the lady i worked for shot 5x7 retouched film with leads
and her work looked like karsh did it ...
she shot governors, ceos, big-shots
maybe back then, it was different ?
she shot her assignments, mailed them from maine
to nyc, and then in the middle of the great depression,
she travelled to nyc to take her practicals/exams and
take her retouching classes ...
( i have the coursebooks from the 40s and 50s that i picked up at a junk store
for cheep. i use them as a reference all the time.)
20 years ago i took classes with students that
didn't know the relationship between fstop, shutter speed and asa,
they could barely figure out how to use their in-camera lightmeter ...
correspondance, internet, tv, live school .. you get out of it what you put into it.