Chimping

Do you chimp? As a digital photographer, chimping is a term used to describe the habit of checking every photo on the camera display (LCD) immediately after capture. Some photographers use the term in a derogatory sense to describe the actions of amateur photographers, but the act of reviewing images on-camera is not necessarily frowned upon by professional or experienced photographers alike.

This activity can lead to missed photo opportunities, especially in fast-paced action scenarios. A photographer can be occupied looking at the previous shot rather than actively photographing a scene unfolding in front of them. This activity may also be a symptom of the photographer not understanding what they are doing and relying on the instant instant feedback on the LCD screen to see if they guessed well enough or not. So, we all chimp when shooting photographs. Some more than others. There you go.