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Download the HTG Photography Cheat Sheet (Wallet-Sized!)


Made for the photographer on the go, our newest HTG Cheat Sheet is designed to be printed and is conveniently credit card-sized to fit in most wallets. Carry critical photographic info with you wherever you go!

For the newbie photographer or the quick reference for the DSLR aficionado, the How-To Geek Photo Cheat Sheet will make your life easier with critical information to help you take better pictures. Whether it’s common aperture full stops, camera white balance settings, or the common exposure value table, the How-To Geek Photo Cheat Sheet is a great addition any the photographer’s wallet.


The How-To Geek Photo Cheat Sheet


You can click the image or the link below to download the cheat sheet in PDF format, which you can easily print using your favorite PDF reader.

Confused about any of the terms on this Cheat Sheet? Check out our previous article on the elements of exposure for clarification, or learn about how cameras work.

(Author’s Note: For best results, follow the printing directions included on the PDF, and print your cheat sheets on a heavy cardstock, available at any office supply store or copy center.)

Download the HTG Photo Cheat Sheet (PDF).

Eric Z Goodnight is an Illustrator and Stetson-wearing wild man. During the day, he manages IT and product development for screenprinted apparel manufacturing; by night he creates geek art posters, writes JavaScript, and records weekly podcasts about comics.

  • Published 05/25/11

Comments (7)

  1. Kevin

    Dear Sirs,

    The higher the Kelvin Temperature, the more blue the light is, so I beleive that on the White Balance and Color Temperature the statements “Image Shifts to Bluish Color” and “Image Shifts to Yellowish Color” are reversed.

    Otherwise, this is a very handy item and I will be showing it to my 4-H photography kids.


  2. Eric Z Goodnight

    When I change my White balance slider to Low temperatures, the image shifts blue, because it’s trying to set a white point to very warm light. Hence a setting on those lower temperature textures will shift your image to blue, and higher temperatures will shift your image to warmer, yellower colors.

    The first bar represents the color of the actual light and the White balance settings you want to use in those situations, as well as what you’ve said about bluer light being a warmer temperature. The second represents the shift the image will take when you use those settings.

    I might change it if other people are confused by it, but the information seems 100% right.

  3. joanna


  4. Kevin

    Turn this into a pocketmod at

  5. DeerSpotter

    Please provide the psd for this application??? so we could change it around to what we need. (i like the first guys comment).


  6. Fred

    Excellent reference.
    Next time you should use this to make the thing easier to print/cut out etc.


  7. Joe "Tulsa" Bergschneider

    Blue light is the cold light, just like if you are photo shooting on an overcast day. To correct the color shift in a photo edit program you would add yellow and vice versa for yellow light. you would add blue to cloro correct. Think blue light “cold” and yellow “warm” and you’ll always remember.

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