Free Photography Cheat Sheet


I recently gave a photography introduction presentation to the AIGA UW-Stout Student Group. As I was planning the presentation I decided I should handout something to help students remember all of the photography terms I was going to mention and how to utilize them. I proceded to scour the internet to find a cheat sheet that contained all of the basic photography terms. I was surprised to find that there was not a free resource like that out there. So to make the long story short I decided to make one myself.

This photography cheat sheet is free to download. Print as many as you like, give them your friends, use them in classrooms, and be sure to keep one in your camera bag. Just please do not remove my logo and url from the document. Also do not redistribute the files on your website. They should only be available for download on this site.

There are two files. The first is just a single cheat sheet front and back that is 4.25″ by 5.5.” The other file is four cheat sheets on a 8.5″ by 11″ front and back to be printed and cut apart.

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This is the first version of the cheat sheet. If you have any suggestions for improvement please post them in the comments.

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My name is Colin Schye. I am a designer and photographer that recently graduated from the School of Art and Design at the University of Wisconsin - Stout. I graduated from the Multimedia Design program with a minor in Applied Photography. I am currently working as a Designer at Morsekode in Minneapolis.

As an artist in today’s society, I use my surroundings paired with my eye for detail to create art in many different ways. From drawing to technologically based art, my passions exceed far beyond the scope of normality. Relying solely on one type of medium does not satisfy my craving for originality and creativity. Gaining inspiration from different environments and people and the feelings they evoke is what gives my work a unique feel. My style is constantly changing as I experience different aspects of life and thus my artwork is always adapting to reflect these changes.

My work efficiently combines the usability and functionality of design with the beauty and marvel of art. I strive to create pieces that are clean and simple, yet appealing and memorable. By doing so, I leave my audience with a lasting impression that encompasses not only my passion but also my values in life. Working with different mediums, I am able to design truly unique pieces. My designs have evolved through exploration and instruction. They will continue evolving so long as I am determined to see past the initial, and most obvious, view of the world.