Useful Photography Tip #99: Don’t Chimp

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In terms of turnaround, digital photography far outpaces film, but it can slow down the process, too. After making a photograph, there is almost always an impulse to hit the playback button in order to view what you’ve just shot. Naturally, you want to make sure that the colors pop, the light is great and the lines are sharp. Doing this after every shot, however, takes time away from the next photograph you could very well miss. The act of checking your LCD after each shot is called chimping.

In order to remain fully invested in the photographic process, it’s best to leave the LCD alone. Make your photographs and don’t worry about them until later. Of course, be conscious of your settings, but if you’ve got a good enough understanding of light and the interplay of ISO, shutter speed and aperture, you’ll be alright. Plus, abstaining for chimping helps you focus on the act of making a photograph. Besides, by not chimping, you’re giving yourself the ability to be surprised.