I think it’s fair to say that personal computers have become the most empowering tool we’ve ever created. They’re tools of communication, they’re tools of creativity, and they can be shaped by their user.
Not too long ago, processing and printing photographs required a considerable investment in equipment, dedicated space for a darkroom, and knowledge of photographic chemistry. For several decades, most photographers avoided making such an investment and instead confined their photographic process to exposing film and then outsourcing the tasks of development and printing to commercial providers. In doing so, photographers forfeited much control over the outcome.
While there is something to be said for the convenience ...