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When you pull into Eagle Lakes Park, you may think there is nothing here for you as a photographer. It’s a busy recreational center with tennis courts, soccer and baseball fields, and a community center. Walk back into the park for an entirely different experience! There are a couple of small lakes along the 2.5 mile nature trail, all boasting many different species of wading birds, raptors and songbirds. There is not much shade; so be sure to wear a hat and bring sunscreen. Eagle Lakes Park is part of the Florida Birding Trail.
Tin City is a shopping and dining mall, which doesn’t sound all that photogenic, but it really is. The colorful buildings have an old fashioned charm and are right on the water. The best time to photograph Tin City is after they close at 9 p.m.
The Naples Pier is the most photographed spot in Naples. It’s a beautiful pier, and at sunset, it’s amazing! The original pier was built in 1889. Hurricanes have caused the pier to be rebuilt partially or fully five different times over the years. It is Naples’ iconic landmark.
5th Avenue South is the happening place in Naples with shopping, dining, theater, art galleries and little parks. Come photograph one of the many festivals such as Cars on 5th in February or just come for street photography.
The Garden of Hope and Courage is dedicated to cancer victims. It’s a peaceful respite right on the hospital grounds. It has a beautiful lake, gazebos, flowers, and banyan trees.
In this video, we talk about how you can adjust your lighting on your iPhone to make it so there is a balance between the foreground and the background!
Bayfront is a four-story, mixed-use complex right on the Gordon River. The buildings have many beautiful columns, textured walls and color that make for really nice portrait backgrounds. There are fountains and balustrades overlooking the water and mangroves.
When Naples was developed in 1889, everything centered around this area. Julius (Junkie) Fleischmann of Fleischmann’s Yeast Fame was the primary developer who turned 3rd Street South into a shopping and dining hub. It’s now filled with restaurants, art galleries and high end shopping, as well as the few historical buildings that Naples has left.
Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary is located about 30 miles east of Naples and is truly heaven on earth for a nature photographer. There is a 2.5 mile boardwalk through a variety of different terrains, with gorgeous spots all along the way to photograph. Check out their website for the occasional “Corkscrew After Dark” nights to practice your night photography.
The Collier County Fair is usually held in March. It’s a great spot for people photography and colorful photojournalism. Go at night to practice your slow speed photography for amazing pictures!
The Dome Home was built in 1981 by an engineer who wanted to get away from it all. It’s now decaying and sinking into the sea. It’s only accessible by boat. We recommend Dreamlander Tours out of Goodland, Florida to bring you to the Cape Romano Dome home and beach. But you’d better hurry. Who knows how long it will be before this beautiful structure is overtaken by the sea?
Bird Gardens of Naples is not a great spot for photography unless you need some close-ups of parrots. Parrots are all in cages. You’ll get a guided tour and be allowed to go inside one of the cages with many different types of parrots. It’s a wonderful charity so please be sure to give a good donation if you go. It’s right on the road to Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary; so it might be a great place to stop on your way there.
You can order a full copy of our book, Florida Photo Spots; Naples and Collier County as an ebook for only $4.99 or as a softcover book.See sidebar for link. Name of Place: Wiggins Pass (official name: Delnor-Wiggins Pass State Park) Location: 11135 Gulfshore Drive,...
Clam Pass is a beautiful beach for nature lovers. You can take the tram or walk the ¾ mile boardwalk through the mangroves. The boardwalk is a lovely place for portrait photography, but be aware it can be quite busy at times. There is lots of shade. Once you hit the beach, turn right (north) and walk another ¾ of a mile to the inlet. You’ll see lots of shorebirds and probably osprey, hawks and eagles.
Barefoot Beach Preserve is right on the north edge of Collier County. It’s a great place for portrait photography since there are no high rise buildings. The white sand is pretty, but there are a lot of shells. It’s not the soft, fluffy white sand you’ll find on the beaches south of here. There are also pretty boardwalks for posing your subjects.
This is a great place for portrait photography as there is ample parking (paid) and a cute little shaded park just south of 18th, accessible from the beach.
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This is my favorite portrait spot, but it’s also great for nature photography because of the different types of wood pilings. The houses are all set pretty far back so they don’t turn up in your pictures. Parking is limited.
Best Photo Spots in Ave Maria Florida. The town centers around a huge oratory, which is fascinating to photograph. You may be able to get permission for a portrait shoot at Collier Family Farms, which is a working farm with colorful buildings and farm equipment. There are also numerous beautiful parks within the small community of Ave Maria for portrait shoots.
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The Understand Photography team reviews the Wimberley gimbal head for your monopod.
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Did your Lightroom Classic catalog get corrupted? Joe Fitzpatrick shows us how to restore your catalog from a backup in this short video. He also teaches how to find it on your Windows or Mac computer.
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Are you having trouble finding your Lightroom Catalog on your computer? In this tutorial, Joe Fitzpatrick will teach you how to locate the Lightroom catalog from any module. From any module, click on EDIT in the top toolbar if you are on a PC. Click on LIGHTROOM if...
In this Tuesday Photo Quick Tip, Joe Fitzpatick will teach you how to add a POP to the eyes using Lightroom! · In the Develop Module zoom in on eyes by left clicking on the bridge of the nose · Select the local adjustment brush · Set FEATHER to...
Isaac Hadid from Southern Photo Technical Service (www.sp-ts.com) will be here in Naples on Saturday, June 15, 2019 to clean sensors and pick up cameras for repair. We need at least 20 cameras registered for cleaning in order to make it worth Isaac's time to travel...
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In this Tuesday Photo Quick Tip, you will learn 3 different ways to easily add keywords to your photos in Lightroom. It's easy to find that special image that you made last week or even last month, but when it comes to finding an image that you made last year or even...
Understand Photography’s technical specialist, Joe Fitzpatrick gives helps us understand and navigate through Lightroom on this week’s Tuesday Photo Tips.