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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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Photography & Software Techniques

My First Attempt at Levitation Photography

I love some of the creative photographs I see on social media! One of the photographers in the Understand Photography Facebook group was on a levitation kick and posted several cool shots. On a recent photoshoot, I decided to try it. I took three or four of each person, positioning myself in the exact same place for each photograph.

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Upcoming Live Shows

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!

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Episode 3 Show Notes: Exposure

Here are the links mentioned in episode 3 of the Understand Photography Show.

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Episode 2 Show Notes: Travel Photography Preparation and Tips

As promised, here are the resources mentioned in episode 2 of The Understand Photography Show!

Photography & Software Techniques

10 Tips for Traveling Photographers

By Cindy Baldwin A few years ago while traveling in Italy, I made a big mistake. I forgot to bring extra batteries for my camera. Instead of eating a stracciatella gelato while looking out on Lake Como, I spent all afternoon looking for a store that sold the right type of camera battery. Since then, I’ve made an effort to be more prepared so that I can maximize my time while traveling. I try to cover all my bases by packing back-up camera equipment and finding a way to get through the airport as quickly as possible.

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Tribute to a Great Digital Imaging Professional, Linda King

Remembering Florida Nature Photographer and Graphic Designer, Linda King By Tom Tracy A much-loved local photographer and digital imaging/Photoshop technician, Linda wasn’t particularly associated with wedding photography, nor was she crazy about the physical nature of wedding jobs, but I had seen her solid work and dedication to excellence, and I predicted she would be one of the very best persons I could possibly enlist.

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Episode 1 Show Notes: Arthur Morris

Thank you all who attended our first Understand Photography Show on Facebook Live featuring Arthur Morris, bird photographer! The video can be found on our timeline at, and we will also be creating a podcast, so stay tuned!

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Understand Photography Facebook Live Show and Podcast September 9 at 4 p.m. EDT

Featuring Famed Bird Photographer, Arthur Morris Yes, it’s true! We are starting a weekly Travel and Nature Photography Show, called The Understand Photography Show. I know what you are thinking; what a creative name for the show! We’ll first broadcast on Facebook LIVE on Fridays at 4 p.m. EDT. After the live broadcast, the content will be edited for a podcast.

Photography & Software Techniques

Installing Lightroom Presets

New to Lightroom presets? Read on to learn how to install presets in Lightroom. Click here to view our video on installing Lightroom presets!

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

Many you've never heard before!

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