I’m sure you’ve heard a lot about the many advantages of digital photography. And not only that, but I am convinced that you are one of the faithful defenders of this technology in the face of chemical photography. And it’s logical, so am I, of course. Because the fact of having almost unlimited reels, or being able to revise immediately the result of the shot are two of the characteristics that made digital photography burst with a lot of force.
However, being able to check the screen of your camera every time you take a picture is not always a good option, or at least it isn’t if you don’t take some considerations into account. Do you want to know what the recommendations are to make the most of what the Anglo-Saxons call “chimping”? Then don’t miss this article.
What Is “Chimping”?
Whether you’re a professional photographer, or a beginner starting out in photography with your reflex camera, or even your mobile phone, you’re chimping all the time, you know that?
But what the hell is this “chimping” thing? Well, very simple, is the process of reviewing the photographs on the back screen of our cameras, moments after having taken the picture.
After the revision of the screen, the photographer can choose to eliminate some photography, to modify some parameter of the camera in order to face following shots, or even to save the camera considering that the desired result has been achieved. In all these cases, the process of reviewing the photograph on the camera, just after it has been taken, is known as “chimping”.
Many attribute the term to Bryan Peterson. And, although the etymology of the word is not clear, it does seem to allude to chimpanzees and, therefore, could have a certain negative character associated with photographers who do not make good use of this functionality of digital photography.
It Doesn’t Have To Be Bad, But You Have To Know How To Use It
Reviewing the result on the screen of our camera is not a bad thing in itself, but to get the most out of it, on the one hand, it is very important to know the characteristics of the display of our camera. How it can help you and how it can even confuse you.
On the other hand, in many occasions, to stop reviewing and paying more attention to the scene we are photographing and the parameters used, can also help us to really progress as photographers and abandon the trial-and-error game in which many fall for the simple fact of being able to check the result immediately. In fact, for this reason, there are many photographers who disable and recommend disabling the function that causes an automatic preview to be displayed on our camera screen and only check the result sporadically to verify the exposure, or exact framing of a photograph.
However, as not everything is good or bad, but many times the difference is in knowing how to use the tools at our disposal, so that you can make proper use of the screen of your camera and know its limitations, here are 4 tips to put into practice.