Quote Originally Posted by darinwc View Post
Therein lies a problem... its not a certain style that is more or less artistic, but how it is used. A sharp photo of a comuter chip would be no more or less artistic than a half fuzzy photo of a computer chip.
This is true, but I think a photographer's chances of achieving artistic expression are signficantly increased if he/she is actually allowed to use some light and shade effect and differential focus. The ideal in technical photography is, as I mentioned, flat lighting, deep focus, high sharpness, in other words emotional sterility (and I speak as someone who worked professionally as a technical photographer for years!) .