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Then: Film Development

Now: Digital Delete

I currently have hundreds of photos on my digital camera.   In order for my friends to see them, they usually have to put on their reading glasses so that they can actually see what they are looking at.  About once a year or after some big event, I'll finally take out the memory chip and have them printed up.  And then I'll put all the photos into a big box.  Oh, I'll frame a few.  But by the time I have the actual hard copy of the photos, I've already looked at them a hundred times on the digital screen.

The other day, I ran out of memory (on my camera) and told my granddaughter that I had to get my pictures developed.   Huh?  She looked at me with this quizzical expression on her young face.  What does developing mean?   And I realized I was using the wrong terminology.  I corrected myself and told her I meant I had to print them up.

But this got me to thinking about how it used to be.  How I would shoot a roll of 24 or 36 pictures and when the roll was finished, I would  take it immediately to get it  developed.  Way back, this process took at least three to five days.  As the years passed, along came the one hour Photomat.  But now, hey, I'll wait months, even years to print up my memories.   And then sometimes I can't remember where the photo was even taken!

Back then, some of my photos came out blurry.  Some begged the question: what is that?  But fact is, I developed the entire roll and some of those "Oh, don't take this, please," photos were the best ones on the roll.    

Now we can see the photo within a second of taking it.  Snap.  Let me see!  The camera is passed around the group.  The same pose might be taken five or six times before everyone is satisfied.  Photos are instantly deleted if someone doesn't like their smile or if their eyes are half closed or if a hair is out of place.

  

To me, that's a shame.  Some of  those deleted photos are actually the best ones.  The ones which show us how we really were that day.  

And getting that roll of developed film and going through the pictures was always so much fun.  It was like reliving that special birthday dinner or that day at the beach a few weeks after the event.  Now we have that dinner, take photos and look at them on our camera only minutes after the dinner is finished.      

We've become so accustomed to having everything now.  This moment.  It's all so instantaneous.  Nobody wants to wait for anything anymore.    

Well, I'm going to make a new vow.  From now I'm going to print up my photos the instant the event is over.  No more waiting until the disc is full.

And then maybe I'll be able to remember where every photo was taken and actually put them into an album.  Maybe.

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      Lindao wrote Dec 19, 2009
    • I’m awful about even uploading my photos onto the computer, Janie, let alone getting them printed.  I used to love cameras that put date stamps on pictures.  My digital camera doesn’t do that, and I’m terrible about keeping track of when or even, sometimes, where a picture was taken.  Digital cameras are convenient in their way, but so were the old-fashioned ones. —LindaO



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      Darlene Sabella wrote Dec 19, 2009
    • LOL I do miss the good old days, I still don’t have a digital camara.  Thanks for the memories, or flash backs.  Thanks for sharing.  Great post...



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      Kyah wrote Dec 19, 2009
    • I have both digital and SLR camera. Haven’t bought a roll of film since the disposable cameras became ever so cheap. I like having the date on my photos and have an option so that it shows but doesn’t print. I also use two features on my Nikon, “Continuous Shots” and “Best Shot Selection.” BSS allows the camera to choose the best photo from multiple shots taken. I sometimes have difficulty with that tiny shutter button with my nails and the pics come out blurry. The cons of digital cameras are the fact I can’t control shutter speed and that the night vision feature makes things look a bit washed out. I bought a memory card that upped the photo count to over 1000. And if I download them onto my computer, I delete them off my camera to give it room. Wish I could buy more memory for my cell phone, every shot swallows up my ability to take and save good shots!



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      Cathie Beck wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • I have a 35 mm I still use for photos to use in my card making. I ony went digital a year ago, which is handy for sending pictures via email. I like having both.

      Cathie



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      Anne Lyken-Garner wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • This made me laugh out loud. Remember floppy disks? My daughter found one in my desk the other day and asked me what it was. When I explained to her, she asked me how they could possibly work.

      Makes you feel ancient, doesn’t it?



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      Tinaf wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • Hey, Janie, another great and timely blog.  Back in the day, I used to work at a one-hour drive-thru Fotomat booth.  My kids can’t begin to understand what that was, but believe me, having logged in about 2 years of after-school work there, Fotomat plays a big role in my teenage memories!



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      Kyah wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • Anne,
      I remember when floppy disks were the rage before CDs, DVDs and thumb drives. I even remember when those floppys were 5” squares and black. I haven’t used a floppy in a couple of years in my home computers (including my old desktop that actually has a disk drive, it’s so dusty in there I doubt if it would even work now), so imagine my surprise when I had a senior moment after a co-worker gave me a floppy, and I couldn’t figure out where or how it went into my work computer (everything is sideways on that machine, including the CD/DVD drive). Took me a while but I figured it out.  

      I actually give flash (thumb) drives as presents. Everyone can use a 4 Gig they can place on a key chain every once & a while.....



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      Geralyn Schulkind wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • Yes...love the changes!  Love the old ways too...what are you going to do?  I agree with you that deleting sometimes does get rid too often of some great memories...now to get into the habit of printing them up...geralyn

      www.paradisebeauty.myarbonne.com



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      Oxsanawellness wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • I remembered, thanks to your blog, Janie, when I was a child I used to develope films and pictures with my Dad. It was magical! looking at those blank pictures in the dark room and seeing how slowly the picture appeares... wow! it was so long ago... in last century lol



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      Coralee Flug wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • I developed pictures for 10 years through high school and college. During the summer time we would develop on average 300 rolls a day. I do miss flipping through but I love that I can take more pictures and not have the cost of film.



