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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 www.facebook.com/UnderstandPhotography 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 13 Show Notes: Commercial Photography ft. David Sussman

Thanks for tuning into episode 13 of The Understand Photography Show! To watch the video replay now, visit us on YouTube: To hear this episode as a podcast, visit us on Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/understandphotography Here are the show notes for episode 13.

Photography Equipment Advice & Reviews

Wedding Photographer - Equipment Needed

Wedding photography is often the fastest way to go full-time as a photographer.  It's fun, challenging and very rewarding!  If you haven't yet, please read my post geared toward brides on How to Choose a Wedding Photographer:

Photography & Software Techniques

Maximizing Your Filter Collection Using Step Rings

by Joe Fitzpatrick Modern post processing software, as good as it is, still can't replicate the effect of some filters. Polarizing Filters, for example, can eliminate glare and reflections far more effectively than post processing software. Unfortunately, good filters can be fairly pricey. A good quality Circular Polarizer in the 77mm size will cost well over $100.

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Episode 12 Show Notes: Extreme Sports Photography + More ft. Dennis Axer

Thanks for tuning into episode 12 of The Understand Photography Show! To watch the video replay now, visit us on YouTube: https://youtu.be/9MF793-dOSI To hear this episode as a podcast, visit us on Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/understandphotography Here are the show notes for episode 12.

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Episode 11 Show Notes: Landscape Photography ft. Gareth Rockliffe

Thanks for tuning into episode 11 of The Understand Photography Show! To watch the video replay now, visit us on YouTube: To hear this episode as a podcast, visit us on Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/understandphotography Here are the show notes for episode 11. Check out Gareth Rockliffe's website here: http://www.garethrockliffe.com/

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Episode 10 Show Notes: Selling Your Art ft. Carolyn Edlund

Thanks for tuning into episode 10 of The Understand Photography Show! To watch the video replay now, visit us on YouTube: To hear this episode as a podcast, visit us on Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/understandphotography

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Episode 9 Show Notes: Lightroom Tips ft. Joe Fitzpatrick

Thanks for tuning into episode 9 of The Understand Photography Show! To watch the video replay now, visit us on YouTube: To hear this episode as a podcast, visit us on Soundcloud: http://www.soundcloud.com/understandphotography Here are the show notes for episode 8.

Photography & Software Techniques

Help! My Photos Are All Over the Place!

Simple tips to help you organize your photos. One of the biggest problems we have as photographers is keeping our photographs organized. Some of our pictures are on our computer, our smart phone and/or our tablet. Here is a simple guide to getting yourself organized. I said simple, not easy!

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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