odklizec ... please dont ban lucridders ... his comments usually bring a smile to my face, and I would guess to others
I've been a serious amateur for 30+ years. The way I look at jpegs straight out of the camera, auto everything etc is taking my Nikon F3, shooting on auto, and giving the film to my local chemist to send to some lab which then processes the negs in a standard way and prints with auto exposure on cheap paper. Result is maybe one or two reasonable prints the rest ......
I still have a b+w darkroom at home and still do medium format b+w. I use different developers depending on what effect I'm trying to get, change development times to hold back highlights etc. I do print test strips, full test prints, dodge and burn, change contrast filters etc to get the end result I want. This I see as the equivalent of post-processing raw images or to borrow from a website of the same name, the digital darkroom.
The big difference is I can do with software in maybe 10 minutes what would take me 2+ hours in the darkroom.
Take it easy, Roman