This is still the best photography cheat sheet we’ve found online

Manual photography infographic

It’s often said that everyone’s a photographer these days. As consumer cameras get more affordable and smartphones get more sophisticated, we’re all addicted to snapping shots of our daily lives. 

That’s why modern smartphones sport beefy triple-camera arrays, with the new iPhone 13 Pro boasting one of the best yet (check out our iPhone 13 Pro review for more). With such powerful photographic tools at our fingertips, it makes sense to learn how to use them. And while auto modes will do a decent job of capturing a scene in front of you, to handle all shooting situations and make something special, you need to switch to manual and learn how to use a camera’s settings. And that goes for a smartphone, too!

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Jim McCauley

Jim McCauley is a writer, performer and cat-wrangler who started writing professionally way back in 1995 on PC Format magazine, and has been covering technology-related subjects ever since, whether it's hardware, software or videogames. A chance call in 2005 led to Jim taking charge of Computer Arts' website and developing an interest in the world of graphic design, and eventually led to a move over to the freshly-launched Creative Bloq in 2012. Jim now works as a freelance writer for sites including Creative Bloq, T3 and PetsRadar, specialising in design, technology, wellness and cats, while doing the occasional pantomime and street performance in Bath and designing posters for a local drama group on the side.