Brooke Shaden poses an interesting concept, that a $600 point and shoot can rival a camera that costs $3,000 or more.
The argument is somewhat solid. Look at the two images above, which is better?
Both of them seem to achieve a similar aesthetic and emotional goal. Maybe you can’t print both at large sizes.
But what it comes down to to me is how well the photographer can edit an image. That’s the rub.
So you have a good starting point, it’s what’s done in the retouch that makes the art sing.
Go read the post yourself here. It’s a good read.