Historically, the vast majority of photographic images have been taken
. That is, the image as seen by the photographer survives any subsequent modification relatively unscathed –at least in terms of content. Of course, the presentation in terms of colour balance and contrast has always been fair game. But many of my images are made in post-production and I believe that this reflects a change brought about by digital imaging.
Montaging in particular has been simplified enormously and in a sense pre-visualization has taken on a new meaning. Once you have an idea of the image you are after, you start taking stock photography to have the elements that will go together to create the final scene.