Photojournalist’s dictionary: What is chimping?

(Photo of me by Kevin Hill)

“To chimp” is the action of looking at the back of the camera to make sure that “we got the shot”. Doing so is often followed by showing the picture to the photographer beside us to brag about the great shot. And then, this other photographer might say “Who! Wha!”, just like a chimp.

Photojournalists like to catch other photographers chimping, and many websites have a “funpix” section where you can see us doing it. Like here, where I was apparently not to happy with what I got.

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