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Rewind 20 Years Ago – Digital Cameras Replacing the Local Photomat?



“Driving to your local Photomat could be a thing of the past.”

H/T Petapixel for this gem.

If this were 1995, my blog post (hosted on geocities) would go something like this: So cool beans! It only took a few minutes to modem the image of the Emu to my computer for use in this post. For only US$ 20,000 you too can modem over images to your computer. Ain’t technology grand!



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  • Trevor Hilton

    Now a simple point-n-shoot digital can be had for about $20. Simple editing software, like PhotoScape, can be downloaded for free to clean up shots that are too dark, too light, etc. Or to just have fun with them. Take all of the pictures you want without worrying about using up all of your film. Email copies to all of the friends and family who want them instead of making reprints.
    I LUUUUV digital photography!

    • rochester_veteran

      For sure Trevor, as I posted in my initial comment to this thread, digital photography is saving us all in photo finishing services, but on the flip side, it screwed my local economy in Rochester, NY. It is what it is and I personally had nothing to do with this corporate decision, but I can certainly Monday Morning Quarterback it! 🙂

  • rochester_veteran

    IMO, digital cameras incorporated into cell phones is revolutionary for photography as pretty much everyone with a cell phone can photography/video to capture a moment in time.

    What it did to my hometown, Rochester, NY and its once leading employer, Eastman Kodak, was devastating. When I moved back to Rochester from Denver in 1983, Kodak employed 60,000 people in the Greater Rochester region, good paying jobs too. Today, that number is less than 4,000. Kodak was one of the inventors of digital cameras, BTW, they mistakenly didn’t capitalize in the marketing and manufacturing of digital cameras and instead, chose to stick with film with it’s associated development costs as that was a lucrative business for them since George Eastman started it and marketed and manufactured the first camera for the masses, the Brownie, in 1900. Unfortunately, film manufacturing has gone the way of the buggy whip. 🙁

    • rochester_veteran

      If you’re ever up in Western NY, a must see for you as a photographer is the George Eastman House. His mansion on grand old East Ave in Rochester contains a museum of photography and I know you’d really appreciate the old cameras, photographs and just the mansion itself, which has been preserved in grand old style!