Monday, June 21, 2010
Ah, the wonders of technology!
Ok, remember back if you can...to the days before we owned digital cameras, or had cameras on our phones.
Yeah, I know. Those were some sad times!
Who can forget when you actually had to 'pose', or prepare correctly before snapping a photo? You couldn't do three or four takes because Mom would KILL you for wasting all that film!
Yeah, that's right. You had to actually BUY film...and it wasn't cheap!
Going to the store and purchasing a 36 exposure roll of film cost you about $6 back in the day, so you better carefully plan out those pictures!
AND, you didn't have the pleasure of seeing the results immediately (unless you were using an old Polaroid instant camera). You had to just cross your fingers and hope that you didn't have a booger on your face, or weren't victim to really bad lighting!
Oh, the anticipation of waiting for Walgreens to call you up and say that your photos were ready! Then, you would rush to the store to pay for them, and open them up immediately to take a look!
Of course there were always a few photos of 'nothing,' where your finger was covering the camera lense.
But sometimes there was a nice surprise! Like, when your sister's friend decided to sneak the camera and take a pic of her boobs!
Oh...that's another thing. If you had nudity on your camera, the place that was developing the film would usually discard those specific pictures. CENSORSHIP!!! Today, we are able to take our own dirty pics and post them all over our phones and the internet if we choose!
(Yes, I admit...there was a part of me that wanted to work in a photo lab so that I could catch everyone's dirty pics as I was developing them. Hey, we didn't have the internet for our porn back then!)
Speaking of the internet, in today's society we take pictures and then immediately publish them to our facebook and twitter accounts for all of our friends to see as many times as they choose to look at them! But remember back in the day when you would develop your photos and take them around in an album, forcing your friends to look at them?
We didn't have facebook back then, so generally, people only saw your pictures that one time.
I tell ya...I love my digital camera. I can't begin to count the number of unflattering pictures I've deleted.
You: "Hey Paul, remember that picture we took standing in front of the statue? Why didn't you ever post that one?"
Me: "Oh, it didn't come out right."
In all actuality, I just hated the way I looked in it, but you don't need to know that!
Now, if they could just make a camera that does instant photo-shopping. (who knows...they actually probably already do!) THAT would be a real technological win!