In another thread, there's a discussion regarding the technical merits of a photo of a young lady. One poster pointed out many of the technical flaws of the photo, and every single one of his criticisms were correct, in a technical sense. But it's still a really good photo. So, that begs the question: Should proper technique trump "artistic expression"? If so, why? If artistic expression is to trump technique, should it always do so? My opinion is this: In doing product shoots for Bose and Mesa Boogie, I needed the photos to be technically correct. Period. I was being paid by clients to produce marketing images for them. My "artistic vision" didn't really matter all too much. But if I'm shooting a concert, or candids on the street, "technical", for me, runs a distant second to artistic expression. There is a time and place for both, and my experience is that they rarely occur simultaneously to the same degree.