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Whats chimping?

 
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Mar 26, 2012 07:45 |  #16

I never "Chimp". ;~)


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Mar 26, 2012 09:11 |  #17

Tiberius47 wrote in post #14154366 (external link)
I chimp so much that my girlfriend puts "Curator of Primates" on her resume.

bw!


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Mar 26, 2012 09:16 |  #18

I don't understand why chimping gets a bad rap. The only caution that I can come up with is, be careful not to miss shots while you are checking what you have done. But, in general, if you have the time to look at the shot, and the histogram; double check that your settings worked.. do it.


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Mar 26, 2012 09:37 |  #19

hairy_moth wrote in post #14155216 (external link)
I don't understand why chimping gets a bad rap. The only caution that I can come up with is, be careful not to miss shots while you are checking what you have done. But, in general, if you have the time to look at the shot, and the histogram; double check that your settings worked.. do it.

It's definitely a skill, getting the balance. I keep trying not to, but I seem to often get burnt by the camera metering when I don't. I keep thinking I have enough experience to anticipate the camera metering and then - bollocks 1 stop over or 2 stops under!


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Mar 26, 2012 09:55 |  #20

thedcmule2 wrote in post #14151696 (external link)
Damn it I thought it was a technique to further improve skill

Im upset

Actually it is, if you use it to review the histogram to verify exposure settings or to check composition it can be of assistance. If all you are doing patting yourself on the back then not much help.


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Mar 26, 2012 11:29 |  #21

The Wikipedia article linked to has a very good quote and reference from a photog:

“The implied pejorative [In the term 'chimping'] is shocking to me. If there's any one thing that is revolutionary in the advance of photography represented by this digital age, it is the ability to inspect your work. Ignore such ridicule, and use the tools to their fullest.”

He further points out that using the LCD panel effectively means that a light meter can be left at home and if the shot isn't right, it can be tried again. Therefore, the idea that only "wannabe" photographers need to look at the LCD and check the exposure, image, or both may be unreasonable.

However, 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 instant feedback to see if they guessed well enough or not, hence possibly its association with "newbie" photographers.[citatio​n needed]

Regardless of how the activity is viewed, it is now common to see photographers at media or sports events, "chimping" their shots, checking to see if they got the image they desired.[4]


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