I've never taken photography particularly seriously, but as an Art Student it was part of the curriculum that one knew one end of a camera from the other.
We learned how to use a decent camera, process film, and print the final photographs. I quite enjoyed the process, but it was never a skill that I intended to continue with, other than as a souvenir pastime.
Luckily my learning era coincided with when the children were small, so I do have quite a few good home-produced pictures of their early years.
This photograph, above, is a particular favourite. It shows Lady Magnon with a one-year-old Kimbo. It is, of course, a photo of a photo, so much of the sharpness has been lost en route, but it still shows some of the quality of a 35mm camera and good lens.
My old enlarger and developing trays were still hanging around until a few years ago. They have now all gone to the skip. With the advent of digital photography, such things have become outdated and clumsy. It was such a long process, whereas today's photography is fast and (if one has photoshop) totally controllable.
I still have my old light-meter, and now look at it as an antique. 'Digital' has been a great leap forward.