What is A Year With My Camera?
You might be considering starting A Year With My Camera in September. You might have a friend who has recommended it. You might have seen it on Facebook. But if you're new to it, you are probably wondering what it is, and why it's different.
It's a complete beginner's photography course
Most photography courses assume you know a bit about your camera already. They jump in and talk about apertures and ISOs, depth of field and focus points. AYWMC assumes you know nothing. Nothing at all - we start before the beginning, with all the stuff other courses think is too basic to bother with.
Take part without leaving the house. The course comes via an email delivered every Thursday. One a week for a year.
I was fed up of seeing all the badly taught courses available online both free and paid, so I wrote this one to put that right. I've written another post explaining exactly why it's free, and what I get out of it here: Why Is A Year With My Camera Free?
(The email version is free and starts 4 times a year. You can also buy the course in workbook format on Amazon if you prefer having a book in your hand, or you can't wait to start the next free course.)
The good stuff
It will change your life
I actually don't just teach you photography. You will finish the course both in complete control of your camera and bursting with confidence. You will stop being afraid of what people think when you get your camera out - you just won't care. You'll be too busy looking for the shot. You'll know what all the dials do, you'll know which settings you want, and you'll be more concerned with where the light is coming from than whether anyone thinks you deserve to be there.
It's designed to be finished
I have a Masters degree in Psychology, specialising in online education. I taught photography in person for years before I took the course online. I know where the bumps come, and I have designed the course to get you over them as easily as possible:
1. The course changes topic every 4-6 weeks to stop you getting in a rut.
2. The weekly homework is short enough so you don't have to set aside a whole weekend to take part.
3. It can be utterly overwhelming to make a start, so everything is broken down into steps - you only need to do the next thing.
4. Our family and friends can be unknowingly unhelpful when we are trying something new. If you need a different group to chat to there is a new Facebook group set up every time the course restarts.
5. Some people like to meet up and chat about the course. If that's you, there are local meetup groups all over the world run by AYWMC volunteers. They hold regular photo meetups and will be glad to welcome you.
Photography is more than just knowing your camera
Photography is not just learning the technical stuff about your camera. Once you know that you are just taking your L plates off. The freedom that comes when you can work the dials (after 4 weeks on AYWMC) opens up everything else about photography: taking the image you can see in your head, seeing the world differently, having an idea and then bringing it to life, noticing the beauty in very ordinary things.
After the technical stuff, AYWMC teaches you everything you need to know about light, and how it will make or break your photo. About composition - how to place everything in the frame exactly how you want it, just by moving yourself very slightly. You will learn techniques for prompting creativity, and later on you'll cover some more intermediate topics like using a tripod, macro photography and how to shoot landscapes.
Join AYWMC here
Join here and get started today. The free email course kicks off 4 times a year, but if you join between starts you will receive a series of helpful emails while you wait, including smaller projects to make a start on.