Take a gander:
“Photography is not a perfect representation of reality, rather a means of communication or a form of expression.
Today, Photoshop is such an integral part of photography that I can no longer separate the processes. Capture and post-production are two parts of a single process that turns an idea into a photograph. And personally I think post-production is essential because no matter how good cameras become, they can’t create. Someone needs to point the camera and press the shutter, and after capture, that same someone can choose to enhance or modify the result in any way he or she pleases. It is a choice.”
Read a well thought out explanation of the reality of photography by Peter Eastway over on Scott Kelby’s blog today.