I was going through some of my wife's fashion magazines today (sometimes they give good ideas for trying something new with my photography). Anyway, my eyes locked onto the cover of the Spring 2012 issue of Style.com's print magazine. It is a massive 200+ page full color glossy fashion magazine that is VERY expensive to produce, so they spend a lot of money on photography. The cover is a close up portrait of a model's face but it was clearly a high ISO digital photo and the noise is very obvious and distracting (at least it is distracting if you consider m4/3 high ISO shots distracting). Despite this, the noisy photo is not only on the cover but the image (and other equally noisy images) is used in the feature story inside this issue. Why did the editors pick those photos for the cover and feature story? Because they are good photos and the noise doesn't matter. It is just nice to see real life examples of photographers making good money from photos that many pixel peepers would consider horrible because pixel peepers can't see the forest through the trees ... or can't see a good photo through the ISO noise.