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5 Essential Infographics For The Beginner Photographer

By Hanssie on August 12th 2013

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


Light Modifiers Cheat Sheet found on DIY


Portrait Lighting With Your Home Studio by Digital Camera World


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


Color Temperature Scale by Digital Photography World


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.”

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Red Marginelli

    For beginning photographers who are looking for some more in depth tips, techniques, and overall help, I’d recommen taking a look at which has a fairly comprehensive library of articles targeted at beginner photographers.

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  2. Jeremy May

    Great !

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  3. Jesper Ek

    Great graphics – not only for beginners!

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  4. Ian Sanderson

    cool graphics!

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  5. Hans photoWerks

    good overview!

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  6. Wendell Fernandes

    All this helps but PRACTICE – makes it perfect or close to it…

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  7. Dennis

    Yup, the graph is incorrect for the aperture, as well as the spelling. Nice idea, just needs to be proofed. Little hole, big DOF. Big hole, Little DOF.

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  8. Jonathan

    THANK YOU!!!

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  9. Spurtz-Fritz


    Credibility just left the building. It’s a basic photography term, as well as a simple English word. Spell check.

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  10. Kevin Gamble

    At the dire risk of self-promotion, I literally just wrote an article of the ten things I wish I knew when I was a beginner photographer. Some of them are covered in the infographics above, some are added.

    Either way, here it is:
    10 Tips for Brand New DSLR Photographers

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  11. Sean Brecht

    Am i the only one seeing a couple of issues with these? Namely at the end of the first one (In Summation) section which seems to indicate that a wide open aperture gives you ‘greater’ depth of field??? and a smaller aperture opening gives you shallow DOF??? It’s not the only error but its certainly the one that caught my eye.

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