iOS Gadgets were made for moments like these.
90 years ago, the ability to take a photograph was not an easy thing to do. The cameras were big and bulky. Flash assemblies made the cameras difficult to steady. Flash bulbs were costly. The overall weight of the camera and flash assembly meant two handed operation was a given. Add in the cost of film and developing. Pretty soon getting a single print was a very costly process.
Back then, if you owned a camera, you were more than likely a photographer for a print newspaper. And you could forget about color! That would have to wait a couple of decades.
Fast forward 80 years. By 2003, professional quality photographs were well within the capability of just about anyone. Folks with a quality digital camera were suddenly “Ansel Adams” wannabes. No longer did editing require a mastery of Photoshop. Armed with an iMac, iPhoto and a high quality printer, Jane and John Doe were producing amazing results.
2007 ushered in a new era in digital photography. Suddenly, Multi purpose devices were changing the playing field once again. And Apple was setting it all in motion. Cell phones had been available with inexpensive, low resolution cameras for a coupe of years. However, the introduction of iPhone had a profound impact of the camera industry in general, and Kodak in particular. Film sales plunged. Compact Flash and SD cards were nearly equal to film in total Marketshare. Soon, the once mighty Kodak would face Bankruptcy.
Everything about photography, videography, storing and printing was changing right before our eyes. In the process, the market for inexpensive consumer digital cameras collapsed. Not only were the cameras in these new smartphones better, but they made carrying an additional, dedicated device redundant. Much the same thing has happened with dedicated portable GPS devices from such device companies like Garmin and TomTom.
Earlier today, my cousins and our families gathered to pay tribute to the Matriarch of the family. My Aunt and godmother, Mildred Walbroel Dillen turns 90 years old on Monday. The eldest daughter in a family of seven children, Aunt Millie is the last surviving child of my mother’s parents, John and Mary Walbroel.
Modern digital devices were everywhere. iPhones and iPod Touches seemed as if in every hand. There were iPads and a few Samsung G III phones too. As soon as pictures were taken, in a flash they were being shared through text messages or email.
Though I took a few shots with my iPhone, I’m a “Real” camera guy at heart. So I used my trusty Nikon for most of the day. But when I get a chance, I’ll be uploading and sharing like everyone else.
Here’s a few digital images from the party.
Photography’s come a long way baby.