I wasn’t alive back when the camera was first invented and each picture took meticulous timing and effort. My first camera used a 35mm roll of film that could take 24 photos. Much more advanced and lightweight than the original cameras. I always had a ton of fun taking photos and then developing them to see how they came out! I had to be more careful to only take pictures of things that were really worth it. One roll of film was costly to develop, and it took a few days to get my pictures back! There was something special about trying to capture only specific moments and then being able to physically hold the photos in your hands afterwards. Big bulky photo albums would be filled with pictures of decades of your life and your family. I love pulling them out and seeing life captured in different moments.
Of course, digital cameras took over since then, and film cameras are very rarely seen anymore. Most everyone has one digital camera and many have multiples. I myself have a small point-and-shoot camera, a larger SLR, a light blue Hello Kitty 35mm film camera, and a 35mm pinhole camera too. There’s also the camera in my phone too, if I don’t feel like carrying around anything additional. Taking pictures has gotten a lot easier and convenient for sure. You can snap off 500 photos of indiscriminate quality and then delete them soon after if they didn’t turn out well. It’s wonderful to be able to take as many pictures as I like, but I also miss the magic that I grew up with.
Slideshows and photo albums
Most of the time I just hit the slideshow button on my computer to view pictures now. There’s something not as satisfying about that though, so I still like to leaf through a photo album if there is one. Being able to physically touch something makes it more real to me. I like to scrapbook too, so there’s a little more fun in looking through that.
Print or not
Can’t argue that digital cameras have really saved me money. With a 35mm camera, I had to develop the film to see the pictures I took. Not to mention the money spent on buying the roll of film in the first place. Always a fun moment when all the pictures turned out to be overexposed or you found out that you left the cap on the entire time! With a digital camera, I can view everything on my computer! There’s no need to spend $10 to develop the film at all. Plus, if I wanted to print photos, then they only cost about ten cents each. You can print out as many photos as you want, and it’s extremely easy to reprint. It’s made photo printing a much easier and cheaper process.
I’d say that digital cameras rule when it comes to this. Being able to pick and choose what pictures to print prevents a lot of unnecessary waste. With a conventional camera, you have the roll of film, the chemicals to develop the film, and the prints themselves. On the other hand, digital cameras take a lot more to manufacture than conventional cameras. With electronics, there are a lot more moving parts and precious metals to consider. Hopefully though, old digital cameras are being recycled properly!
I generally go for an in between of old and new when it comes to pictures. I like to print out photos of special moments in my life. I frame those or I put them into my scrapbook. Digital cameras have made it easier to capture almost every single moment in our lives, but I still have a fondness for being able to touch the pictures and leaf through a book.
What kind of camera do you have? Do you still have a 35mm camera lying around somewhere?