Product Profile: PhotoBert CheatSheets

Who needs manuals?

They are indestructible, fold up small enough to fit in most gadget bags, and give you all the basics for you to operate your new camera or flash. Meet PhotoBert CheatSheets.

Question: What are the three most flagrantly ignored words a photographer will ever hear?

Answer: “Read the manual.”

Manuals are boring. They take up room. They’re hard to flip through. The worst ones are written in a language that looks like English, but somehow manages not to be. They’re made of thin, easily-destructable paper. And, for reasons that I can’t understand in this era of low-cost offset printing, they’re in black-and-white.


Shown: PhotoBert CheatSheet for Canon EOS 7D.

But you don’t need to read the manual if you have a  PhotoBert CheatSheet. Written by Burt Sirkin, these colorful, laminated, and tri-folded 8.5x11 sheets fit in most camera bags and give you clear, concise instructions and information designed to enlighten you when you’re out there trying to figure out how to change modes or when you’re not quite sure what the heck this button is supposed to do.

There are PhotoBert CheatSheets for more than 50 Canon and Nikon cameras and shoe-mounted flash, and for three Fujifilm DSLRs. Cameras include high-end DSLRs such as the Nikon D3s, Canon 7D, and Fujifilm S5, advanced compacts such as the Canon G12 and Nikon Coolpix 8800, and a handful of film cameras.



 Shown: PhotoBert CheatSheet for Nikon  D300s.

As an example of the range of topics that Burt fits on that 2-sided guide, here’s an example of topics and directions you’ll find on the CheatSheet for the Canon 7D:

· Exposure Compensation
· Viewing Image Shooting Info
· Menus
· Image Size
· Image Magnification
· Image Review
· Image Quality
· Metering Modes
· Power Saving
· Drive Modes
· Picture Styles
· Grid and Electronic Level
· Self Timer
· White Balance Settings
· Shooting Movies
· Mirror Lockup
· White Balance Correction
· Sensor Cleaning
· ISO Equivalency
· White Balance Bracketing
· Filename Numbering
· Internal Flash Mode Usage
· Auto Light Optimizer
· Formatting
· Red-Eye Reduction
· Lens Peripheral Illumination Correction
· Quick Control Screen
· Flash Exposure Compensation
· Custom Settings Reference
· Live View Shooting
· Flash Exposure Lock (FEL)
· Focus Modes
· Registering User Settings
· Flash Control
· Manual Focus
· Exposure Modes
· Image Playback
· Auto/Manual AF Point Selection
· Auto Exposure Bracketing (AEB)
· Image Index Display
· AF Area Modes Reference
· Auto Exposure Lock (AE Lock)
· Image Protection
· Focus Lock (AF Lock)
· BULB Exposures
· Slide Shows
· LCD Reference
· Color Spaces

There are also cheat sheets for older editions of Adobe Photoshop, as well as the comprehensive Digital PhotoCourse On A Card.

The cards are handy for pros and enthusiasts alike who might need a quick reminder about some mode or feature but don’t have time to flip through the manual.  Typical Cheat Sheets cost between $8-11, and I find them to be invaluable. Go here to find a CheetSheet for your camera or flash!


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