Hands On Photography Classes

We offer a wide variety of instructor led photography classes, both in the studio and in the field covering many topics.
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Beginning & Advanced Classes

Beginning & Advanced Classes

Shoot in Manual – This is the first class you should take when you purchase a DSLR. We’ll get you shooting in the manual setting in two hours! This is our most popular class and we hold it monthly.

Basic Studio Lighting – If you hope to photograph corporate headshots, senior high school students, children or models, you’ll want to learn the basics of studio lighting. In this hands-on class you’ll learn how to set up and measure the lights for the effects you hope to achieve.

Point and Shoot – This is a tough class to teach, due to all of the different cameras out there. We highly recommend a private lesson to help you with your specific camera. We do offer a talk about point and shoot cameras. We go over the different settings that are standard to most cameras, how and what to use each setting for. We also give a basic overview on getting your pictures on to your computer. Again, this is very specific to your camera and your computer so a private class is encouraged!

Intermediate – Metering Modes, White Balance, Drive Modes, Focal point, focus modes and more! We do our best to make the technical stuff easy to understand!

Composition – The Most Important Class you’ll take to Improve Your Photography! Everyone thinks they understand the Rule of Thirds but we find that they really don’t. Learn where your eye naturally goes and how to use leading lines and power points to make a more pleasing image. This is a very in-depth class so it’s good for beginners to advanced photographers.

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Photography Software Classes

Photography Software Classes

Want to learn more about post processing your images? We have classes that cover the most popular software programs used by photographers worldwide.

Photoshop CS – Beginner cram course. Frequently used tools, practice using selection tools and layers. Portrait retouching, lighting – lighten, brighten, darken pictures. Color – color correct pictures, change colors. Output: Image sizes and cropping. Cheatsheets included!!

Photoshop Elements – This cram course is designed to get you started and teach the basics of Photoshop Elements version 9 to 11. Where everything of importance is locate, understanding the various tools, layers, layer masks, cloning, portrait retouching and raw conversions.

Photoshop Elements for Nature photographers – This workshop goes into specific techniques nature photographers will be interested in; replacing the sky, stitching for panoramas, darkening/lightening parts of the picture.

Lightroom I – This course will guide you through initial program setup, show you how to import and organize your photos, teach you how to easily adjust your images using the Quick Develop tools, export and publish your images to Facebook, Flickr, Smugmug, our Meetup site, and print your images.

Lightroom II – In this workshop you how to take your images to the next level using Lightroom’s Develop Module. You will learn hands on how to correct exposure, color balance, noise, sharpness and lens distortion and apply the corrections to just one or an entire range of images. Discover how to create and use presets to quickly adjust your images. Work with Lightroom’s Develop Module tools to improve images you bring or we supply. Learn hands on how to lighten or darken, add saturation, improve color, sharpen, remove noise and more from any part of your image.

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Portrait & Wedding Photography

Portrait & Wedding Photography

The Outdoor Portrait – Flash Basics – We start in the studio learning about basic flash photography and beginner speedlight techniques – on and off camera. Then it's outside to practice with models! It’s our second most popular class!! We often hold this class at sunset on the beach.

Basic Studio Lighting – If you hope to photograph corporate headshots, senior high school students, children or models, you’ll want to learn the basics of studio lighting. In this hands-on class you’ll learn how to set up and measure the lights for the effects you hope to achieve.

Wedding Photography– “REAL FAKE WEDDING” Intro to wedding photography will cover licensing in Collier/Lee County, pricing, marketing, managing expectations, ceremony do’s and don’ts, post processing, and up selling. After the ceremony, we’ll split into teams with our brides and grooms for formal sunset portraits!

The Business of Making Money in Portrait Photography – Stop spinning your wheels and bring in $10K a month or more. This is a workshop Peggy Farren has taught through Professional Photographers of America’s Super Monday program. So many new photographers really under value their work and end up quitting due to burn out. Learn to make a living with your passion!

Baby, Child and Family Photographers – Lighting, posing, blurring out the background, composition and managing people! This is a class jam packed with information and ending up with a photo shoot with a real family!

Posing Individuals and Groups – Posing, AKA Making people look good, is as important to portrait photography as lighting and good exposure! We’ll teach basic posing and composition, and then go in to posing to help with flaws. Your job is to make people look good!!

Maternity Portraiture – This is a workshop on off camera lighting, posing and props for beautiful maternity portraits. We’ll talk about managing the client and keeping her comfortable, creative ideas for pictures, posing and lighting, including rim lighting of the mom’s belly.

Fine Art Newborn Photography The fabulous Sharlene Gaeneke drives 5 hours to come teach this class for us. She is the newborn specialist!

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  • I hesitated to invest in a structured course because I’m so busy.

    I loved, loved, loved this course!

    I hesitated to invest in a structured course because I’m so busy. Even so, I didn’t feel like pre-recorded courses would work for me because I learn best when I receive feedback from my instructors. This course gives the best of both worlds. I had the option to take the course live or pre-recorded, but I was still able to get feedback from Peggy through the Facebook group. Peggy’s “Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography” was the perfect solution for me!

    ‎Michelle Chiarelli

    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
  • Best four week class ever!!

    I didn’t know how to use my camera before this class with Peggy and now I have a greater understanding and I can definitely say my pictures look better. Her teaching is unique and I would recommend this class for anyone who has a love for photography.

    Griselda Baker

    4 Weeks to Proficiency achieves what it claims!

    Like many others I have carried my DSLR camera around for years but shooting on automatic or programmed modes – sometimes with mixed results. In four short weeks I feel that I have a solid foundation to shoot in manual mode and change the camera’s settings to take much better, and more creative photographs.

    Jill Wood
  • 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

    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
  • 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

    I hesitated to invest in a structured course because I’m so busy.

    I loved, loved, loved this course!

    I hesitated to invest in a structured course because I’m so busy. Even so, I didn’t feel like pre-recorded courses would work for me because I learn best when I receive feedback from my instructors. This course gives the best of both worlds. I had the option to take the course live or pre-recorded, but I was still able to get feedback from Peggy through the Facebook group. Peggy’s “Four Weeks to Proficiency in Photography” was the perfect solution for me!

    ‎Michelle Chiarelli

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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