I don't disagree. Even at an advanced and experienced level, skilled burning/dodging (sometimes with different filters) is usually all that is required. Specialized techniques are usually reserved for specific situations. And depending on the subject matter and your aesthetic preferences, you might never need complicated techniques. Certainly a beginner shouldn't concern himself with things like masking. I don't even think split grade printing should be taught to a beginner. But the impression I get from Bob's posts is that this has less to do with the experience level of the printer, and more to do with time-consuming/complex procedures, masking, printing maps etc. being silly PERIOD. This I cannot agree with. And there is just too much evidence this isn't true.