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      Yana Berlin wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • I think about the “lost pictures” often. I hate the fact that no one prints pics anymore, and everything is done on computers.I try to make memory books right away after the event, now with so many services available it’s easy and fairly in expensive. If not done right away, I too can’t remember when this happened. Now I’m not sure what I hate more, the lack of printed pictures or my  vanishing memory. happy



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      Mztracy wrote Dec 20, 2009
    • I have both! Love film.



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      Tuliplady wrote Dec 21, 2009
    • I miss having film developed.  I’m not an organized person and I live far from town, so I’d throw a finished film in the drawer and maybe a year later it’d get to town to be developed.  There was always such a wonderful sense of anticipation about just what might be on that roll of film.  The delight in a magically caught moment and the disappointment in the good shot where I forgot to remove the lens cap.

      I went digital eight years ago.  Can’t say I’ve regretted it as it’s saved me a ton of money.  I am continually loading the pictures on my computer.  It’s rare that I ever have more than a dozen picture on my camera.  Printing is something else altogether.  I need to get in the habit of printing photos rather than storing on the computer.  Last summer when my old computer crashed, of course I lost most of eight years worth of photos. (Except for a few on cd and flash drive)

      Love Kyah’s idea of giving flash drives as gifts!



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      Mz. Queen wrote Dec 21, 2009
    • I remember.



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      Angelcart wrote Dec 21, 2009
    • I prefer 35 mm cameras.  I took photography in high school and absolutely loved taking black & whites.  I also love rolling my film on the camera and developing the film myself!happy



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      Paula Bertucci wrote Dec 24, 2009
    • I use to work for a camera store where people would drop off their rolls to be developed....I still have a vivid memory of some naked guys skiing...we use to look at the pictures when we were bored...and I remember the day they came in to pick them up...they left without paying for them....I tried to go after them..I had one of them by the collar (I was only 18 and didn’t realize this guy could beat me up)...and then my trip to Italy....35 rolls and I didn’t want the airlines to put them through the x-ray machine..I fought with the Germans in Frankfurt...and had to open each canister..so yes it’s easier now...but the quality is different..and yes..you miss out on those moments we’d rather not remember...and I miss loading the film as well! Just read about the retirement of slide film..what a shame..oh well..the times they are a changing!



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      Janie Emaus wrote Dec 25, 2009
    • Hi Ladies,

       Thank you all for commenting.  And Happy Holidays!

      Janie



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      Faye43 wrote Dec 25, 2009
    • I love digital. I upload them to the computer as soon as I get home. I use them in a lot of my Photoshop art estatic



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      Jenz ~ wrote Dec 25, 2009
    • I dont shoot film anymore  FAR too risky. lol



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      Chattycathie wrote Dec 26, 2009
    • I did a video for a client a few months ago, where I transferred her Super8 movies and then mixed them with pictures for a story of their family.  She apologized for her parents movies, saying they were not great film takers.  I said home movies are different than video.  With video we are able to watch it right away and you can go back and take it over, but with films they didn’t know what they got till it was developed.

      The same is true with digital pictures.  I think since the world has switched over to digital, family pictures have become better, just because they can keep shooting until the shot is just right.  It’s made a world of photographers, and set professional photographers on a higher level because they need to provide something more than just a great shot.  It’s harder to wow their clients now.  

      I have all my pictures organized on my computer. Pictures are separated by year, by month and by event. Of course being in the business, the first thing I do with pictures is create montages to share with friends.  At the end of each year my sister takes her favorite pictures of the year and creates a memory book from Heritage makers off our website. (tearsofjoystories dot com).  It’s amazing how many pictures you can fit in one of those books, they are easier to store, and not a bulky as pictures in albums.

      You may enjoy watching the video I put up in the video section of this site called 100 years of cameras.  It goes through the last 100 years showing how cameras have changed.  When I read this post I thought it went very well with this video.

      Haven’t been on this site in a while, but I always love reading your post Janie.

      Cathie Dodd



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      Cathie Beck wrote Dec 26, 2009
    • Oh Wow! Someone else here who’s name is spelled the same as mine! Nice to
      meet you, Cathie Dodd.  

      Cathie Beck



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      Chattycathie wrote Dec 26, 2009
    • Cathie,

      Your parents had excellent taste in Namesestatic

      Cathie



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      Cathie Beck wrote Dec 27, 2009
    • Cathie, hardly anyone spells it right but I anwser to any form of spelling. ;oD  

      Cathie Beck



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      Justjer wrote Dec 28, 2009
    • You all make me realize how lazy and disorganized I am....and how lucky to have friends and family that still take pictures. My mom has albums/scrapbooks dating from 1940 through 2001....I guess that’s when she got tired of us all making fun of her and complaining about saving all the menus, swizzle sticks, brochures,etc.  But they are so GREAT to have and look at now. She was a bit of a pioneer of scrapbooking...unfortunately she didn’t capitalize on it and start a business....Oh well....Another fine blog, Janie...
      Jer



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