+1 on this.
News of the newly recognised User Group put a smile on my face :)

K.

On Wed, May 3, 2017 at 4:25 AM, Pine W <wiki.p...@gmail.com> wrote:

> I'm happy to see the development of the Commons Photographers User Group
> <https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Commons_Photographers_User_Group>.
>
> Personal background story (feel free to skip reading this):
>
> The first DSLR I touched was easy to use with the automatic settings for
> indoor photography in good lighting. Based on this limited experience, I
> concluded that photography with a DSLR was easy. Some time later I bought
> my own first DSLR, and quickly got lost. The menus were not intuitive to me
> as a DSLR newbie, there were new terms like "aperture" and "f-stop", the
> manual was written for someone who already had good technical knowledge of
> how cameras work, and my lens wouldn't focus like I wanted. Wikipedia has
> some helpful articles about photography concepts, but what would have
> helped me a lot is spending time with an experienced photographer. After a
> few years of trial and error, and asking questions of more knowledgeable
> people, I'm happy with my skill level as a photography hobbyist in a
> variety of situations. I hope that the new user Commons Photographers group
> will facilitate knowledge exchange, improve camaraderie, and consider ways
> to improve access to equipment -- especially for photographers in
> situations where resources are scarce and potential for valuable
> open-source contributions are very high.
>
> What's making you happy this week?
>
> Pine
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