on the waiting list. Thanks! Peggy and Joe $849 early registration price through December 31, 2018 $949 regular price Per person; double occupancy Single occupancy $145 extra, based on availability. 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. 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. You will capture spectacular images of all this and more when you 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. 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 hotel at 4:00 PM on Thursday and concludes in the Shark Valley section of Everglades National Park on Sunday. Price includes three nights lodging, double occupancy, at the Quality Inn Homestead - Florida City, FL and all admission fees. Price listed is per person, double occupancy. Single occupancy $145 extra, based on availability. 50% retainer, final payment due 30 days before. Everglades Photo Adventure – Stuff You Want to Know Where will we be staying? Our base of operations will be the Quality Inn Florida City - Homestead 333 S.E. 1st Ave., US Hwy. #1, Florida City, FL, US, 33034, +1 (786)[masked] on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. The hotel is minutes from the main entrance to Everglades National Park. Our first day begins with a get acquainted meeting on Thursday at 4:00 PM at the hotel. The gathering will be followed by a presentation on successful bird photography techniques. How will we get around? You will be expected to provide your own transportation to the hotel. From there we will travel in the Understand Photography Minivan. What will we be photographing? This Photo Adventure encompasses landscape and wildlife subjects. Everglades National Park comprises over 2300 square miles of unique wilderness, the river of grass, and is home to countless species of wildlife. What skill level is required? This photo adventure is geared to photographers of all skill levels. Our proven 5 to 1 photographer/mentor ratio allows every adventurer from beginner to advanced to 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 will be at your side, sharing his techniques. Our ratio of a maximum of 5 photographers per leader assures that you will receive personal attention and allow you to learn at your own pace. 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. • Composition. • Filters. • Advanced techniques tailored to your level of knowledge. What equipment should I bring? This Photo Adventure encompasses a wide range of subject matter from very large, the sweep of the river of grass, to very small, a dragonfly alighting on a flower. We suggest: • DSLR camera or advanced compact (bridge camera). • Ideally, lenses to provide the equivalent coverage of full frame lenses from 24mm to 500mm or longer. • For “crop” DSLRs this means lenses in the range of 17mm to 300mm or longer. • A lens with close focusing ability so you can fill your frame with a flower or butterfly is useful. • A circular polarizer if you own one. • 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. Chargers for everything. • Laptop if you have one. NOTE! Our National Park Service Permit prohibits the use of flash photography. Include your phone number and email when registering. We need a minimum of three attendees to make this happen so please register early. Please do not make plane reservations until we give you the go ahead. We highly recommend travel insurance. There are no refunds within 30 days of the event.

Sensor Cleaning in Naples

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$50 Isaac Hadid from Southern Photo Technical Service (www.sp-ts.com) will be here in Naples to clean sensors and pick up cameras for repair. Please register early and you'll save $10! Please register on our website: https://www.understandphotography.com/event/sensor-cleaning-in-naples-2/ We need at least 20 cameras registered for cleaning in order to make it worth Isaac's time to travel and spend the day here. He'll be at Understand Photography studio starting at 8:30 a.m. Please drop off your cameras between 8:30 a.m. and noon or he may not have time to clean them. Depending on how busy he is, you can either wait or come back to pick your camera. Rocky can give you an estimate when you drop off the camera. All cameras will need to be picked up by 2:30 pm. at Understand Photography Studio. We assume no liability if the cameras are not picked up. This is such a great service that Southern Photo Technical Service provides for us in Naples. Don't miss it!

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