The Manual Photographer’s Cheat Sheet

Film photography may seem like a relic of the past, but it’s gaining increasing popularity lately. And many photographers claim it’s still the best way to really learn the technical ins and outs of cameras. But it can seem complicated to those of us who are used to our digital cameras’ semi-automatic modes. Whether you’re finally switching your DSLR’s dial to M or you’re trying out film photography for the first time, this infographic has all the information you need to venture into manual mode:

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Manual Photographer’s Cheat Sheet (Via Zippi. Click image to see full size.)

This cheat sheet is a godsend for getting aperture, shutter speed, and ISO straight. Once you’ve mastered the basics, they’ll become second nature. Then you can focus on artistic compositions and creative use of exposure to take photos that impress.

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6 responses to “The Manual Photographer’s Cheat Sheet”

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  3. bad image says:

    These infographics are cute but worthless. Can you please post data oriented information using text? This cannot be read on a smartphone, and it is not easily printed or saved in any way as it is too big.

  4. Hank says:

    Thank you this is exactly what I was looking for in a quick guide.

  5. Very good. It does what it says. Btw on the list of shutter speeds, the 15 is followed with a ‘ symbol, which means minutes. Typo after all the years.

  6. Matthew says:

    Stop image of race car is showing as 1/1000 yet the previous step was 1/2000 and the one before that was 1/1000 – shouldn’t the ‘car’ be greater than 1/2000 therefore?

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