The ability to create new technical images that undergo more or less digital manipulation on a PC in order to take the original predecessor, the original photo taken, and slightly improve it is now accessible to an incomparably broad range of interested persons. This range is much broader than during the period of development of classic, analogue photo techniques.
Reconstruction of the original photo image is almost as old as photography itself. This relates to the fact that since its creation photography has been considered a mimetic art. This is art that can only non-artificially reproduce facts – contrary to painting, an art form that photography has most often been compared to during the history of its existence. This also relates to long ago attempts by photographers with artistic ambitions to prove their independence from pure reality and its reproduction and push their creation of an end product into the realm of their own imagination.