DPhoto-compositing is a whole other world for digital Photographers. It extends the creative vision beyond the conventional, and opens up possibilities that can be unforeseen and dramatic.
But as powerful as digital manipulation can be, restraint and balance is the key. It is far too easy to overindulge in the numerous image controls, and well … produce a meaningless jumble. Which begs the question—is this art?
If you get too far away from anything recognizable, you abandon meaning, you disconnect your audience from any message. Yes, technically it is still art, but truthfully, it’s not. There needs to be a balance, there needs to be an artist’s intuition deep inside the mechanics of the image to temper the explosion of possibility.
So, some basic principles are required: light, dark, colour, movement, contrast, texture, mood, interest, message. Something of interest, some traction for mind and emotion to move with. Ultimately, art should convey some aesthetic, one that is appealing and meaningful on some level. The message doesn’t have to be clearly one thing, but it has to speak beyond words. This is art for the artist and for the audience.
Principles aside, there are virtues as well: inventiveness, experience, temperament, restraint and intuition. The artist draws on these to fine tune the outcome, help create the delicate poetry of the visuals. Photo-Compositing therefor is a craft, like any other. The artist ultimately creates the dancer, the music and the performance.