This was sent in by dwig, who notes that replacing "chemistry" with "software" is all that's needed to bring the quote up to date:
"But with the practice of photography came the sad knowledge that there is no royal road to the taking of good pictures. Although money might be lavishly spent in the purchase of costly apparatus, yet it was soon found that some knowledge of chemistry, and some artistic taste, together with practice in manipulation, and neatness and accuracy in working, were indispensable to success."
—W. Jerome Harrison, History of Photography, 1887
(Thanks to dwig)
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