Helpful Photography Cheat Sheets to Make Your Life Easier

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Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned professional, sometimes we all need our memory jogged. It’s never a bad idea to have some convenient references handy just in case. I have listed what I think are some helpful cheat sheets to keep in your camera bag.

Portrait Lighting Cheat Sheet Card
Helpful Photography Cheatsheets

The Photographic Cheat Sheet by Gordon McKinney
Helpful Photography Cheatsheets

49 Photo Tips Cheat Sheet
Helpful Photography Cheatsheets

Light Falloff Cheat Sheet Card
Helpful Photography Cheatsheets

Photography Cheat sheet
Helpful Photography Cheatsheets

PhotoBert Cheatsheets
Helpful Photography Cheatsheets

Reflector Card Cheat Sheet
Helpful Photography Cheatsheets

If you have any other recommendations for helpful photography cheat sheets please leave a comment below.

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71 Responses

  1. @todayinart says:

    Awesome stuff Bill, Thanks!!

  2. jmleclercq says:

    Thanks a lot for sharing !

  3. Bill Jones says:

    Your welcome!

  4. Thanks, time for me to start using reflectors :)

  5. Nate Kay says:

    Great post Bill. I’ll definitely keep these cheat sheets handy.

  6. Saad says:


  7. kimcav says:

    very helpful, thanks!

  8. I am not a professional photographer but I am sure using tips in your post makes my regular photography a bit better

  9. Thanks, now I know what I should expect :)

  10. Ray says:

    Thanks your web site was very helpful, I would like to learn more about lighten effect

  11. audrey says:

    One thing I know. I know nothing about photography. That’s why I don’t understand a thing about this cheat sheet.

  12. Hamadi says:

    Great post! Thanks a lot :)

  13. Kadri says:

    Buddy, that was really helpful.

    keep the good job

  14. photografied says:

    Very good info. i think i’m gonna make a little booklet out of these

  15. Christopher says:

    Keep up the great work!

  16. Amy B. says:

    Great information and links!

  17. Karen G says:

    Great Stuff

  18. Jason says:

    Thanks for the referral link and my apologies to those who were unable to download from the free downloads page. After a lot of requests to fix the link, I decided to put it back live, so if you would like a copy, it’s available from the store page as a “Dollar Download Deal”! Enjoy!

  19. Thanks for the cheat sheets, these will come in handy.

  20. mystery says:

    i have to show this to chloe!!!

  21. chris seddon says:

    really simple things, but really effective. i’m just starting out and i’m thinking about creating my own versions of these cards. something productive to do on one of those rainy days! :)

  22. hendrik says:

    I was really interested by the 49 tips cheat sheet, but unfortunately, the page it links to no longer has the tips posted… anyone know where else to find them?

  23. Tommy says:

    This is great stuff. Thanks. Printing and laminating now…

  24. Thanks for this! This is a big help.

  25. Ogwen Evans says:

    wow, these cribsheets are great!

  26. KPD says:

    Great tools! It’s nice to have them listed in one place too. Thanks so much!

  27. Jason says:

    Hey Hendrick:

    It’s actually been moved to the eStore (attachments on teh blog get deleted off archives after 30 days of free access. It’s still only $1.99 in the store:

  28. Nate says:

    Awesome resources. Thanks a bunch

  29. Monte Pope says:

    I can always use great tips

  30. brilliant cheat cards….i feel that i’ll be using this bookmark often

  31. Ronald Holst says:

    Thank you For the cheat sheets they are great.

  32. Jen Weiss says:

    Great resources, will use it in the future, thank you

  33. I loved this post a lot. Do you mind if i put your website in my directory?

  34. James says:

    Wish I had these during classes!

  35. Yetz says:

    Grezt stuff! Thanks for sharing.

  36. David says:

    Thank you for your help.They are great.

  37. sharin_sg says:

    These are great resources. Thanks.

  38. Judy Lee says:

    WONDERFUL resources!!!

    Thank you!

  39. Linda Achenbach says:

    Very Cool !!!!
    Great Tool’s for the artist….

  40. Trudy says:

    Ooo wee this is fantastic. Thanks for sharing.

  41. Kris says:

    Great tools! Thanx!

  42. Damian says:

    so many little time.
    thanks 1000x Bill

  43. Thx.That is very interesting and useful!

  44. Great set of resources. Thanks for sharing!

  45. Matt Sandy says:

    Thanks for these, I will probably send this page to my friends if they keep asking about how to take fancy looking photos.

  46. Very informative post. Certainly a lot of useful information. Glad I found your blog. Will bookmark it and return for more info.

  47. wes eubank says:

    I believe the light falloff cheat sheet is wrong. The top row is arranged backwards! The closer the light, the softer the light. At a distance, you will have a point light source, and there will be no diffusion.

    Reverse the sequence of the top photos and you will be fine.

  48. very helpful sheets – thanks for sharing

  49. Thank you for sharing – those are very helpful sheets!

  50. Scott Bird says:

    Great stuff! Inspiring me to make one that I need all the time – basic camera setup! I bounce from sports to low light to flash to portrait. Each requires a different setup for shutter, ISO, aperture, mirror lock, cable release, white balance… It seems like I’m always clicking off the first few and missing good shots due to basic errors. Anyone got something like that?

  51. Theo says:

    Thanks for the great resources!

  52. dave says:

    Great compilation…Thanks

  53. DandyDLR says:

    Thanks for sharing this useful info. I love quick references like this you can print off and carry around in your pocket out in the field.

  54. Jade says:

    Great work, Thanks for sharing these awesome cheatsheets. Saves me the time to search and assemble a set on my own.

  55. Rob says:

    A suggestion
    A chart where one axis is a range of apertures, the other axis a range of focal lenths and in each box of intersection the depth of field and it’s starting distance from the film plane.
    Rob g

  56. Doug says:

    There seems like something is amiss in the light fall-off card. The further away your light gets, the more fill it has, and the softer it looks. The opposite should be true. This leaves me thinking perhaps your light is bouncing around your studio and thus increases the light’s size and fill.

  57. John Clement says:

    Thank you so much for these. I’m in Botswana and I’m always looking for resources for our training projects.

  58. Andy Keeble says:

    What an excellent article! There are bound to be cheat sheets for just about anyone, myself included!
    Keep up the great work.


  59. Some great ideas here, think I may have to steal some for my own use :)

  60. Marian Majik says:

    Perfect collection, thanks!

  61. Robert Sail says:

    Some great posts there.

    Thanks Rob

  62. Simply perfect blog post – I save it on delicious – need more posts like this!

  63. Procter says:

    Very usefil cheat sheets for photography.

  64. great information and very handy cheat sheets and thank you for sharing.

  65. Really informative, and very useful – thanks for posting.

  66. Jim Cicala says:

    Great help and very impressive.

  67. Smithk219 says:

    Very nice!

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