At Understand Photography, "We Simplify the Technical!"

Understand Photography provides photography lessons and tours to photographers who prefer step by step, easy to understand instructions.

Our mission and our motto is:We Simplify the Technical

Students can learn at their own pace, at our photography studio in Naples, Florida, on location or in the privacy of their own home via online classes.

Read on to learn more about our instructors. Click the button to see our media coverage and client testimonials or email us with your inquiry @

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Meet Our Instructors

Peggy Farren


Peggy Farren is an award winning, professional photographer, instructor and speaker. She's the host of The Understand Photography Show, which is a weekly show about travel, nature and fine art photography.

Peggy has been interviewed and featured on TV and in many national and local publications. She has been one of the photography experts on the popular website

Peggy began her photography career as an assistant photographer, videographer and video editor. Her company, Avant-Garde Images, Inc. now has several photographers working with the company, offering portraiture, wedding photography and commercial photography. You will see Peggy's pictures gracing the covers of many local magazines, as well as national publications. Avant-Garde Images has flourished while most other full time photography studios have shut their doors in recent years.

Peggy began offering photography training and tours over seven years ago through her training center “Understand Photography”. The school offers training for beginning to advanced photographers, portrait to nature photographers. Peggy has a way of simplifying the technical side of photography so that her classes are in high demand.

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Joe Fitzpatrick

Lead Instructor

Joe Fitzpatrick is one of that rare breed of photographers who possesses both a vast array of technical knowledge and the ability to communicate it in clear, simple terms. Joe is the type of person who needs to know how everything works. If he doesn't know, he'll figure it out! And then he'll simplify it so that the rest of us can understand!

Peggy was very lucky when she met Joe over five years ago. Joe and Peggy's skills and personalities truly complement each other so they make a great team.

Joe leads many of our photography trips and field workshops. He is in high demand for private lessons, with many regular students.

Joe is also the leading Lightroom expert in Southwest Florida.


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Brian Jannsen

Photography Instructor

Brian Jannsen is a professional photographer specializing in Travel and Landscape Photography.

His work has been widely published in books, calendars and magazines throughout the world.

Brian has been leading photo tours in Europe for many years. He is now calling Southwest Florida home during the winters. Brian leads most of our Old Naples Photo Tours, where he teaches both a bit of history and photography. He is available for private one-on-one lessons, as well as fun Everglades excursions.

Brian is also on the team of professional photographers with Avant-Garde Images, Inc.


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What You Need to Learn to Become a Solid Photographer

Do you really want to learn photography but aren't sure which classes to take?
Are you experienced but you feel a bit weak in the technical side of photography?
Do you know you have gaping holes in your photography education but you don't know what they are?

One of the problems with the internet is that there is so much information, that it's overwhelming!! The second problem is that there are too many beginners teaching, which just adds to the confusion of what you should be learning.

In this special report, Peggy Farren will help you put together a plan of action on exactly what you'll need to know and learn for a strong foundation in photography. You won't waste time taking lots of unnecessary classes learning techniques that you won't use or aren't ready for. And you'll learn from an experienced, full-time professional photographer. Peggy Farren not only has been a pro photographer for over 17 years, she's also taught over 1500 students over the past six years.

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What You Need to Know to Become a Strong Photographer

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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

    My third year with Joe Fitzpatrick, Understand Photography, Naples, Florida!

    My third year with Joe Fitzpatrick, Understand Photography, Naples, Florida! I just keep on coming back for more great experiences in Joe and Peggy's world of photography! This year with the addition of a new bus made venturing into the Everglades even more accessible to me. A small contained group with expert guidance, encountering baby Alligators, a Purple Galinule and beautiful Herons within an arm's length, just awesome. I will be back for even more.

    Elaine McKenzie Avid Photographer
  • I’ve been working alongside my husband who’s a photographer, for over 20 years but never understood how to take a picture, except on ‘P’

    It’s great to have learned the basics and much more, in a simple easy to understand way and with patience when I asked for advice. T

    Michele Sandison

    4 WEEKS TO PROFICIENCY class is the best money I have invested in my photography!

    I’ve had lessons in person and never came away understanding more, having more questions. But with this class within 20 minutes I had gained more knowledge than in three hours with a one-on-one lesson!

    Susan Ferrer
  • She is easy to talk to and there’s no need to be embarrassed by any questions.

    I took this class to get a few tips and to learn some new things. I learned everything I wanted to, and then some. Peggy does her best to explain everything thoroughly and shows examples, which was helpful to me. She is easy to talk to and there’s no need to be embarrassed by any questions. I’m glad I took the course, and if you’re interested, you should take it too!

    Rae Wesolowski

    You made it fun and easy to understand!

    This class was unbelievably helpful and I learned so much. It was also incredibly enjoyable because you made if fun and easy to understand. So, thank you very much!

    Sami Kennedy

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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