I think the thing that really frustrates me about this topic is where our professional organizations and other photographers are taking photography.
WE ALL KNOW WHAT COMES OFF A CAMERA
In the film days it was all about proper lighting and posing, getting it right in the camera and being creative with the scenes,clothing and trend styles. You ahd to know and understand light.
The artist is defined by how creative they get in photoshop. I look at whats winning the awards and high scores at our professional print competitions and its now the exact opposite from the film days. Proper lighting, getting it right in the camera,posing,,is secondary to how creative a person is with photoshop. while lighting gets you into the ballpark, you have no chance unless you have great photoshop skills and the ability to manipulate an image to the look they are now teaching....sad really
Look at the high scoring images and you see skin that is over processed, coral painting, graphic art work and enhanced lighting via photoshop v/s what you do with your strobes. The trend now is to appeal to those that want this look and disregard where our roots came from in the first place.
Its less and less about photography and more and more about photoshop and graphic art. Primarily why i don't enter print competitions and participate in the PPA and WPPi for these types on things.....its not about photography any longer,,,,,,,,its all about graphic art..........that's not what photography is to me.