Let's stay real. Photographers - visual artists of all kinds - often enthuse about the beauty and unity of everything, using light to reflect the inner self, etc.
And that's fine, but I make photographs because I like making photographs.
Controlling a myriad of technical adjustments offers the freedom to make images with slightly different framing, or magnification, or depth of field, or exposures. That immediacy isn't easily replicated with other visual media.
Art, of course, must subsume the technology, for this to work. I feel more comfortable with artists than with techno-philes.
One can spend a lifetime understanding composition, but the deeper quest lies in recognizing the many moods of light. Happily, that quest continues.
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Charles T. Low