Photo editing software has pretty much replaced the traditional wet darkroom in the photographic process.
I couldn’t be more thrilled.
As a photographer, I didn’t like being in the darkroom and I didn’t like the chemicals. I’d rather be creating photographs than spending time in the darkroom. And I’m not a proficient printer.
Being a proficient printer is a separate craft-skill than being a proficient photographer.
The way I feel about photo editing software is the same way I feel about the darkroom. I’d rather spend my time creating photographs than spending time on the computer working in photo editing software.
Photo editing software is used minimally in my process as a photographer and my proficiency in the use of software is,”I know just enough to need to do what I need to do”. I’m not proficient in the use of editing software.
On the other hand there are photographers who use software extensively in their process as a photographer and they are very proficient in the software of their choice.
Being proficient in the use of editing software is a separate craft-skill than being a proficient photographer.
If you want to be a proficient photographer, concentrate on learning the craft of photography.