Another 15 Cheat Sheets, Printables and Infographics for Photographers

Editor’s note: Last week we shared a list of some great resources for photographers. It was so popular we thought we’d bring you another set compiled for dPS by Julia May, enjoy.

More Photography Tech and Creative Process

The basics every photographer must know. Click the links to see the original article and source.

Continued from #15 from last weeks: 15 of the Best Cheat Sheets, Printables and Infographics for Photographers

#16 Digital Macro and Close-Up Photography for Dummies

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#17 Quick Guide Natural Light Settings

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#18 Exposure Guide: Road to Photography

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#19 Photoshop CS6 Shortcut Cheatsheet

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#20 How to Take Pictures Like a Pro

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#21 Is Photography Dead? Mobile Photography Explosion

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#22 21 Simple Poses to Get You Started With Photographing Children - a dPS article!

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#23 Using Nikon Metering Modes

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#24 Portrait Posing Ideas (Printable)

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25 Portrait Ideas

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Photography Business and Legal

Learn how to get started with your own photography business and check if your marketing strategy includes all the latest techniques.

#25 9 Ways to Grow Your Photography Business in 2014

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#26 9 Free Photography Contracts

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#27 Creating a Marketing Plan That Works (Printable Worksheet)

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#28 Know Your Rights As a Photographer

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#29 Photography Marketing Cheat Sheet (SEO, Social Media, Classic Marketing, Email Marketing)

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#30 Top 15 Photographers Under 25 by Defrozo

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Better Photos in 6 Simple Steps

The bottom line with any photography learning experience is figuring out how to take great images. That is the result all of us are looking for. If we aren’t actually taking great photos then what’s the point of learning? By putting into practice some simple steps, your photography will improve immediately.

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I remember searching the Internet looking for keys that would help me to get to the next level with my photography. When I found a key, it was very exciting. I was already a proficient photographer, but it would have been great to find an article with keys to get me to the next level. So based on my experience here are steps that will take you to the next level.

Directing your Viewer’s Eyes with Lightroom to Make a More Powerful Image

One key to a successful photograph is that it directs the viewer’s attention towards the subject in question. There are many ways that this can be achieved through composition and lightning in the field, but did you know, you can also direct the attention of your viewer’s eyes through post-production?

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You still need an interesting subject for this to work, as directing your viewer’s eyes to a boring location within a frame is still going to result in a boring photograph. For the sake of this tutorial I’ll be using this photograph of an abandoned utility truck, but you could use anything from an interesting tree, to a model, to your pet, and achieve similar results.

Photography Composition – Tips For Composing Great Pictures

Learning how to properly compose pictures can mean the difference between great looking pictures and bad ones. This article will help give you some tips to improve your photo composition and take great digital pictures.


Filling the Frame & Clearing Clutter

There are exceptions to this as you’ll see in a second, but generally filling the frame is one of the easiest things you can do to compose interesting photographs.

Most people make the mistake of trying to include too much in their picture and end up with a boring photo where nothing really stands out.

For example, if you are taking a picture of your child playing on a swing, you could fill the frame of you child on the swing and leave out the swingset and other background clutter, like Uncle Ed tending to the barbeque. Otherwise your child will be lost in the clutter and the picture won’t capture the wonderful details of your child’s fun flight through the air on the swing. You can always go back and take a close up of Uncle Ed flipping the burgers.

The great thing about digital cameras is that you can see the picture in playback mode to make sure it looks okay. Then if something you hadn’t noticed before is there, like a stray piece of litter on the ground you can re-shoot the picture.

Sometimes leaving lots of empty space in the photo also works well. You may want to fill two thirds of the picture of something like a sandy beach to get a special effect. Just be sure to get a close enough shot so that your subject fills at least about a third of the frame. So now it’s time to talk about one of the most important tips for taking photographs.

What to Photograph on Cloudy or Rainy Days?

As a travel photographer it can be incredibly frustrating and stressful when you have limited time somewhere and you are hit with overcast, or even rainy days. This happened to me recently when on a five day trip in a national park. I had four days of grey skies and constant rain. It can be difficult to keep yourself motivated, so here are a few tips on what to photograph, or what you can do instead on overcast or rainy days.


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Slow Shutter Speed Photography

Shutter speed works two ways on your camera: it can be used to freeze motion so everything in the frame is nice and sharp; or it can be used to blur motion so some things in the frame are blurred, giving the picture a unique look. You may be shaking your head at this; but sometimes I want to actually slow down my shutter speed to create blur in my image, giving it somewhat of an artistic expression. These are images that probably don’t exist in the real world, as viewed through a pair of normal eyes; but with a slower shutter speed we can create beautiful, artistic expressions that otherwise might have never been seen.

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Camera Settings for Blurring Motion

Some Retouching Basics for Graphic Designers and Photographers

We’ve got important Photoshop techniques here for you, all focused on improving your photo manipulations and retouches. This tutorial will teach you how make skin smoother, and how to make charming eyes. By simply adjustment layers you will make better colors. Then, you will make grain on skin, to more realistic look.

Preview of Final Results

With this tutorial you will create amazing beauty retouch, which can be used in printed media – like in magazines, flyers, adverts and more. You can use this knowledge in your designs, or even if you are photographer! You’ll need Photoshop CS5 or newer to follow this tutorial.


Tutorial Resources

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