Simple Guide for Getting Started in Digital Photography

Reddit user geft created a useful primer to get newbies started in digital photography. It’s a single image measuring 1045×5480 pixels that covers sensors, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, and camera controls. This would be a great thing to print out, laminate, and give as a gift to someone who’s looking to learn.

Simple Guide to Photography (via Reddit)

Image credit: Graphic created by geft and used with permission

  • Matt

    I was confused for about forever on how aperture and depth of field related to each other. This guide does a pretty good job of explaining it, in my opinion. Worth it for just that.

  • Anonymous

    It seems like a nice guide overall. I would like, though, to see a little more about how getting closer to your subject brings more light from the subject to the sensor. They make a brief reference to it, saying “Lenses generally let less light through when zoomed”, but someone getting started needs to form a mental picture of the subject as a light source and the sensor as something you’re shining light on. Even if you don’t think about the lens at all, it’s intuitive that the closer you get, the more light you get.

  • Georgian Constantin

    When he says “Lenses generally let less light through when zoomed”, he reffers to a limitation in the lens construction. And it isn’t such a general “feature”. There are lenses that keep a constant aperture throughout the range (e.g. The Canon EF 70-200mm, f/2.8 or f/4). But to have that aperture at a focal lenght of 200mm, the lens needs to accomodate an aperture with an opening of 71mm in diameter (That’s the longest focal lenght, 200mm, divided by the largest aperture, 2.8). You can imagine that the lens needs to be fairly big. And expensive to make, which in turn reflects in it’s price. To be able to also make some lenses affordable for “everyone”, manufacturers cut costs by creating lenses with variable aperture (e.g. the canon 18-55mm kit lens, which is f/3.5 at 18mm and f5.6 at 55mm, and needs an opening of only 9.8mm in diameter at it’s longest focal lenght and largest aperture setting), which in turn are smaller, lighter, and cheaper.

  • Maksim Surguy

    So the hotlinking limits were exhausted due to popularity, I believe this is the same guide, in JPG format:

  • peterblaise

    This is not a guide to photography; it’s a guide to (some) camera’s operations and (s0me) effect of (some) controls.

    It may be the difference, let’s say, between learning how and why a car operates and learning how and why a driver operates.