There are many ways to learn the basics of photography, such as classes, tutorials and simply capturing more images. However, there's a neat new method using playing cards, Photography Deck.

Launched on Kickstarter, the campaign far exceeded its funding goal during its first day. At the time of writing, over 600 backers had contributed more than $20,000 USD, compared to the goal of just $1,122.

The unique and attractive deck of cards are designed to appeal to shutterbugs and photography newcomers alike. Each suit covers a different topic: Clubs cover technical details, diamonds showcase shooting styles, hearts offer composition tips and finally, spades teach camera basics.

The 3 of spades card features the exposure triangle. Image credit: Photography Deck on Kickstarter

The technical details on the clubs cards include manual shooting, white balance, color theory and more. For example, the 6 of clubs teaches the viewer about the histogram. The shooting style-themed diamonds cards illustrate styles of photography including flash photography, macro, portrait photography among others. The hearts cards feature composition topics such as negative space, symmetry, patterns, leading lines, the rule of thirds and more. Adorned with basic camera information, the spades cards illustrate camera topics such as aperture, shutter speed, focal length, depth of field and more. The 3 of spades illustrates the exposure triangle of shutter speed, ISO and aperture.

Via the Kickstarter page, creator Eric Bohring states that each card 'illustrates the most important rules and techniques about photography' while featuring unique camera artwork. 'Think of them as pocket-sized cheat sheets that you can bring wherever you travel,' the campaign continues. The product is designed as a unique gift for photography enthusiasts and as a useful and artistic addition to your own camera bag.

The deck of cards is a standard playing deck with 52 cards and a pair of jokers. Each card features a micro-linen texture and is a standard playing card size: 3.5 x 2.5 inches (89 x 64mm).

If you'd like to make a pledge to the Photography Deck project, it's about $14 USD to receive a standard Photography Deck, with shipping expected in August. For about $17, you can receive a limited edition green deck. If you'd like both decks you can receive a standard and limited edition deck for $29.

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