To Chimp or Not To Chimp

Oh digital photography, how you have changed so many things for photographers. When you first came along many were excited but skeptical. Now digital photography is as easy has clicking a button on our smartphone. Today’s topic is about chimping which refers to the DSLR cameras. What exactly is chimping you ask? Well here is the definition from the lovely internet.

Chimping is a colloquial term used in digital photography to describe the habit of checking every photo on the camera display (LCD) immediately after capture.
Here is why you need to check yourself to make sure you are not addicted to chimping.
  • It is a distraction! Oh you were looking at your camera and missed the groom dipping the bride during their first dance, they will understand.
  •  Don’t chimp in front of a client – it’s tacky.
  •  Check your settings with one look and get back to shooting.
  •  Don’t edit in camera, edit after on your computer so you can see the images full size.
  •  If you are constantly looking at the back of your camera you may need to take a photo class to resolve the issues   you are having while shooting. Educate yourself on your own time, not your clients.
  •  If your head is buried in the back of the camera your eye is not getting trained to see when and what to take the shot of. Watching is one of the best things you can do as a photographer, learn about timing for candid images.

I check my settings but I don’t bury my head in the back of my camera. This is what I do. I tell my client this is a test shot, I take the shot, check to make sure my settings were correct and if they are get back to shooting. If not, I say, “just one moment while I make a few adjustments”. Then I get back to shooting. It’s easier to have good habits then to break bad ones. Remember you are a photographer, you there to take photos for others to look at and enjoy. Get the moments and memories and then you can stare at them all you want after:)
Cheers – Alexis