In the past, photo prints were often expensive and difficult to source, and even as they became cheaper and easier, people still felt limited in the number of photographs they could sensibly take and develop. Digital photo prints have changed all of this, however, making it possible for anyone to save and print as many pictures as they like.
Before the advent of digital cameras, photographs had to be developed and printed from the actual roll of film in the camera itself. Try explaining this to anyone under the age of about 20 and they tend to look at you in disbelief, as if you’d put forward the idea that photographs used to be carved out of stone, or printed using hand cut wooden engraving blocks. Whilst it was never quite that bad, the fact still remains that non digital photo printing was a difficult, time consuming and often expensive business.
The fact that the pictures had to be printed from an actual roll of film placed a limit on the number that people actually felt able to take, and any pictures which had gone wrong, or weren’t what the person taking them had in mind, wouldn’t be discovered until it was too late to do anything about it. The widespread take up of digital photography has changed all of this, taking the power out of the hands of specialist photo labs or shops and into those of the public themselves. One example of the way in which the change of technology has brought about a cultural and behavioural shift lies in the way in which people record their holidays. When photo developing was something which you did after you returned from holiday, people would be careful to ration the number of shots they took, knowing that two or at best three rolls of film was the most that they could afford to have developed once they got back home. What this meant was that many of the most memorable moments of any holidays were bound to be missed.
The digital camera, on the other hand, makes it possible to keep snapping away for virtually the entire duration of your holiday. With even the cheapest of cameras being capable of holding hundreds if not thousands of shots, there’s really no such thing as too many photographs, since the equipment allows you to look through the results before you have to think about producing any photo prints. Once you’ve decided exactly which of the photographs you want to keep, the process you have to go through to actually print photos couldn’t be simpler. Simply upload the images in question to the relevant website and then set about selecting exactly which ones you want to print and precisely how you want to have them printed.
The ‘how’ part of that equation illustrates another breakthrough of the digital age. The fact that your images are flexible enough to be tweaked and altered means that you can engineer precisely the result you want before committing it to paper – whether that means cropping out some extraneous detail or altering the colour balance. By the end of the process you’ll have selected exactly which of your holiday photographs you want to keep, and precisely what you want to do with them – which could be anything from printing them to show friends, to putting them on a t-shirt or turning them into a luxury hardback book.
Even though technology has advanced in leaps and bounds, there are some things which never change, and one of these is that people like to have photo prints to hold as a means of remembering happy times and special moments. Digital photo prints fulfil that need and do so with the minimum of fuss, time and cost.