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I am a super keen amateur, hobbyist "photographer" (in the loosest possible terms!) I only ever used a point and shoot until I retired, then in November 2018 I got my first ever DSLR camera and started my proper photographic journey. I made the decision right from the start not to use the Auto setting....and so began my long and sometimes frustrating learning curve! I joined a free online photography course (A Year with my Camera) which started in January 2019 and never looked back. This superb course is now finished and I have a good understanding of my camera and its controls. This doesn't mean I'm proficient at taking good photos but I practice every day and enjoy this hobby so much. I may never take photos as good as others on here but seeing them gives me something to aim for.