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Candid Camera

Do you miss old-school picture-taking?



Do you miss old-school picture-taking, or does your cell phone’s camera take care of your needs?

Elly Green: I miss developing my own film. I used to get so excited about it I would break out into hives. You don’t get that magic from digital.

Scott Renshaw: The only problem is that people don’t make prints of pictures anymore. We all have thousands of pictures, and the important ones will wind up in digital limbo, the same as the one you took of your cat and your duckface.

Austen Diamond: The surprise of getting a cheap-o disposable camera developed post-party vs. the food-porn-oriented iPhone Instagramming that plagues my Facebook feed? That’s a no-brainer—I’ll take it old school.

Susan Kruithof: Well, I’m still using a flip phone that was made in 2004. So, no fun Instagramming for me. A digital camera, however, is the bee’s knees. Dropping off film is close to mailing letters for me—panic-inducing.

Derek Carlisle: I’m still dropping off the film. Watching people find the viewfinder, adjust the aperture and hit the shutter release is part of the fun.

Kathy Mueller: I used to love the anticipation of picking up film. I was happy if I had at least five good photos out of a roll of 24. The saddest part is that the physical photo album is a thing of the past.

Jerre Wroble: I miss the element of surprise, seeing what’s on that roll of film taken days (and weeks) prior. I don’t miss the boxes of photos that cry out for someone to organize them.