What is "Composing"?
The „Composing“ originally comes from „to compose“ in the musical way of meaning.
And that is exact waht we do here in the visual area. We compose a new picture.
A lot of photographers, especially the „Out of Cam“ people are very critical with this part of photography, saying that it is no real photo any more.
But if you go back to the times when photography did not yet exist, then just think of the following example: There were painteres who painted landscapes to show them to people who had not been there, so they could see them too. they painted realistic with all details. Then later came the Impressionists, who wanted to show the influence of the surrounding on the people, then the Expressionists, who wanted to present the world solely from a subjective perspective, distorting it radically for emotional effect in order to evoke moods or ideas and the Surrealists, who painted unreal dreamlike surroundings that allowed the unconscious to express itself.
Wasn´t theat painting any more????
We have similar examples in literature. A journalist who tells what has happened. He uses a perhaps a polished language bit he keeps to the things that took place. A professional writer.
But what about the poets, the essay-writers, the phantasy authors? Are they not writers?
In my oppinion this is similar in the photography. We take photos of things and landscapes and build new images out of theis stuff. Things which do not exist or which are too difficult to take photos of.
For me it is a part of the photography which goes its own artistic ways.
I do not like every artform, which does not denies them their existence authority.
Advertising uses this part of the photographyto show products that not yet exist, or situations, which would be too expensive to take photos of.