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!

Upcoming events (2)

Free Photowalk at Immokalee State Farmers' Market

Immokalee Farmer's Market

Join Joe Fitzpatrick as he leads a free photowalk at the Immokalee State Farmers' Market on May 23rd at 10:00 a.m. Photographers are welcomed and encouraged to attend the event in order to gain knowledge about various photography tips and techniques. All levels of photographers will enjoy this, from professionals to cell phone photographers! Make sure to bring your tripod for the best quality photos! Afterwards, an optional lunch will take place at The Pub & Grill at Ave Maria at 5068 Annunciation Circle Ave Maria, FL 34142. Enjoy an authentic meal after a fun photography photowalk! We will meet in the parking lot of Lozano’s Mexican Restaurant, 405 New Market Rd E, Immokalee, FL 34142. Lozano's is across the street from the Farmers Market. Admission to the event is free, so bring your fellow photographer friends and family to enjoy!

Women’s Photography Weekend Naples Florida

Understand Photography Studio


Join professional photographer Peggy Farren for a women’s photography weekend. This weekend is designed for beginner to intermediate photographers. Enjoy while learning photography and go home with fabulous images! Women’s Photography Weekend, Naples, Florida Friday 6:00 pm. to Sunday 3:00pm. Includes photography instruction, two nights lodging and meals. $699 early registration through May 7, 2019 $799 regular price Single occupancy. We are staying at an adorable Airbnb with a "Superhost" status. We are not sharing rooms. This weekend is designed to give you a good foundation in photography through short classes and lots of hands-on practice. It’s limited to only 3 participants so you’ll get lots of individual attention. You will learn to shoot in manual, take sunset pictures of the pier, have a private boat trip to photograph the Dome Homes on Cape Romano*, Photoshop layers, textures and blending modes, on and off camera flash with a model, HDR (High Dynamic Range) and night photography. The Understand Photography minivan will transport us to our outings. * Itinerary subject to change due to weather. For more information or to register, email Peggy at [masked] or call (239)[masked]. Detailed itinerary: Friday evening: 6:00 pm. Learn to shoot in manual and really, really understand it. As with all our classes, Peggy simplifies the technical aspects of photography to make it easier to learn and understand. We’ll have an hour and a half class, then hop in the van with our tripods to take sunset pictures of the famous Naples pier. Night photography on 5th Ave S. Learn how to do streaking lights, silky water and HDR! Saturday morning it’s up and out! Depending on the weather, we’ll take a private boat trip to photograph the Cape Romano dome homes. The dome homes were built in the 1980s and are slowly being washed out to sea. We lost two of the six during hurricane Irma! We’ll have a little beach time on this mostly deserted island to photograph, swim and relax. We'll have a picnic when we get back on land. 2:30-3:30 pm. Photoshop class. Bring your laptop and we’ll work on our pictures. You’ll learn about layers, blending modes, textures and more. Everything is step by step so amateur or advanced Photoshop users can keep up. 5:00 Dinner. 6:45 pm. Sunset portraits. We’ll have a model so we can learn and practice on and off camera flash. Learn to balance your flash with the background for beautiful sunset portraits. Sunset is at 8:00 pm. Sunday morning: Old Naples Photo Tour. Learn a little bit about the history of Naples while learning about photography. Peggy will guide you to the best pictures, help you with your settings and composition. Sunday brunch (not included in the price) Sunday 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Learn to process HDR pictures. Terms and Conditions: PAYMENT Full payment is due 60 days before the workshop. We accept all major credit cards. CANCELLATION POLICY No refunds or credits within 60 days of the workshop. If your final payment has not been made by 60 days before, we’ll open up your spot and you will lose your initial deposit. On cancellations made before the 60 day cutoff, your deposit will be refunded less a $50 handling fee. Please do not make your airline reservations without checking with us first. If we have to cancel for any reason, Understand Photography will refund all charges paid. We assume no liability for penalties incurred by airlines or any other source. INSURANCE We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance. WAITING LIST If the trip is full, we would be happy to put you on the waiting list in case of a cancellation. It’s $25, which is fully refundable if you do not take the trip or it can be applied toward the trip if a cancellation comes up.

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