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I Despise People Who Ask Me About My Settings

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I despise those more that claim that there wasn't a chance in hell I shot it with said settings.

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People seem to get too hung up on 'settings'. This isn't the day of film. I have no obligation to remember how I shot the scene, ignoring the fact that the EXIF data has me covered for the nitty gritty info.

Man who asked me my settings was from a school based club, seeing as how I have copious amounts of free time this term I figured a handful of clubs could be fun and this so happens to be a favourite hobby of mine.

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I obliged, told him "around 1/1000th, f/1.4 and ISO 200". He looked at me like I had committed a crime. His words summarized were "No way, thats impossible. How did you do that at wide open? No way man, how much photoshop did you use?"

I didn't bother explaining because, whats the point? No two shots I ever take are the same much less two shots from two different people. Settings...how can people think knowing the precise settings matters? I can know the settings to the greatest astro shot of all time, doesn't mean I can recreate it. I might get close, but it'll be something on its own.

For me...if it looks good through the viewfinder I take it. All the numbers become secondary. I have two knobs to fiddle with but I don't pay attention to the numbers I fiddle too, I only look at the results said fiddling produces. But thats just me.

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