11 great photography cheat sheets
Our friends at Digital Camera World have been running their ongoing photography cheat sheet series for several months now.
However, as items drop off the main page on a blog, they can be difficult to find later. To help save you time searching and gain time shooting, we’ve collated 11 of our favourite photography cheat sheets from the series.
Below you’ll find a summary and thumbnail of each. Simply click the links to and download each photography cheat sheet.
1. 54 Portrait Ideas: free downloadable posing guide
Are you stuck for portrait ideas? Sometimes we’ve found that you can over-think these things. When you put so much thought into backdrops and colour schemes, etc, you can overlook some of the fundamentals of portrait photography, such as your subject’s pose.
A great way to reignite you portrait photography is to shoot a model in your home photo studio, using as minimalist a set-up as possible. By experimenting with different poses you can see what works and get new portrait ideas to apply to your next shoot.
2. Free f-stop chart: master your aperture
One thing we consistently hear from people is confusion about aperture and just what exactly those numbers mean. Understanding aperture can take some time for a beginning photographer, but hopefully we can speed this process up for you! Inside is a handy f-stop chart put together by our friends at N-Photo, which you can drag and drop on to your desktop.
3. Free family portrait photography cheat sheet
Are you a frustrated family portrait photographer? While we can’t offer much help in the way of crying babies, we can help with a number of common obstacles we face when taking pictures of family. In the latest of our Photography Cheat Sheet series we’ve come up with what we believe are four of the trickiest conditions for shooting family portrait photography.
Within each scenario we’ve crafted a handy little flow chart to get you through each challenging situation and come out the other side with a top-notch family portrait. Simply drag and drop the infographic inside on to your desktop to save as a handy reference the next time you’re called in to action as the Official Family Photographer!
4. How to read a histogram
Your digital camera’s histogram serves as a guide to help you better underststand your exposure. To this end, it aims to illustrate the range of tones in a scene. On the left of your histogram you’ll find the extreme of dark shadows, while on the far right you will find your bright highlights. This photography cheat sheet explains it all in depth.
5. Portrait photography cropping guide
Portrait photography is challenging for a whole host of reasons. Getting your portrait right in-camera is only half the battle. Knowing how to edit your portraits can be quite difficult when it comes to cropping a photo. Cropping in an awkward position on your subject can end up ruining a perfectly good shot. This handy cheat sheet shows you clearly where you can and can’t crop subjects without it looking awkward.
6. Free wedding photography cheat sheet
Do you fancy yourself a wedding photographer? Or, rather, have you had the role of wedding photographer thrust upon you by desperate friends and over-confident family members? Don’t freak out. Help is here.
In this photography cheat sheet we came up with what we believe are four of the trickiest conditions for shooting wedding photography: the bride’s arrival, inside the church, photographing the bride and groom and, finally, taking pictures of family and friends.
7. Understanding the color temperature scale: free photography cheat sheet
In this photography cheat sheet we’ve illustrated the color temperature scale and show you where some of the more commonly used white balance settings sit within it. We’ve also shown where some common shooting conditions, such as hazy skies and sunsets, sit within the color temperature scale and what white balance setting you might want to use to capture accurate colors in these conditions.
8. Free portrait lighting cheat sheet
Portrait lighting need not be so complicated. Whether you’re in a professional studio or shooting a model in your home photo studio (see our 10 tips for setting up your home photo studio), often the simplest portrait lighting set-ups yield the most classic and dramatic effects.
By experimenting with different poses you can see what works and get new portrait ideas to apply to your next shoot. This photography cheat sheet takes you through several simple portrait lighting set-ups, showing the different effects they create.
9. Three ways you can affect depth of field: photography cheat sheet
Depth of field, or ability to control which parts of your pictures are sharp, is one of the main advantages of owning an SLR camera. Look at a scene with your own eyes, and everything from your feet to the horizon is usually in focus. But your pictures do not need to look like this.
This photography cheat sheet examines three common ways you can affect depth of field. Our infographic looks at how aperture, focus distance and focal length will affect what appears sharp in your images.
10. The landscape’s greatest challenges: free photography cheat sheet
This infographic examines some of the more challenging aspects of shooting landscape photography. We chose four key challenges – composition, exposing for the land, exposing for the sky and capturing moving water.
11. Free action photography cheat sheet
Do you have trouble capturing moving subjects? Whatever you’re shooting, action photography can be tricky to achieve given the unpredictability of your subjects, little control over the lighting and trying to keep everything sharp. This handy action photography cheat sheet explains how to shoot some of the more popular subjects, what you’ll need and what makes pictures work.
Download more free photography cheat sheets
99 Common Photography Problems (and how to solve them)
10 rules of photo composition (and why they work)
73 photo locations to shoot before you die
on Thursday, June 28th, 2012 at 12:00 pm under Photography Tutorials, Tutorials.
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