The camera: rolls of film and rubbish photos

THANK goodness for the digital camera! Back in the yesterday-years, our options were either the 35mm or 110mm. Having owned both a 35mm and 110mm camera, I’m appreciative of the modern day digital models (and smartphones!).

Unless you were a professional, using a non-digital camera was kind of similar to the lottery – hit the shutter button and hope for the best – find out if you’d got lucky when the photos were collected from the chemist!






My experience of using the ‘roll of film’ camera went something like this:

Drop my three rolls of used film off at the chemist. A week later, I’d pay an absolute fortune and collect the photos. Filled with excitement, I’d dash home and look forward to seeing the fruits of my snapping. I’d start flicking through the photos – great photo followed by shaky photo. Blinding bright photo followed by pitch black photo. No photo followed by another no photo. The whole shebang was an emotional rollercoaster!


The final calculations were as follows:

Photos taken = 72

Cost to develop = Painful!

Acceptable photos = 40 (at a push)

Success percentage = 55.5%




Back in the 80s, I was a photographic failure. If the official wedding photographer was struck down with illness, I’d never volunteer to take a few shots! Now, in 2018, I may stick my hand in the air and offer my photographic services. The digital age has turned me into a half decent photographer.


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