Chimping refers to the habit of some photographers of checking every photo on the camera display immediately after capture. Chimp is an acronym for CHeck IMage Preview.
It is sometimes used in a derogatory sense to describe the actions of amateur photographers, but that’s really narrow minded because professional and experienced photographers do that all the time.
Well, not for every photo they shoot, but for every important photo, say, the first of a series, to ensure proper exposure, white balance and composition. They review that image on-camera, make any necessary adjustments, shoot another test shot, adjust again until they are satisfied. Then they shoot away, confident that the exposure is correct and all they need to concentrate on is taking pictures.
Chimping is all the more important these days because the display screens on many digital cameras often show a much better image than you may have captured.
Many screens adjust intensity automatically depending on the ambient light and the smaller area often show your pictures as sharp when a closer look (using the magnification feature) often reveals out-of-focus or blurred areas.
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Russell Brown has three videos to show how to do masking in Photoshop CS5. Well worth watching. I would not be surprised that, if after watching these videos, you hurry to order the new PS5.
CNET Senior Editor Dan Ackerman did a little experiment at E3, ditching his Netbook for an iPad. The purpose was to see how well the iPad fares as his writing, reporting, blogging, photo uploading device.
The attraction is definitely there and I understand fully why Ackerman did this experiment. I wouldn’t. A few minutes typing on the iPad at the Apple Store quickly answered that question for me. It’s a PITA just correctly typing out a URL, never mind an entire article. But I admire his courage. [Wonder if he cheated some nights and switched to his Netbook, which he did bring with him also?]
Read his story at: CNET.
In response to concerns that its contest rules simply appropriate entrants’ photos, Adorama has changed its rules so photographers retain the rights to their submitted pictures while granting Adorama the rights to use them in a non-exclusive [though regretably still "rrevocable, perpetual"] license.
We still believe there should be a maximum of one year beyond which the pictures cannot be used without remuneration. Just our opinion.
Read the article at: Photo Attorney.
Scott Kelby has a great article on “HDR” — you know the over-the-top-kind — and whether to HDR your image or not. I like that part of his article:
If someone shows me a great HDR image, I’m like “Wow!” If they show me a few more, I’m like, “Those are good.” If they show me a book of them, after about the eighth page, I’m dying to see a regular un-HDR’d image. The novelty can wear off fast on me.
But read the surprising conclusion at: Photoshop Insider.