As a 12 year old I used the family Kodak Brownie 127 and found that what I saw was not what I got.
Many years of hands under the enlarger light enabled me to approach what I saw and having nothing else I was quite satisfied. The first version of Photoshop and clones were given away with roller scanners in 1989, I got mine second hand in 1994. At the time it was a digital darkroom.
In 2011 I overcame my prevarications and began making montages using the layers function in Photoshop v.7. I took images at random and gradually taught myself how to blend them in harmony. Like any other artist I am still learning.