Manual Photography Cheat Sheet Collection

Just sharing my collection of photography cheat sheets. These should help you get out of the automatic settings and take good control of your camera.

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Manual Photography Cheat Sheet

Manual Photography Cheat Sheet

So what is DSLR? A digital single-lens reflex camera (also called a digital SLR or DSLR) is a digital camera combining the optics and the mechanisms of a single-lens reflex camera with a digital imaging sensor, as opposed to photographic film.


In very basic terms, ISO is the level of sensitivity of your camera to available light. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to the light, while a higher ISO number increases the sensitivity of your camera.

What is ISO: camera sensitivity settings (and the best ways to use them)

ISO Camera Sensitivity Settings

Shutter Speed

Shutter speed is the length of time a camera shutter is open to expose light into the camera sensor. Shutter speeds are typically measured in fractions of a second, when they are under a second. Slow shutter speeds allow more light into the camera sensor and are used for low-light and night photography, while fast shutter speeds help to freeze motion. Examples of shutter speeds: 1/15 (1/15th of a second), 1/30, 1/60, 1/125.

Best shutter speeds for every situation

Shutter Speed Photography Cheat Sheet


ugh which light travels into the camera body. The larger the hole, the more light passes to the camera sensor. Aperture also controls the depth of field, which is the portion of a scene that appears to be sharp. If the aperture is very small, the depth of field is large, while if the aperture is large, the depth of field is small. In photography, aperture is typically expressed in “f” numbers (also known as “focal ratio”, since the f-number is the ratio of the diameter of the lens aperture to the length of the lens). Examples of f-numbers are: f/1.4, f/2.0, f/2.8, f/4.0, f/5.6, f/8.0.

Free f-stop chart: master your aperture

Aperture Photography Cheat Sheet

Apertures: when to go small and when to go wide

Aperture Photography Cheat Sheet

Night Photography Exposure Guide

Night photography exposure guide: free cheat sheet

Night Photography Exposure Guide

Night Photography: set up your camera to shoot anything

Night Photography Exposure Guide

Focal Length

It is the distance between the center of a lens or curved mirror and its focus.

Free Cheat Sheet: what your camera captures at every lens’ focal length

Focal Length Cheat Sheet

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