Hell no. Photography, like every art, has certain rules. Picasso said, "Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist". And he could not be more correct. The true art starts when you gain the ability of looking beyond the fingers, beyond what other people can’t see, but when they do they like it and find it appealing. It is the knowledge of art, creativity and imagination that bring those visions to life. Using the language learning example here, once you start thinking in a foreign language, it is when you truly understand it. Now, in art, you need to learn how to think in visions. You need to be able to see what is not there. You see what you make on top of or from what you can see. I remember watching a very interesting interview with a great photo retoucher Natalia Taffarel, who said that one can become the master of photoshop tools, but that does not make him or her the master of using them in an artistic way. You have to unlock yourself. I took this photo in Odaiba yesterday, it is a blend of two exposures, one was zoom-blurred, and the other was sharp. I combined them both, edited them, then applied radial blur, and just masked in the middle.
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