Photography Cheat Sheet: How to Read the Histogram

If you’re wondering what your camera’s histogram readings are saying, we have just the right cheat sheet for you.

Understanding how the histogram works and what the graph readings mean are vital to a well-exposed photograph. We covered some basics in several tutorials, and also recently shared a photographer’s insights on the common misconceptions about this graphical representation of the tonal values in an image. Now, to help you remember all that, we’re sharing a very useful cheat sheet that covers the histogram in a nutshell and how to read it.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Working with Directional Light Outdoors

If you’re thinking of shooting in the bright outdoors anytime soon, this photography cheat sheet will give you some ideas on working with directional light.

Landscape photographers typically prefer shooting either early in the morning, or during the Golden Hour for its soft, gorgeous light. But there’s more to it than just avoiding the hard light during most of the day. Knowing how to work with directional light from the sun will help you get the results you need from these outdoor shoots. Let this quick tutorial and cheat sheet be your guide for your next practice!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Four Depth of Field Decisions to Make

Understanding how depth of field works may seem baffling at first. But with enough practice, it will allow you to work with different lenses, camera systems, and subjects with ease.

Depth of field is another of those technical-sounding terms you’ll have to grapple with if you’re new to photography. It’s one of the essential creative controls that allow you to utilize sharp focus to determine the look of your shots. With this quick tutorial and cheat sheet, you’ll get a head start on mastering this concept by learning how to work with it in four common shooting situations.

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Photography Cheet Sheet: The Color Temperature Scale Explained

All you need to know about color temperature and its relationship with white balance summarized in one handy cheat sheet.

White balance is one of the crucial elements you have to work with to ensure accurate colors in your photos. To be able to do this, you have to know how to use the color temperature scale. Whether you’re just discovering color temperature in photography or looking for a better understanding of it, we’re sure this infographic by Digital Camera World will serve as a quick reference for you.

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Understanding the Role of the Histogram in Photography

We hear a lot about histogram and how it’s important to be mindful of it during a shoot. But it stills sparks some confusion, so a photographer shares his take to help us understand it better.

The histogram is one of those technical-sounding terms you’ll encounter while learning photography. We have a lot of resources on the subject, but if you’re just getting started, this video by Matt Granger will also help you get a better understanding of what it is, what it tells photographers, and how we can use it as a guide when we shoot.

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Aperture Lesson: Shooting Portraits Wide Open vs. Stopped Down

Here’s a quick portrait photography tutorial that demonstrates how different aperture settings affect your shots. 

Remember all those manual photography cheat sheets that we’ve been sharing recently? Here’s how you can apply what you’ve learned about aperture when shooting portraits. In a quick video tutorial by Sony Artisan Miguel Quiles for Adorama, we see the results of shooting with the aperture wide open and stepped down, and when to pick one over the other.

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F-Stop Cheat Sheet: Understanding How Aperture Works in Photography

Still figuring out how aperture affects your photos? Let this f-stop infographic be your handy guide.

If you’ve recently picked up a camera that allows manual controls, then among the variables at your fingertips is aperture. It’s the opening of your lens; each size is called an f-stop. Learning which f-stop to use to get the desired result is one of the fundamental lessons in photography, and for that we have just the cheat sheet for you.

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This Paper “Light Meter” Is a Nifty Tool for Film Photographers

While a handheld light meter is ideal, this paper “light meter” could still be handy in a pinch.

One of the major challenges of shooting with film then, and now, is shooting in manual mode. This is especially the case if you’re shooting with a fully manual camera that lacks a built-in light meter. You either have to get yourself a reliable handheld light meter, or train yourself to “read” light so you can adjust your camera settings for the right exposure. Thankfully, there’s a neat printable guide — let’s call it a cheat sheet while we’re at it — that you can use as a paper “light meter” during your shoots.

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Understand Your Camera Better with this Photography Cheat Sheet

Still getting familiar with your camera’s controls? This simple photography cheat sheet should help with that and eventually get you experimenting with manual mode.

Missed the manual photography cheat sheets we shared previously? We bring yet another one that you can use both to practice shooting in manual mode and get to know your camera controls better. If you’re just getting started with photography, let this be your quick reference for your next practice!

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Convert Your Sony A7r to Full Spectrum for Infrared Photography

This camera conversion project for infrared photography is not for the faint of heart.

Infrared photography is one of the most popular creative styles for both film and digital, but for the latter, you’ll need to have a camera modified specifically for this purpose. If you’ve ever been curious about how cameras are converted to enable them to shoot in infrared, fortunately, there are brave and experienced photographers like Davin Lavikka who show how it’s done.

