The above Chimpanzee has been captured on film with a film camera and subsequently scanned and processed in Photoshop.

Chimping with a digital camera generally refers to the action of checking the LCD monitor of the camera after you capture the image to ensure that the image is to your satisfaction. Take the picture and then turn the camera around to look at the image, something like a Chimpanzee would do.

With the latest digital cameras, the LCD screen is quite large with most cameras, up to 3 inches or 74mm. There are some advantages and also disadvantages in chimping with the LCD screen.

  • One of the biggest advantages of digital cameras compared to film is the instant feedback you get.
  • Even though the screen of most digital cameras is quite large it is still relatively difficult to judge accurately if the exposure is correct from just looking at the image itself on the LCD screen.
  • If you really need to check if the exposure is OK then select the camera’s menu option to see the Histogram on the screen. Most good cameras will have this option. The Histogram will give a very good indication of the correctness of the exposure, it will also indicate if the camera has captured the dynamic range of the scene.
  • If you are really into chimping, then you can also generally zoom in with the LCD monitor with most cameras and if you zoom in enough the sharpnes of the image can also be checked on the monitor.
  • If you spend too much time in chimping you may also miss a critical image. Photography is all about capturing the decisive moment and who wants to miss it.
  • Chimping with the LCD monitor all ┬áthe time will cause your camera to consume more battery power and shorten the number of exposures available from a fully charged battery.
  • Chimping with your camera is a great additional tool for photographers to use.
  • If we do chimp with our cameras lets do it a little more intelligently than a Chimpanzee would do.