You may have heard the term, chimping. Chimping is what 9 out of 10 (if not 99 out of 100) photographers do when shooting digital. They check their images on the back of the camera to see what they just shot.
The term 'chimping' is attributed to Robert Deutsch, a USA Today staff photographer, in September 1999 when writing a story for the SportsShooter newsletter.
The phrase is most likely derived from comparison between the sounds and actions some make while reviewing images and those of an excited primate (Oooh! Oooh! Aaah!), or when a photographer is completely absorbed in the act of analyzing, admiring or proudly displaying a shot to others.
Many of us chimp immediately after each shot or after each series of shots. Others chimp in breaks in their shooting.
It seems that many hard core photographers disable the image review on the LCD completely. It can give faster shooting speeds, remove the distraction of the image popping up, and real pros need not look at each image. They're of course confident that what they just shot is perfect.
They may replay a single frame or two when they start shooting to make certain that they are not completely off track with exposure, and maybe look at their captures on the LCD when they're done. Some even seem sure enough of their merits that they just empty the card onto the computer and do the review in post processing once back home.
Well, I'm not confident enough to be that cool. I chimp! Vigorously! And I love it. And judging from the chimping I see around me when looking at other photographers, so do they. There's nothing like ensuring yourself that the image has not only been caught, but that it's also reasonably well composed and exposed.
I did turn off the automatic LCD review several times to see if it would work for me, but after having spent seconds staring at the pitch black LCD after each image or group of images was shot, I turned it on again.
The benefits of the quick image review is unsurpassed by almost any other feature I can think of in digital cameras. I remember back at my film era where hours if not days would pass before I knew whether I had set the flash right, nailed the right aircraft or just managed to get it in focus.
A Chimping Video take on Sports Photography
Photo Source :Sportshooter
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