Given that Canon India's 'Big Splash' turned out to be a photo contest, can you blame us for going off-topic?
That's funny, I missed that announcement!
I think we are off topic because in reality, nobody knows what is going to happen at photokina, so why not have some fun on the trip....
For sure, I like this forum because it's fun, and I learn lots from my fellow photographers as we go along
.. I did not mean to refer to mrsfotografie as mediocre. I was referring to the trend I have been seeing and its normal adherents. I apologize for coming across that way.
It's all right, I like that you triggered a really good discussion
For me, natural light vs. flash is about (a) how much effort and how many variables do I want to control, (b) how much gear I want to carry, and (c) how deliberate vs. spontaneous I want the shot to be. My answers to those three questions are (a) little effort / keep it simple, (b) less gear, and (c) usually spontaneous. So natural light shooting is what I strongly prefer.
For getting it right in-camera vs. cropping, that's a question of whether you enjoy working within the limitations of your gear (the guy who brings one lens and moves his feet) or if you see limitations as unacceptable constraints that will be eliminated with more lenses, more post-processing, etc. Crudely, and likely unfairly, I think the first group wants to puff up their chest and show how competent they are at thinking on their feet and netting difficult shots under tough constraints, and the second group giggles at that and either changes lenses or just crops the shot. One viewpoint is proud and determined and the other is pragmatic and efficient. Neither are right and neither are wrong.
Both viewpoints apply depending on the occasion or venue:
Netting those difficult shots under tough constraints is a personal challenge for me and can be lots of fun if it's ok that I might miss some shots, the quality is not quite up to par, or I may even come home empty handed. If the results are good despite the limitations, that makes me feel great because usually I'll have learnt something from the exercise.
But when every shot counts I'm definitely going for the reliability and flexibility of my Canon DSLR system. It's sensible to be pragmatic and efficient when required