Instant Again

With modern digital photography we’re spoiled. You can basically take as many pictures as you want and it doesn’t cost you anything. You can delete the bad ones and take them over again because you can see what they look like right away.

It wasn’t always like that. You used to have to buy film and you usually only got 24 or 36 pictures on a roll. Then, on top of buying the film you also had to get it developed. That cost money and time. So the whole process was expensive and time consuming and, in the end, you might not even like the pictures. Your cousin might have had his eyes closed!

That all changed with digital photography. By comparison digital photography was cheap and easy.

Back in the days of film and Fotomat there was another option. There was the classic Polaroid camera. This was a camera that took it’s picture on special film so after you clicked to snap a picture the photo would pop out of the camera. All you had to do was wait a few minutes will the image slowly appeared. It was great and everyone wanted to keep the pictures.

Like many things the instant camera is making a comeback. Fujifilm has a little instant camera that is popular with teens now for the same reason the Polaroid instant camera was loved. You get a tangible picture right away and there is something special about having an actual picture in your hand, not just an image on a phone.


Being a stand alone device makes the act of taking a picture a bit more special, not just another function of a smart phone and getting a tangible memento of an experience counts for a lot.