Why is the AYWMC community so great?
Why should you join AYWMC rather than any other photo course?
Because of the community. The people who have done it, the people who are doing it, and the people like you who are thinking about doing it.
There is a community of more than 10,000 people who have taken part in AYWMC who know how it feels to hold a complex DSLR in your hands and not really have a clue what you’re doing. Every one of them is desperate for you to overcome your fears, take the plunge, and sign up for the free course (which you can do at the end of this post). Because they know that after the first 2 or 3 weeks, you'll look back and wonder what you were worried about.
For example, do any of these apply to you:
worried about taking your camera out in public
worried about posting your photos online
worried that your camera dials are just so overwhelming you'll never understand them
worried you've started something like this before but dropped out after a couple of weeks
worried that everyone is judging you
worried that people will laugh at your beginner attempts
worried that you're too old to learn
worried about going to a camera club
These are the common worries from people who have a new DSLR. (Have you got one I haven’t covered? Get in touch via the Contact form at the top of the site and I’ll add it to the list.)
The reason for the list is so you know you're not alone. Even if you are fine with most of the things listed but just one of them resonates with you, you’re in good company. And I want to reassure you that if you join AYWMC and make it to the end of the first month, you won't be worried about any of those things any more.
More than anything, I want everyone who has a digital camera to be able to use it confidently. Not to be scared of the dials. Not to think they are not good enough to use it. Not to apologise when they pull it out. And a supportive group of like-minded people taking the same journey is the best place to overcome these worries and to make progress faster.
I asked current AYWMCers what they think of the community, and they said:
These are the places you can find the AYWMC community (all optional)
1. Your own private Facebook group, just for people starting at the same times as you - an invitation is included when you join up.
2. The public Facebook page for AYWMC: click to visit the Facebook page
Follow me here: @EmmaDaviesPhoto
And follow the course feed here: @AYearWithMyCamera
Use these hashtags:
#AYWMCJan2019 - to indicate you are in the Jan 2019 start, and to find other people the same (or whatever your start month/year is)
#AYearWithMyCamera - to indicate you are doing AYWMC generally, and to find people on the other courses, or those that have finished.
#Make30Photos - to share your 30 day project (details in the welcome email when you join up)
Are you ready to join?
The free course (by email) starts four times a year, in January, April, July and October. Join here and get started today: