We Simplify The Technical!

At Understand Photography,
“We Simplify the Technical!”

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

Our mission and our motto is: “We Simplify the Technical”!

  • Read through over 100 blog articles teaching basic to advanced photography, along with videos and articles about selling your photography as art.
  • Check our schedule for upcoming events, workshops, and trips.
  • New short training video every Tuesday in the Blog.
  • The Understand Photography Show every Friday.  A teaching show/podcast featuring travel, nature and selling your fine art photography.

If you prefer simplified training without all the technical jargon, you’ve come to the right place!
If you are a photo-artist who wants to sell more of your fine art photography, this is the site!

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.

Peggy Farren

What We Offer

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.

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.


Here are our products and services, as well as trusted affiliates, partners and friends’ products.

Do you need your camera cleaned or repaired?  You’ll find info here.

You can find our guide book for Collier County and the Western Everglades here.

Studio Rental is available. Why own when you can rent it all!?

About Your Photography Instructors

Peggy Farren

Peggy Farren

Founder / Lead Photographer

Peggy Farren is an award winning, professional photographer, author, instructor and speaker. She is frequently interviewed and featured on TV and in many national and local publications.

Peggy is the host of The Understand Photography Show, which airs weekly on Facebook, Youtube and as a podcast.  

Peggy also owns and runs the photography studio, Avant-Garde Images, Inc. Avant-Garde Images specializes in commercial portraits, family portraits and event photography.

Joe Fitzpatrick

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!

Brian Jannsen

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

” Peggy and Joe are wonderful photographers with a gift for explaining things well.”

– Harry Hanbury

“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

“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

” 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.”

– Michele Sandison

” 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

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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