Tutorial // The “ultimate” trick to stop chimping

by Yanidel

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Digital photography brought the capability to review instantly your last shot. While at first sight it seemed a wonderful feature, it actually ends up in diverting your attention from the most important, that is the action occuring around you. Indeed think about all the street shots that you lost because you were looking at your LCD instead of concentrating on your environment. Quite a few ones, right ? Add to that the resulting battery drain and the “on the fly” deletion of potential keepers and you’ll conclude that chimping has actually more drawbacks than advantages in street photography.

There are obvioulsy simple and effective ways to avoid chimping such as power of mind or buying a half case for your camera. Yet in the first case, some of us (I include myself in that category) simply do not have that power of mind and implacably end up hitting the “play” button (even on days when we strongly commit not to do it). In some ways, it has become second nature, fingers automatically looks for the review button as soon as we take a shot (or worse, some have automatic review activated). As for the half case solution (or LCD cover), it slowq down access to the LCD screen when in need to alter or activate key functions (format card, ISO’s, battery level, etc …). Apart from it, it also adds thickness to the body which can significantly worsen the ergonomics of your camera.

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