How a digital camera works to get sharp images: free cheat sheet

How your camera gets sharp images: free photography cheat sheet

Have you ever wondered how a camera works to produce sharp images?

Sure, we know that by using your AF modes or twisting the manual focus ring you can get photos sharp, but what’s really going on inside your camera (and lens) to help this process along?

In our latest photography cheat sheet we’ve taken a look inside your digital camera to show you this process of light being reflected throughout your complex (and expensive!) system of lens elements, mirrors and modules.

Hopefully this gives you a better understanding of how a camera works. Simply drag and drop the infographic below on to your desktop to save the larger version as a handy reference.

And if you liked this infographic, you might like some of our other photography cheat sheets, such as What is Live View telling you, our illustrated guide to how to use a viewfinder or our diagram illustrating the difference between using full frame vs crop factor lenses.

How a camera works: drag and drop to download our free photography cheat sheet

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