These cheat sheets come in very handy for people who want a quick guide on how to use their camera when they are out in the field. When you are new to photography, especially DSLR photography, all the settings can be a little overwhelming. So I made this quick guide which you can reference for the type of shot you are trying to achieve and the conditions you are faced with.

Download it, print it, laminate it, shrink it, share it… however it helps your photography- use it ! 🙂

Click link below to go to PDF version in browser 🙂 Click OPEN in the top right to save to your computer!

This is a JPEG version of the Manual Photography cheat sheet but the BIG RED button underneath will let you download a full resolution PDF, which is a much sharper allowing you to zoom right in !!!


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Peter Thombson

Technical question. If I see a landscape and photograph at aperture 1.8, 5.6 and 16 and mix the shutter speed on each of the 3 photographs would this increase the improve the wavefront coding in HDR in the depth of field and improve sharpness and what would you suggest to improve the edge detection in HDR to improve the look of the image .

Luke Zeme
Hey Peter, my personal rule in HDR is to use the same aperture throughout my HDR bracket and let the HDR algorithm of the camera work out the shutter speeds… now, I’ve just done a quick look around on the net for your technique and it’s known as “focus stacking” right ? HDR’s role is to allow a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image . The method you are describing is one for a greater DOF (depth of field). I personally don’t use focus stacking as im more interested in manipulation of light rather… Read more »
andrew black

Hi luke excellent cheat sheet.




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Love it. Thanks for sharing!

Luke Zeme

No problem Sandra, it kind of brushed up my own knowledge when I made it 🙂


Ref: DSLR Cheat Sheet

Great tool! Thank you for sharing.

I taped a copy on a white door,took a photo, protected it from being erased and now it goes everywhere my camera goes. It can not be read on the 3″ display but I can enlarge and scroll as needed.

Luke Zeme

That is a really good idea ! and then you just have it inside your camera, Well done 🙂


Hello Luke,
I have shared your cheat sheet on the facebook page of my photography workshop business. Hope this is ok.

Luke Zeme

Hey Etienne, more than ok. Looks like you have a nice little workshop going there.
Cheers Luke


Thank you for this! So concise and was just what I was looking for. Will shrink it and laminate it for sure!

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