I'm a strong believer that photography is both an art and a craft and that one cannot survive without the other.
If we are to truly to master this art-form then the craft or technique side of photography needs to be automatic to us so our artistic side can flourish.
Technique can be learnt to a limit, only growing or changing in small increments as technology advances but art can be endless and boundless.
It is this artistic side that we need to focus most of our attention on in order to grow as photographic artists. This is where our uniqueness lives.
Just like rudiments in music must be constantly practiced in order to become proficient on a musical instrument we too must constantly practice at the very least our basic camera skills and become one with our camera equipment.
"You've got to learn your instrument. Then, you practice, practice, practice. And then, when you finally get up there on the bandstand, forget all that and just wail." Charlie Parker