What Will Happen to Film?Posted on July 22nd, 2008
While many might have been asking themselves this questions for the past few years, it seems that we’re getting to that point in time that VHS reached when DVD technology became widely available to, and far more affordable for, the general public. The fact is, film has fewer uses, extra processing steps and a lot more hastle to it than digital photography.
Many of you might remember the days of film. You’d flip open the back of your camera, insert the roll, close the case, wind it, and snap away – until you got to the end that is. Then, 27 shots later, you would attempt to take one last picture to get your money’s worth, just in case there was extra room on the film. And it would always be a goofy picture, because if it didn’t come out, it wouldn’t be any great loss.
Afterwards, you would take your film to the photo shop, or your local drug store’s photo lab, and decide between the regular development process, or the 24 hour deal for a few more dollars. The anticipation was part of the fun, but the real joy came in the sleeve you used to fill out your order, along with the original, developed film - was it double or single prints? Did you go for the 4×6 or the 5×7 size? Choices, choices. Of course, there was always that one that didn’t come out quite as you had hoped, or that snapshot of your brother-in-law was plagued by the dreaded red eye. Who remembers Kodak Advantix? We do.
Yes, the days of film were fun while they lasted, but there comes a time when technology becomes to good for the previous generation. While many professionals and a few amateurs still prefer good ol’ fashion film, many have stepped into the digital age with their photography. The ease of use, the ability to delete a photo that wasn’t quite right, and the ever growing storage for thousands of pictures – these are just a few reasons that make digital photography the preferred medium in our modern society. Furthermore, the ability to print as many copies as you wish from your home computer, the option of emailing them to family members, the opportunity handing a CD or DVD disc full of pictures to all your friends, are all great ways of sharing that traditional film never allowed.
We will never forget the days of film, but technology calls, along with convenience, and we at 42nd Street Photo answer that call.