I have a journal that I kept when I started to learn photography. The pages are scribbled with notes and diagrams made while I was trying to grasp the basic functions of my camera. The camera manual could’ve been written in Greek for all I knew. I remember wishing for a condensed easy to understand version to help me like Cliff’s Notes did when I had to read Shakespeare in the 12th grade.

Well, my wish was granted a few years too late, but nevertheless, I found some pretty cool cheat sheets (officially titled, “Infographics”) full of the information I wish I knew all condensed in one place.

The first one (it’s kind of long so keep scrolling…), created by Photography Degree, first appeared on The Phoblographer.

Photography 101: An Essential Photography Infographic for the Beginner

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Light Modifiers Cheat Sheet found on DIY Photography.net

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Portrait Lighting With Your Home Studio by Digital Camera World

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Your Flash Modes and When To Use Them by Digital Camera World

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Color Temperature Scale by Digital Photography World

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For more, remember that Google is a beginning photographers best friend. Just look for the terms, “Infographic” or “Cheatsheets.” Don’t put in “Cliff’s Notes” though, you might end up with a succinct version of “Macbeth.”