15 of the Best Cheat Sheets, Printables and Infographics for Photographers


Everyone loves cheat sheets, and photographers are no exception. Squeezed into a set of short tips, schemes, and definitions, a cheat sheet is a quick way to learn something, as well as refresh your knowledge about any particular subject. Moreover, now that infographics are an extremely popular format of delivering information on the Internet, cheat sheets can also be a source for visual inspiration.

Here is a large collection of some noteworthy cheat sheets, infographics, and printables for photographers. From shooting basics to photography marketing tips, every aspect of photography is covered in this round-up. No matter whether you’re an amateur or an experienced professional, below you can find some really helpful resources, all presented as easy-to-read checklists, infographics, and printable cheat sheets for your advantage.

Enjoy this compilation and don’t forget to bookmark this page for quick access to this exhaustive cheat sheet list. Note, you need to click on screenshots below in order to view the full cheat sheet since most images were cropped for proper fit.

Photography Tech and Creative Process

Learn the basics every photographer must know and save some useful tips and camera settings for quick reference. Click the links to see the original article and source.

#1 Photography 101 – Cheat Sheet and Camera Basics


#2 Shutter, Aperture, ISO Explained


#3 10 Must-have wedding shots for every bride

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#4 Portrait Lighting Examples

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#5 Focal Lengths Cheat Sheet (click image to see the full cheat sheet)

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#6 Capturing Perfect Wedding Photos

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#7 Manual Photography Cheat Sheet


#8 Landscape Photography Tips


#9 Depth of field: Quick Memory Cheat Sheet

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#10 Food Photography Guide

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#11 Photography Basics: Metering and Exposure

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#12 Low Light Photography Tips

low light photographySnapsort’s Low Light Photography

#13 Free Printable: Backlight and Sunlight

Backlight and Sunlight Cheat Sheet www.lightroompresets.com

#14 Guide to Manual Mode Magic

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#15 What is a macro lens? Magnification and minimum focus distance explained

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Any useful resource I missed? Share your suggestions in the comments!

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Julia May is a beginner photographer striving to blend her marketing experience and creativity to succeed in the photographic field.

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  • Shaili

    Awesome! Thank you very much.

  • arnoldwender

    Great collection! thanks!

  • John O’Neill

    Phenomenal stuff. I was already a huge fan, but this puts me over the top!

  • Bobby Stubblefield

    Is there ever any thought put into any of this? How could information about photography on a piece of paper be a cheat sheet? A cheat sheet is info you’re not supposed to have in writing when you take a test. Whoever writes this stuff needs to learn how to think.

  • wafa

    Best article I’ve read so far in this website. Thank you.

  • Everything Explained in a very short space. very easy to Grasp 🙂
    Just need to practise it for remembering the rules 😉
    Thanks for sharing !!

  • Shohil

    Woah…finally a sheet for a beginner. Thanks.

  • Angelfire

    Could’ve used many of these at my wedding- a must read!


  • Ruel Urgel Villaluna

    Very easy for students to grasp.
    Thanks Julia!
    God bless you1

  • keepntch

    The bulk of your articles are like nuggets of gold when trying to learn photography. I am addicted to the many ebooks available, but your individual posts would be really helpful, like these charts, to refer to when away from the computer, so that notes could be written and observations relevant to the photo or project at the time. What inhibits me from printing these “tips” and “charts” is that they are not in a printable format. Printing what amounts to a 2-3 page article becomes 18-10 pages with all the extraneous material on the pages. Printing all of these pages in color would cost so much in ink that there would be no money left for the eBooks or a new lens. It would be wonderful if the site owners would consider a way and encourage their writers to also make a “printer friendly” version.

  • Merrie

    Anybody use Adobe Elements Photoshop 9?

  • Lee

    THANK YOU! ! ! ! ! !

  • Fantastic references. Thanks!

  • Michael R Fiege

    Great stuff here. Even though I’ve been making images for 25+ years refreshers are aways a good thing.

  • Mike Gelbke

    I agree!

  • coolness!!

  • Hoang Nam

    Awesome..Thank for sharing

  • GMusa

    Absorbed some w/c is normal for a beginner like me but hopefully after some re-readings I can learn much more. Many thanks for this big help.

  • Dr.Bhargav M.purohit

    Thanks for information. It will save lot of unnecessary shots and will serve as a point to point guide to good photography in various situations.

  • Adrian Donati

    Hi Julia, nice work. Do you have a cheat sheet for calculating the long exposure times when using neutral density 10 stop filters? There are smart phone apps available, however these can’t be accessed in remote locations (at least not in my hemisphere) so a print-out would help take the mystery and trial and error out of the calculation.

  • Areeb

    This just includes everything everyone wants to learn.

  • Bala

    Wow … Thank you Very much Julia for Compiling the Cheat sheet.

  • Juvy Ds

    Wow! Really wow! <3 Thank you so much, Julia May! <3 You are so so kind for sharing this complete cheat sheet!

  • Abegail Clave

    Very helpful. Thank you for this.

  • Ivan White

    Are we going to have a test on this? If so, I will have to work just to get an F.

  • Darshan D

    Just awesome… Thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Carmen Anderson

    these are awesome! are there printable versions, so that we can carry them with us? thank you, thank you!

  • Jay L

    May I use these on our school web site?

  • Jayxavier

    After being overwhelmed with tutorial videos and brochures, I think these quick tips are what every beginner/amateur photographer should have. Thank you for putting such a useful webpage. 🙂

  • Ravi Sreenivasan

    Great resource. Thanks again

  • John Bao Nguyen

    Are there any pocket size or flash card size ones anywhere?

  • Richarddd

    haha funny comment, but yeah, there are many people who like to visit photo sites and know a lot about the specifications of new cameras, lenses, editing software, etc but don’t know how to take a photo in manual mode. Sad but true.

  • Raghavendra badiger

    Everything you need to have to become a better photographer. Excellent.

  • Thanks

  • LolTroll

    You are right as you are born with a camera. You became better without any experience. 🙂

  • popkorn520

    #9 is wrong, focal length does not change depth of field, magnification does. Thanks for continuing that bad information.

  • Pauline Roberts

    That is the same with anything! Julia has been good enough to provide these with their respective links for beginners. You only need to refer to the ones you need ‘as and when.’ Anything in life that is worth doing well takes time.

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