AYWMC FB Group posting guidelines


Above all, please don't forget that AYWMC is primarily a beginner's workshop. If you are not a beginner, you are very welcome, but please remember that for some people, just posting their work in public is a huge step.

If you are a beginner, please remember that everyone started exactly where you are. It's hard, but don't compare yourself to your family, friends, or other people you meet online. This is the AYWMC unofficial motto:


The purpose of the group is:

1. To meet other people doing the course.

2. To see other people's photos, so you can get ideas and be inspired.

3. To post your own photos so other people can see what you're doing, and to get feedback if you want it.

4. To ask photography related questions.

If you are unsure about whether it's OK to post something, check whether it meets any of those 4 criteria. eg. it's fine to ask for help choosing a new camera but it's not OK to post a link to a photo article not related to AYWMC (I know these can be helpful, but it's just not that kind of group - the feed fills up quickly as it is, just with AYWMC related stuff).

If you are waiting to be approved to join the group, it may be because your Facebook name is different to the email address you signed up with. If you haven't been approved within 24 hours of requesting, please just reply to any email I have sent you and let me know what your Facebook name is.


You may post:

Only photos you personally have taken as part of the AYWMC course, and they must go in the Pinned homework thread

The only exceptions are:

1. Your first post when you introduce yourself. Post this as a new post, tell us where in the world you are and include a photo if you'd like to, plus anything else at all you'd like to say.

2. #1Day12Pics, #Make30Photos and #30DaysOfComposition - these can go as separate posts.

3. New babies (including grandchildren) - share as separate posts.

4. Competition wins or the odd photo you are particularly proud of. Only 2 or 3 of these each please. Tell us as much as you can about the photo, and use the phrase, "I am proud of this photo because..." in your comment.

5. Any questions about photography and cameras - put these in separate posts. This does not include photos for general critique. But you are very welcome to post a photo if you have a particular problem you want help with, to illustrate the problem. 


You may not post:

- photos for general critique. Share your weekly project photos in the Pinned thread, and ask for feedback if you want it. Ask for criticism if you want it, in broadly the following fashion: "I was trying to [whatever you were trying to do]. How could I improve?" Or, "I was working on [whatever you were working on]. What do you think?".

- criticism or negative feedback if it has not been requested

- links (even if they seem useful - the feed fills up too quickly)

- requests for votes in photo competitions

- requests for charitable donations, crowdfunding or follows on social media

- adult content

- naked or semi-naked photos of babies and children

I will delete any banned content without warning. I don't keep note of your name, so don't worry too much about the odd mistake (unless you are spamming the group in which case I'll delete you as well without notice). 


Terms of posting

I will never republish any photograph you post in the Facebook group outside the group without asking you first.

I may quote what you say, but I will always do it anonymously unless I ask you first.

You may not share anyone else's images or posts, or copy them outside the group.