When I started in photography a long time ago there was nothing but film; you learned composition, exposure, focusing and the relationship between aperture and shutter speed with your SLR and assessed your prints learning from your mistakes as you went. Ultimately this led to the ability to get perfect exposures pretty much every time. Maybe I'm missing the point but it seems to me that almost all the digital pictures I have seen have had to be manipulated and fixed because they were technically poor to begin with. Surely if a photographer is competent and has learned the basics of photography skills this manipulation should not be necessary? Similarly with recorded music; if a singer or a musician in the recording studio is flat or sharp to begin with it can be fixed 'in the mix'. This is the reason many pop acts can't cut it live-they just aren't good enough. In my days as a professional musician if you weren't good enough your boss got someone else who was. Have we become dumbed-down? Are we too reliant on technology to mask and fix our shortcomings? For me the answer is in the affirmative.