While here in the South we’re in full summer swing, some of you are in the throes of those last days of school. Awards ceremonies, graduations, proms, parties all add up to plenty of photo opportunities!

But you’ve got to be careful you don’t start Chimping!

I love this term, because it so perfectly describes the behavior of so many of us with a digital camera. We take the photo, then look at the back of the camera to see how it came out  – going “ooh, ooh, ooh!”  Chimping.

The problem with Chimping is…


If you take a few seconds after every snap to look at what you did, you’re missing a ton of moments! Often when people relax is when you get the best results, so taking several frames right in a row can give you that perfect smile, glance, tender touch, goofy face.

So why do we Chimp?

When we were making the transition from film to digital, one of the great benefits of digital was you could see your image instantly, no need to guess! But really?

How many times have you looked at the pic on the back of your camera and thought it looked fine, only to get home and find out that it’s out of focus or someone’s eyes are closed? That’s because that little tiny screen (even the new, larger ones) is such a low resolution, the only thing you can be sure of is that you have the right number of folks in the frame!

Since we don’t have to pay a fortune to develop and print film any more, why not just shoot away?

Try this: if your camera has a viewfinder, turn off the display. It’ll save your battery, but most importantly, it’ll save you from the tragic disgrace that is Chimping.

Happy Snapping!

No actual chimps were harmed in the making of this post. Any resemblance to above chimp by persons living or dead is strictly coincidental and should not be considered to be the opinion of the editors. And thank you The_Gut for sharing the photo with a creative-commons license.
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  1. Zanne says:

    I don’t use my screen unless I’m showing someone something or I’m taking a shot at an odd angle. My screen swivels so that’s nice. Also, my camera has a feature that will magnify the shots you take so when you go back & view them you can tell if they are in focus or not. It just uses battery juice. With all that said…. I totally agree you can miss some nice shots while looking at the ones you take.

    Never heard the term chimping… thanks for sharing.

  2. Sarah says:

    Ive also heard that chimping and deleting in camera can shorten the life of your memory card. Not sure if that’s true or not, but another reason possibly to avoid chimping.

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