Quote Originally Posted by omaha View Post
... and hard lessons.
Seminars or lessons can really help but the "hard" lessons have to happen either way.

I will say though that these hard lessons aren't really that "hard" unless its a commercial/business lesson.

The paper, developer, and time are simply the cost of the experience, a cost that is pretty easy to bear and one that you get used to.

It does settle down as you get better at "reading" negatives, as you build skills, and as you get tools like an enlarger meter that helps you read the negatives, but it doesn't really go away because most negatives and scenes are different and each print can be a piece of art.