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Last Updated on January 19, 2018

The Ultimate Photography Cheat Sheet Every Photography Lover Needs

The Ultimate Photography Cheat Sheet Every Photography Lover Needs

The almighty photo is quickly taking over the world. As our attention spans grow small, we really only want to see the photo and possibly a short sentence describing it. I mean look at social media avenues such as Instagram or Facebook, not to mention the newly coined term “selfie.” We just cannot get enough images in our lives. For this reason, quality photography is becoming increasingly important to captivate and lure in our audiences to our website, business, or blog.

You can buy a fancy dSLR camera, sure, but do you know how to use it? I have this exact problem: a fancy camera that is not living up to its potential because I do not know how to properly operate it. Well, here is some good news for me and those of you in my situation: I have rounded up a whole list of photography cheat sheets to use! This is one you will want to bookmark and save for reference!

The Basics of How to Use Your Camera Settings Cheat Sheet:

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    White Balance Photography Cheat Sheet:

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      Types of Digital Cameras Cheat Sheet:

        Low Light Photography Cheat Sheet:

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          F Stops Cheat Sheet:

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            Master Composition, Expose for the Landscape and Sky, Learn to Blur Moving Water Photography Cheat Sheet:

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              Wedding Photography Cheat Sheet:

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                Portrait Lighting Photography Cheat Sheet:

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                  Family Portrait Cheat Sheet:

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                    Portrait Cropping Cheat Sheet:

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                      How to Use the Viewfinder on your Nikon Cheat Sheet:

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                        How to Read a Histogram Photography Cheat Sheet:

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                          Nikon Metering Mode Cheat Sheet:

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                            Backlighting Photography Cheat Sheet:

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                              Color Temperature Cheat Sheet:

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                                The Fundamentals of Exposure Cheat Sheet:

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                                  Action Photography Cheat Sheet:

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                                     Best Shutter Speeds for Every Situation Cheat Sheet:

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                                      Focal Lengths Cheat Sheet:

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                                        Once you have taken all of these lovely photographs, check out this post to see what your photographer rights are:

                                        Photographer Rights Cheat Sheet:

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                                          Now I don’t know about you, but this article makes me want to get out my dSLR camera and play! Which settings and/or cheat sheet intrigue you the most?

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                                          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                          11 Google Chrome Apps and Features to Help You Get More Done with Less Effort

                                          In today’s fast-paced and never-ending busy world, we are overwhelmed by tasks that need to be completed by tight deadlines. With so much technology it is difficult to find the right tools to help boost our efficiency. And, many tools get obsolete so its essential to stay up-to-date to know when you will have to make adjustments to these tools. Independently of where you work, there’s a good chance that you have to be working on a PC or a laptop.

                                          Do you are feel like you do not have enough time, or cannot accomplish much as of late? It is recommended to take a step back and look at the big picture. Also, you want to explore new and innovative ways to improve productivity.

                                          In this article, I outline 11 features and apps within the Chrome browser that can help you do just that.

                                          Minimizing Tabs

                                          Let’s face it we all have more than a dozen tabs opened on our computers. One neat trick to still keep most of them open is to turn them into pinned tabs. On Google Chrome you can right-click the tab and select “Pin Tab” option. This turns the tab into an icon enabling you to continue multitasking.

                                          Pinning a tab anchors the tabs on the left of your toolbar; a great benefit of the “Pin Tab” feature is that you can’t close these tabs accidentally since the “X” disappears after pinning them.

                                          Incognito Mode

                                          Google Chrome is a very easy-to-use and intuitive. But, Google does collect our browsing data; so to remedy this, you can use Incognito Mode. This feature does not keep your browsing or download history. You can enable or access it in three different ways:

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                                          1. Press Ctrl/Command+shift+N
                                          2. Select File Menu and choose New Incognito Window
                                          3. Download extension New Incognito Window

                                          This feature is very handy if you’d rather not have your browsing history stored and utilized for future advertisement or suggested pages.

                                          Save Webpages as PDF Files

                                          Have you ever browsed interesting or important information and then forgot to bookmark or save it in “favorites”, making it impossible to find again? Chances are you have done this on a number of occasions.

                                          Thankfully, there is an easy solution. You can save webpages as PDF files. On your keyboard, press control/command+p and you will be able to save webpages as PDFs.

                                          Open Recently-closed Tabs

                                          Ever had dozens of tabs opened and all of a sudden your browser shuts down? It has probably happened to all of us. You can easily recover all of your tabs using two approaches. Don’t panic if this happens because there is a workaround and solution for it.

                                          One is by pressing Ctrl/CMD+Shift+T.

                                          The other approach is to click on the three vertical dots on your browser and hover over “History”.

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                                          Solve Mathematical Problems

                                          Google’s Chrome browser doesn’t just search for relevant and updated information. It is also capable of performing some mathematical problems. Within the omnibox (Chrome’s address or URL bar), you can perform mathematical exercises.

                                          For example, if you are struggling with percentages you can search 20 percent of x amount and it will instantly provide a result. Pretty handy, right?!

                                          Play Media Files

                                          Are you frequently met with difficulties when playing or watch a video files? Well, once again Chrome comes to the rescue. You can can listen or play videos from all sorts of movie or music files (mp3, mp4, .mov, .mkv, .ogv, .webm, .wav, etc.) by simply dragging the file into the search bar.

                                          In addition, you can view images, PDF files and Microsoft Office files, too.

                                          Navigate Swiftly Between Tabs

                                          With all of those tabs opened comes great navigation responsibilities. Rather than clicking through every tab, you can use shortcut keys like Ctrl+Tab to navigate all of the different tabs. Also, you are able to navigate to the first tab by pressing Ctrl-1, Ctrl-2, and so on. If you want to switch to the very last tab, press Ctrl-9.

                                          Stay Focus(e)d

                                          Computers nowadays have awesome capabilities.

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                                          Sometimes we like to get work done, but let’s face it, we’re all human. We sometimes procrastinate by visiting a website we really like, or maybe take a break with watching a flick on Netflix, a video on YouTube or browsing Facebook.

                                          With Chrome’s StayFocusd extension, you can truly stay focused and get more done in less time.

                                          This extension naturally helps you stay more productive by limiting the amount of time you spend on websites. You can set the time and it will automatically block those sites after a certain period.

                                          Grammarly for Editing

                                          Grammarly is a must have, and it’s really a complete powerhouse. Grammarly helps you check your grammar and spelling for everything you write online.

                                          You can use it professionally or as a student, which will make the editing process much easier and more efficient. Furthermore, it can automatically check for typos when you send an email, type a Tweet, or post a Facebook comment. It’s like having your own personal copyeditor!

                                          Loom

                                          There are times that words in an email or written text in a chat app will just not convey the right meaning.

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                                          There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. Well, the same is true of videos.

                                          With Loom, you can capture, narrate and immediately share video recordings of your screen, which will help coworkers understand issues you are facing, or to easily convey an explanation on screen. Plus, with video you will be able to easily walk people through a process, and you can use it to create simple how-to videos.

                                          Chrome Calendar Extension

                                          No matter what your level of responsibility is at your job, Google Calendar is another essential resource to have at your fingertips.

                                          Specifically, you can have this extension added as an icon in the toolbar of your browser, which I highly recommend. Once you add the extension to your browser, you can check for upcoming events with a single click without leaving your current page.

                                          Final Thoughts

                                          Google Chrome has definitely evolved from its inception. As you can see you have a very powerful tool that comes as a free installation and is loaded with dozens of capabilities. The above listed Chrome apps can resolve some of the most common obstacles to your time management and productivity.

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