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Camera Hunting? This Cheat Sheet Will Help You Pick One

Still haven’t figured out which camera is best for you? We found a neat cheat sheet that could help.

So, you’ve decided to take photography more seriously and finally get yourself a new camera. What you haven’t decided on, however, is the exact camera to get for the kind of photography you want to do. Well, we think this nifty cheat sheet we found will be able to help you pick at least the kind of camera to get. Hopefully, from there, you’ll be able to narrow down your search.

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Cheat Sheet: How to Get Better at Low Light Photography

Low light photography can be challenging for beginners and experienced photographers alike. But with some tips and this cheat sheet, you’ll be on your way to getting started or improving your skills.

Been wanting to try low light photography but not sure how to do it the best way? There are also many ways you can find yourself having to shoot in limited light, and it can lead to many disappointing photos. But, with these tips and a cheat sheet that you can use as a reference, you’ll be able to adapt to the scenes and get beautiful low light photos.

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Simple Cheat Sheet for Lighting a Subject for Photo or Video

If you’re just getting started with studio work, this lighting cheat sheet will come in handy when you’re shooting a subject for portraits or videos.

New to shooting in the studio and wondering how to do the lighting? It’s definitely an important part of studio work, but all the equipment and lighting techniques could be intimidating to every beginner. However, with this simple cheat sheet we spotted from r/coolguides, you’ll be on your way to getting started with learning how to light.

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Learn Something: A Color Filter Guide for Black and White Photography

Ever wondered which color filter to use for which effect when shooting in black and white? We’ve got you covered with another guide and cheat sheet.

At some point in your black and white photography journey, you’ll come across photos shot with color filters. If you’ve been wondering how to use them for your photography, we’ve found just the right stuff for you. First is a primer on using color filters for black and white photography, and then a simple cheat sheet that you can use for quick reference while you’re out shooting!

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This Cheat Sheet Is a Quick and Simple Guide to Manual Photography

This cheat sheet is one of the most straightforward guides you can use when learning manual photography.

Taking full control of the camera’s controls can be daunting for any beginner. Thankfully, the Internet is full of tutorials and guides to help make the learning experience easier. We’ve shared a detailed version not so long ago, but we think this quick and simple guide is another cheat sheet to complement that. Take a look and see if it works for you!

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Brush Up on Your Fireworks Photography Skills with These Tutorials

With fireworks season coming soon, it’s time to learn how to get stunning snaps of these aerial light shows or brush up on your skills if you already have an idea how it’s done. Cover photo by Andrew Harnik.

Whether you’re already planning to shoot fireworks during the upcoming Independence Day celebrations or will soon be attending events with fireworks displays, it’s always worth preparing to photograph the big day. We have loads of tips and tutorials you can use to learn how to shoot fireworks, whether you’re a total novice or someone who needs a refresher. Don’t know where to begin? We’ve picked a bunch for you to check out first!

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Cheat Sheet: How to Use a Light Box for Product Photography

Lighting is crucial when using a lightbox. Learn how to get it right with this cheat sheet.

Whether you have a product shoot planned or want to do some still life snaps, a lightbox will help you do the job right. However, if you’re new to it, proper lighting is one of the first things you’ll have to learn. Fortunately, we found a cheat sheet by Pare and Focus (link now unavailable) that should make it easy for you.

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This Cheat Sheet Will Help You Learn Manual Photography Better

If you’ve decided to take the manual photography route, Skylum has a cheat sheet to help you get started. 

Another day, another photography cheat sheet. There’s a lot of them out there, especially for those who want to break away from the auto mode and take full control of their camera settings. But we can never stress enough how important it is to learn how to shoot in manual mode to maximize your creative potential. With this cheat sheet from Skylum, you won’t have to dive blindly into manual photography.

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Make Your Own 5×7″ Wet Plate Holder with a 3D Printer

Heads up, wet plate photographers! If you are in need of a wet plate holder, here’s how you can make one with a 3D printer. 

Planning to give wet plate photography a go but realized you’re missing a 5×7″ plate holder and haven’t been able to find one? To the rescue comes Robert Bieber who recently shared on the r/Collodion subreddit his design for such a holder. Now, all you need to do is get access to a 3D printer.

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What Is RGB and How Does it Work for Photography?

Ever heard of RGB but have no idea what it means? This quick primer should give you an idea about what it is and its role in photography.

RGB is a term (or acronym, to be precise) that gets thrown around in the creative fields, particularly among designers and photographers. For those who are just getting into these fields, however, what it means and how it works may still be a bit of mystery. In one of their recent blog posts, Shutterstock gives a quick overview on what RGB actually is and how designers use it for web design. Photographers will also find this a useful resource, so it’s worth the know-how, especially for those who want to do both creative disciplines.

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