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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

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!

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The Understand Photography Show Episode 41: Photo Education and Fine Art with Jeremiah Jenner

Jeremiah Jenner is the owner of JMJ Photography Services and a certified photography educator for Broward County Schools in Florida. Jeremiah’s Splash Photography class is a really fun way to practice and learn about shooting in manual and off camera flash. He prides himself on making his classes really fun, including rock music and lots of hands -on experiences.

Photography & Software Techniques

Always get there early: Event photography is unforgiving of the chronically late

Some of my buddies in the business may think it's overkill the way I like to get to an event photography job super early. But it always pays off to arrive well ahead of a start time at conferences, weddings, luncheons, galas, headshot sessions and all other event photo jobs. Assuming we know our profession, our gear and how to attack a job reasonably well, there is that one controllable factor — punctuality — that remains an interesting variable, rewarding us when we adhere to it and invariably punishing those who don’t.

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The Understand Photography Show Episode 40 Traveling the Silk Road with Jim Sernovitz

Peggy Farren interviews travel photographer Jim Sernovitz about his travels down the ancient Silk Road on episode 40 of The Understand Photography Show.

Photography & Software Techniques

The Fabulous Nifty Fifty Lens

Aperture is controlled by your lens, not your camera. Most “kit” lenses that come with your DSLR camera only open up to an aperture of 3.5 or 5.6mm. Both Canon and Nikon make an inexpensive 50 mm 1 ...

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The Understand Photography Show: Episode 39 How to Run a Successful Photo Club Ft. Sonny Saunders

In this episode of The Understand Photography Show, Peggy Farren interviews photographer and co-founder of Digital Photography and Imaging Special Interest Group of Naples, Florida: Sonny Saunders. Sonny has helped bring this club from a mere 20 members to a thriving membership of over 400 photographers. He gives advice on what has helped to make this club so successful.

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UnderStand Photography Show: Episode 38 - All Kinds of Tips Ft. Jason Eldridge

Peggy Farren interviews landscape photographer Jason Eldridge and gets an amazing array of photography tips! As a youngster, Jason idolized Spiderman. Peter Parker, the boy behind Spiderman's secret identity, was a photographer. So young Jason asked for and received his first camera at the age of 8, and gained an interesting story to his beginning of a love for photography.

Photography & Software Techniques

Photographing the Milky Way out in the Everglades

First of all, this was the first time I (Peggy Farren) had ever done night sky photography! If you really want to grow as a photographer, befriend other photographers! I was lucky to go out with Joe Fitzpatrick, who seems to know EVERYTHING about photography, and Chris Hopkins, avid photographer and Everglades expert. Joe has been watching the sky via an app called "Sun Surveyer" and determined this is the best time to view the Milky Way in Southwest Florida. You can view it all summer but it will be higher and higher up in the sky so it will be tougher to get a nice foreground and the Milky Way later. Chris did some scouting to find a couple of good spots and Joe prepared us with astrophotography tips.

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The Understand Photography Show: Episode 37 Getting Your Nature Photography Noticed Ft. Cheryl Arena

Peggy Farren interviews published nature photographer Cheryl Arena to discuss tips for making your images stand out and get noticed. Cheryl encourages everyone to just "get out there", join groups, get feedback, and enter your images in contests.

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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