If he was that bothered about IQ why isn't he shooting medium format, or even large format film?
I think he is! Considering he tried to improve the FF IQ by mounting a medium format lens
Damien Hurst is a UK modern artist producing modern art on a commercial scale at very high prices, a lot of it is very controversial, such as a cow cut in half and preserved in formaldehyde.
Ah, yes, I've heard of that one.
Composition? no need to bother with that when you can crop it when you get back, in fact the only thing a photographer needs to do is to press the shutter at the right time and make sure it's in focus, the back office can do the rest!
Yes, "f/8 and be there". But it depends on the kind of photography you do, and there's far more to composition than just the framing.
Using the pop music analogy, it's like finding that a singer is miming on stage & using auto tune in the studio because they can't really sing, people still buy the albums and go to the live performances, and people believe that their idol is an 'awesome singer'
Well, yeah, although possible, I wouldn't think that happens too often, in either profession...
Focus shift is where the point of focus changes on stepping down the aperture.
Ok thanks, I didn't think of that. It's weird though, since the light obtained by stepping down (in the pupil plane) is a subset of the wide open light. That must mean that the foci for the different pupil radii aren't aligned, blurring the image at wide open aperture.