If you're stuck at home and looking for something to do, we've got just the thing! Our ultimate cheat sheet collection has nuggets of photographic know-how for all user levels and all kinds of photographic interests – and we've even organized them into categories to make them easier to browse!
Using photography cheat sheets is a fantastic way to take your photography to the next level. Packed with pro techniques for taking better photos, a good photography cheat sheet will save you time and make sure you’re using your camera to its full potential too.
But these bite-sized guides aren't just handy resources when you’re starting out. Even seasoned photographers need a little inspiration every now and again.
That’s why we’ve gathered together this essential collection of photography cheat sheets. Whether you’re looking for posing, portrait, landscape or lighting tips, you’ll find all the expert insight here that you need to become a better photographer.
And we’ll be updating this article regularly with new photography tips and tricks – so don't forget to bookmark it for next time you need a little inspiration.
Photography cheat sheets: posing
Photography cheat sheets: lighting
Photography cheat sheets: landscapes
How to take the perfect landscape shot (opens in new tab)
When shooting landscapes, you typically want the resulting image to appear as accurately coloured, appropriately exposed and as detailed as possible. This cheat sheet shows you how.
Photography cheat sheets: camera features
How to understand histogram shapes (opens in new tab)
Histograms show the spread of tonal information in a scene. They're a great tool to help you ensure your image ends up with the best exposure – and here are four common shapes to spot.
Three factors that affect depth of field (opens in new tab)
Depth of field explained. How aperture, focus distance and focal length change what will appear sharp in a photograph
Color temperature & the Kelvin scale (opens in new tab)
Get perfect color rendition from your camera in different lighting conditions by understanding the Kelvin color temperature scale and mastering manual white balance.
How to understand white balance presets (opens in new tab)
White balance is a setting you can leave your camera to figure out on its own, but it pays to understand the options you have at your disposal. Here's what you need to know.
Which shutter speed should you be using? (opens in new tab)
The right shutter speed will help freeze subjects in motion to make sure they're sharp, or blur them sufficiently for creative effect. Here's what you need to know.
What does it mean when we talk about one stop, or two stops, of shutter speed? This handy cheat sheet explains all.
At-a-glance guide to metering modes (opens in new tab)
Your camera's metering system is responsible for analysing the scene and judging what settings would capture it best. Get your exposure spot on every time with this photography cheat sheet.
Devices that work with your in-camera Wi-Fi (opens in new tab)
Once a ‘nice to have’ option, Wi-Fi is now becoming a standard feature of cameras. This guide walks you though a number of different devices that a Wi-Fi enabled camera can work with.
Photography cheat sheets: techniques
How to hold your camera properly (opens in new tab)
Holding your camera the right way is vital for comfortable shooting and sharp images. Here's how to do it right.
How to freeze a fast-moving subject (opens in new tab)
Ever needed to freeze a fast-moving subject? Whether it's a bird in flight, a vehicle moving at high speed or someone playing sports, these expert techniques will help you nail the shot.