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Total Randomness: Hi, I like to have my photos developed.

Hey, does anyone still print out photos nowadays?  I remember back in the days when digital cameras were still not that popular and were expensive to most people, I used to take that roll of 35mm film to the store to have it developed, and I waited patiently for a couple of days to see how the pictures would come out.  If the pictures came out nice, I can even pick one or two of them to put in a frame and display them in the living room.

With the convenience of digital cameras and the seemingly “infinite” space of memory cards, people don’t need to print out photos anymore.  I see my co-workers carry around their digital cameras to show people their kids’ pictures from the camera, or on a flash drive to show vacation pictures on a computer, but never seen anyone show the actual photos in paper form (okay, printing it off the computer on a Letter size paper doesn’t count! And don’t laugh, I’ve seen people done that!).  Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with the great invention of the digital camera, I love the instant playback of the pictures that helps eliminate pictures that you don’t like, or you can know right away if your eyes were closed when the picture was taken, so you need to take another one.  I look around my friends and co-workers, I don’t believe a lot of them still print out pictures anymore.  Some people think that if you print out pictures, then you need to put them in an album book or frame, then you will need to find space to put the album and frame.   It’s just easier to get one of those electronic picture frame, or just simply make it a screensaver slideshow on the computer.

But I still like to print out pictures.  I like to print out pictures and put them in an album book or in a frame, and then hang it on the wall or put it on a shelf.  I like to be able to choose if I want the pictures print on glossy or matte papers.  Especially now that I own a DSLR camera, I just loveee to see how clear and how vibrant the color come out on the photos.  But that’s just me who still print out photos, there are a majority of people who don’t, therefore you see that one person in CVS going between the photo printing service and the cash register.

When I asked my co-worker, “do you still print out photos?,” her response was “what?  I just put it in a flash drive; only my father still prints out photos…  and don’t you have an SD card?”

-Legna

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