|Remember the Kodak Carousel Projector?|
After years of being subjected to dark rooms of endless travel slides ... while always interested, even, yes even fascinated, I began finding, as I got older, myself more and more nodding off. I mean after a good meal, a few glasses of wine ... in a darkened room, well, you get the picture!
After a few such episodes of friends travelogues, I decided to try something else. A Mac user because of my graphics business, I discovered that Apple's iPhoto program offered the opportunity to create a printed photo album. No more slides, hundreds of glossy photos laying around and especially, I wouldn't bore friends that were bribed to watch my travels with the promise of food first, booze and a na... travel photos, later. The advantage was that you could show a large number of people your travels at the same time. The disadvantage was you felt you were bribing them to enjoy your vacation with the risk they wouldn't. You hoped no one noticed their, ugh, nap!
Kodachrome ... "gives you those nice bright colors"
memorialized by Paul Simon, was the standard film
of the era before digital.
I had my first camera at 5. My parents, especially my Grandmother were picture takers! Born in 1900 Grandma called every camera a Kodak even when I showed her my first SLR, a Minolta SRT-101. Purchased in Ethiopia during my Peace Corps years she marveled at what it could do but never understand why you would shoot slide film and not photos!
My first photo class was in high school where as yearbook editor I printed about half of the photos, even taking some, that were used in the yearbook. As a Journalism / Advertising major in college I again had to take photography using a YashicaMat twin-lens camera with 120, a square format film.
You could print photos of your vacations or ...
as I discovered, print your very own photo book!
After shooting hundreds if not a few thousand slides during my Peace Corp years, I turned again to photography as a hobby. I found a darkroom that you could rent by the hour, then my girlfriends family let me turn an old outdoor playhouse into a darkroom. I purchased a Durst enlarger and would spend a few hours each week printing photos for a hobby and now and then freelance for various organizations.
Every year I printed my Christmas cards and my helpers were children that even barely sitting up had a job exposing, developing or fixing the prints.
When in my 50's I started my own graphic design business, I quickly realized that desktop publishing was here to stay and found scanning slides was an expensive proposition forcing me to consider, then use, digital cameras. You very quickly learned that while before you might have been limited to 36 frames on a roll, digital photos allowed far more photos with the only limitation being the size of your card. And you printed only those you wanted, not all.
Then when we started a family hundreds more photos accumulated. For many years I created a yearly album but finally after several trips to Europe in desperation I decided to try what Apple's iPhoto had to offer. I have to admit it wasn't love at first sight. By then I was pretty experienced using QuarkXpress, a desktop publishing program that in the 80's and 90's was the most popular program around. iPhoto just didn't "seem" to have layouts I liked. I soon learned to adjust. Over the years it too has become more sophisticated allowing a broader ranges of choices that compliment the kinds of images we can take today, especially the panorama that the iPhone touts and I use, often!