Women's Photography Weekend Naples, Florida

Peggy Farren 2015-03-18

Join professional photographer Peggy Farren for a women’s photography weekend. This weekend is designed for beginner to intermediate photographers. Enjoy while learning photography and go home with fabulous images!

Women’s Photography Weekend Friday 6:30 pm. to Sunday 3:00pm. Includes photography instruction, two nights lodging and most meals. $699 single occupancy. We are not sharing rooms. Summer dates: ONE spot left! August 7-9, 2015

Order Online This weekend is designed to give you a good foundation in photography through short classes and lots of hands-on practice. It's limited to only 3 participants so you'll get lots of individual attention. You will learn to shoot in manual, take sunset pictures of the pier, have a private boat trip to photograph the Dome Homes on Cape Romano*, Photoshop layers, textures and blending modes, on and off camera flash with a model, HDR (High Dynamic Range) and night photography. The Understand Photography minivan will transport us to our outings. * Itinerary subject to change due to weather.

You can register online by clicking the ORDER ONLINE button. If you have questions or would like more information email Peggy at info@understandphotography.com or call (239) 263-7001. Detailed itinerary: Friday evening: 6:30 pm. Learn to shoot in manual and really, really understand it. As with all our classes, Peggy simplifies the technical aspects of photography to make it easier to learn and understand. We'll have an hour and a half class, then hop in the van with our tripods to take sunset pictures of the famous Naples pier.

Saturday morning it's up and out! Depending on the weather, we'll take a private boat trip to photograph the Cape Romano dome homes. The dome homes were built in the 1980s and are slowly being washed out to sea. We'll have a little beach time on this mostly deserted island to photograph, swim, relax and have a picnic. DOME HOMES
Relaxation break 1-3 pm. Take a nap, lay out by the pool or go shopping.

3:00 pm. Photoshop class at Understand Photography studio. Hop in the van for the 2 minute drive to the studio. Bring your laptop and we'll work on our pictures. You'll learn about layers, layer masks, blending modes, textures and more. Everything is step by step so amatuer or advanced Photoshop users can keep up.

5:30-6pm. Dinner (included).

7:15 pm. Sunset portraits. We'll have a model so we can learn and practice on and off camera flash. Learn to balance your flash with the background for beautiful sunset portraits. IMG_8268

8:30 pm. Night photography on 5th Ave S. Learn how to do streaking lights, silky water and HDR!

10 pm. Bedtime

Sunday morning: Old Naples Photo Tour. Learn a little bit about the history of Naples while learning about photography. Peggy will guide you to the best pictures, help you with your settings and composition.

Sunday brunch (not included in the price)

Sunday 2:00 to 3:00 pm. Learn to process HDR pictures

Terms and Conditions:


50% will reserve your spot. $350. Full payment is due 60 days before the workshop. We accept all major credit cards.


No refunds or credits within 60 days of the workshop. If your final payment has not been made by 60 days before, we'll open up your spot and you will lose your initial deposit.

On cancellations made before the 60 day cutoff, your deposit will be refunded less a $50 handling fee.

Please do not make your airline reservations without checking with us first. If we have to cancel for any reason, Understand Photography will refund all charges paid. We assume no liability for penalties incurred by airlines or any other source.


We highly recommend that you take out travel insurance.


If the trip is full, we would be happy to put you on the waiting list in case of a cancellation. It's $25, which is fully refundable if you do not take the trip or it can be applied toward the trip if a cancellation comes up.

You can register online by clicking the ORDER ONLINE button. If you have questions or would like more information email Peggy at info@understandphotography.com or call (239) 263-7001.

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Where will we stay? We stay at an adorable Airbnb. Your reservation will be taken care of by Understand Photography. This has saved us money so we are able to limit the group to only three.

How will we get around? We will take the Understand Photography minivan, walk or take a boat to our photo locations.

What will we be photographing? This photo adventure encompasses architecture, cityscapes, street life and beach scenes.

What skill level is required? This photo adventure is geared to photographers of all skill levels. Our very small group allows every adventurer from beginner to advanced proceed at her own pace. We start this photo retreat with a basic exposure class - a refresher for some and a beginner class for others.

What will I learn during the Photo Adventure? At every step of your Photo Adventure, Peggy will be at your side, sharing her techniques. Our ratio of a maximum of 3 photographers per leader assures that you will receive personal attention and allow you to learn at your own pace. We will cover: Landscape photography - evening and daytime Night photography and streaking lights. On and off camera flash Exposure bracketing for HDR Subject isolation, composition, filters and more. Advanced techniques tailored to your level of knowledge. HDR editing Photoshop or Elements - Layers, Textures and Blending Modes

What equipment should I bring? This Photo Retreat encompasses a wide range of subject matter. We suggest: DSLR camera or advance compact that can shoot in manual. Ideally, lenses to provide the equivalent coverage of full frame lenses from 24mm to 300 mm or longer. For "crop" DSLRs, this means lenses in the range of 17mm to 200mm or longer. A circular polarizer (also known as a CPL filter) if you own one. Neutral Density filter(s) if you have one. If you have a 2+ or more stop ND filter, we can do silky water at our sunset pier photoshoot. If you don't have filters, they are not necessary. Just fun! Flash if you have one. If not, your pop up flash will do. Tripod - lightweight - you'll have to carry your own equipment. Remote shutter release. Useful, but your camera's timer will suffice in a pinch. Memory cards - bring LOTS! Batteries - you will need spares. Chargers for everything Laptop with Photoshop or PS Elements and Photomatix installed.

You can get 30 day trial version of Photoshop or PS Elements here: http://www.adobe.com/downloads.html You can get a 30 day trial version of Photomatix here: http://www.plimus.com/jsp/redirect.jsp?contractId=2308881&referrer=1047734 Photomatix Essential is fine for our uses.

Should you try Photoshop or Elements? If you are not familiar with either, I suggest PS Elements. It's much more user friendly. It's also inexpensive compared to regular Photoshop.

Questions? Call or email Peggy Farren. (239) 263-7001 or

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