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Manual Photography Cheat Sheet
by Miguel Yatco

By Amy Wright | Apr 15, 2019

We love infographics! They make sharing information easy, and visually appealing. Below is a great infographic that is perfect for beginning photographers, a cheat sheet for manual photography created by Miguel Yatco. In addition here are some helpful notes via Living in the Stills to help you get started:


  • The light meter is different from the exposure setting.
  • Keeping your light meter at “0” doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the perfect setting. Just don’t stray too far from the “0”. Adjust to your liking.
  • Positive numbers on your exposure setting will make your photos brighter.
  • Negative numbers make your photos darker.


  • Small numbers (like f/1.4) have larger openings, which let in more light.
  • Big numbers (like f/16) have smaller openings, which let in less light.


  • Seeing 100, 250, 320, etc. on your viewfinder means “1/(number seen)”, like “1/100”.
  • Try not to use 1/60 or less when handheld, that’s when you use a tripod or look for something steady.
  • Using longer exposure (slow shutter speed) will let in more light.
  • Using shorter exposure (fast shutter speed) will let in less light.


  • ISO is the sensitivity of your camera to light
  • Lower numbers are less sensitive to light, which give smoother photos.
  • Higher numbers are very sensitive to light, which give very grainy and noisy photos.


If you have a cool infographic of your own, why not turn it into an awesome canvas print? It could make a great addition to an office space or studio!