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How to Get the Most of Out of This Site by Peggy Farren

At Understand Photography, our motto is "We Simplify the Technical". Our blog posts, as well as all our training programs and materials, are designed with that in mind. Meet Peggy Farren, the founder of Understand Photography, as she explains how to get the most of this website.

Our Trips and Excursions

Cuba, Everglades, Old Naples Photo Tour, Women Only trips and more. Peggy Farren and Joe Fitzpatrick will give a very brief overview of what makes our excursions so special.

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Photography Training

Photography Training

We offer simplified, step by step photography training in different formats.

We highly recommend everyone begins with our Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography course. This course is a live, interactive online class with lots of support! and includes practice assignments.

We also offer training through hands-on, in person workshops and private lessons.

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Tours and Trips

Tours and Trips

Join us for a short two hour tour, a day trip or spend days with us!

With the exception of our trips to Cuba, we limit attendance to five or six photographers per tour so that everyone can get individual attention.

We plan our tours so that every level of photographer will learn, have lots of fun and leave with amazing images!

We specialize in tours to Cuba, short Florida trips (we live here after all!) and Women-only trips.

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Product Store

Product Store

Here are our products and services, as well as trusted affiliates, partners and friends' products.

Do you need your camera cleaned or repaired? Would you like a custom photo bag created just for you?

Our classes and trips can be purchased here as well!

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“ Peggy and Joe are wonderful photographers with a gift for explaining things well. ”

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The Understand Photography Show

Live Show Schedule

Here is the schedule for the upcoming LIVE episodes of The Understand Photography Show! This schedule is updated frequently. Each episode is live on every Friday at 4 p.m. EDT. After each episode, we post the show notes right here on our website!

The Understand Photography Show

Episode 51: A Photographer in Paris with Brian Jannsen

On this episode of The Understand Photography Show Peggy Farren interviews travel photographer Brian Jannsen and learns some tips for a successful photo tour of Paris. Brian leads photography workshops in Europe and spends many months of his time traveling with his camera and gear.

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Episode 50: Camera Straps and Bags with Joe Fitzpatrick

Peggy Farren talks with Joe Fitzpatrick about the options available for carrying your camera gear. Joe is the lead instructor at Understand Photography as well as the President of the Florida Camera Club Council. He shares with us some of his overflowing knowledge about camera equipment and gear.

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Episode 49 - Preparing for a Photo Trip with Brain Jannsen

Peggy Farren interviews travel photographer Brian Jannsen on Episode 49 of The Understand Photography Show. Brian travels the world taking pictures and leading photo workshops. He shares some great tips for planning, packing, and getting some beautiful images while you're there!

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The Understand Photography Show: Episode 48- An Explanation of Flash Triggers with Joe Fitzpatrick

Peggy Farren interviews Florida Camera Club Council President Joe Fitzpatrick as he talks about flash triggers. Joe knows so much about everything related to photography, and what he doesn't know he spends hours researching and learning! Join us as we learn the differences between IR and RF triggers for both Manual and TTL systems.

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The Understand Photography Show: Episode 47 - Photographing the Solar Eclipse with LeMoyne Johnson

The Understand Photography Show host Peggy Farren interviews the president and owner of Johnson Photo Imaging, LeMoyne Johnson. LeMoyne has done a lot of homework to prepare for the solar eclipse on August 21. He shares some information about the best places to be and what equipment you'll need to photograph this once in a lifetime event.

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Understand Photography Show Episode 46: Landscapes with Diversity with Robert L. Chaplin

On Episode 46 of The Understand Photography Show Peggy Farren interviews landscape photographer and workshop leader Robert Chaplin. Robert tells us about his different workshops in the Everglades and talks with Peggy about what it means to be a good leader and get the best experience for his clients.

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The Understand Photography Show Episode 45: From Sand to Snow, Photographing wildlife with Mary Goetzinger

Peggy Farren interviews wildlife and bird photographer Mary Goetzinger on the Understand Photography Show. Mary shares stories about some of her photography adventures in cold and snowy Yellowstone National Park as well as the warm and sandy beaches of the gulf coast.

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The Understand Photography Show: Episode 44 - Nature and Fine Art Photography with Sara Lopez

Peggy Farren interviews nature and fine art photographer Sara Lopez on this edition of The Understand Photography Show. Sara and her husband Dick Fortune work together to create stunning images of local south Florida wildlife. Sara shares stories of luck, patience, and persistence in displaying and selling their work.

About Peggy

Peggy Farren is an award winning, professional photographer, instructor, writer and speaker.

With over 17 years as a fulltime professional photographer, Peggy offers photography training through her training center “Understand Photography”.

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I am THRILLED with what I have learned!

This class (Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography) is great because Peggy explains things in a logical easy-to -understand way. Plus she shows photos to demonstrate the points.

Julie Pecoraro

Essential Preparation Tips for Travel Photography

This free report will help you choose the right cameras, lenses and accessories for your travels. You'll need different equipment depending on where you are going, your finances, and the weight of the gear. We'll show you how to determine the best equipment for your needs. Also included is a comprehensive list on what you'll need, some things you may not have heard before but you'll be so glad we let you know!

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Essential Preparation Tips for Travel Photography

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