What is this fascination with iso6400?

Started Feb 11, 2013 | Discussions thread
Draek Senior Member • Posts: 2,028
Re: What is this fascination with iso6400?

Because people are idiots, and it gives them an easy thing to obsess over.

Yes, there's a handful of situations where ISO ratings that crazy are actually desirable or even needed, but you can't tell me with a straight face they make up most of the output of most of the complainers' photography. Add in this weird obsession with "natural light" even when it sucks, their taste for awful megazooms and the utterly attrocious sense of timing and balance most of them have, leading them to need 1/250 or faster speeds to capture slow-moving humans in light that barely qualifies as such, and you get the current status quo where the only time people ever get to see what their equipment is made of is when they're shooting rulers in their homes to check for front- or back-focusing on the prime they got as a novelty before deciding that 18-250 was their one and only.

I swear to God, the way things have been going as of late, ten years from now a "young and coming" photographer will make waves into the photography world for daring to use a reflector to fill in the shadows on his shots. Mostly because of how horrified people will be once they find out he "faked" his light in such a gross manner.

Now don't get me wrong: as I said, some of the interest in high ISO is justified, and some examples can be found throughout this thread. But so much of it is  just a meaningless obsession that serves as nothing but an excuse not to learn the craft as they should---with a focus on the art and technique rather than on review figures and 100% crops.

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