Photographers did not invent composition or color harmony – people of vision – certainly artists and architects accomplished these long ago. With that, art history provides the study of objects of art in their historical development and stylistic contexts. Among other things, art student’s study critical thinking, creative problem solving and innovation, education and lifelong learning.
I was not an art student however; I studied photography at a local technical college in the film days. Knowing and practicing wet darkroom work gave me the understanding to use in digital imaging today. Continuing education with professional organizations, workshops and online courses provided the resources necessary to accomplish the work I do today.
I'm big on innovation, so today I'm working less directly in Adobe Photoshop, and more in Adobe Lightroom 5.6 and the associated plugins. Lightroom provides the editing features necessary on my digital images and is also a browser and file organizer. From Lightroom, I can access (Photos>Edit in...) Photoshop for the features I need there, as well as the new plug-ins I like from Macphun Software.
Mobile photography and the associated apps have been creative as well, along with Corel Painter Essentials - all to expand my horizon.