Getting the Chimp off Your Back

The digital era truly revolutionized photography. While most of the advancements were positive, I think the instant gratification that the LCD provides also created a stumbling block. In the days of film, you either got it right or you didn’t. If you were smart you bracketed your shots, and if you knew your way around a darkroom you could make certain fixes, but when all was said and done, you either got it right or you didn’t. Digital, however, changed that– allowing us to cast away our light meters, dive right in, and check our work as we go. A good thing, right? Not entirely, because new-found convenience has also, to an extent, eroded our confidence. One photographer went so far as to tell me recently that LCD actually stands for “Lowers Confidence Dramatically.”

So, what do we do about it?

Excellent article at Digital Photography School.

The only thing I slightly disagree with is the instruction to go completely over to manual mode. I see this a lot, and I don’t think it’s entirely necessary. It’s almost as if we’re being told you can’t be a “proper” photographer unless you control every aspect of the process. I disagree with this because, while it is valuable to understand when and how to use manual controls, the camera is often much smarter than the person using it. I prefer to let my camera work out some of the hard stuff while I get on and capture that light.

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