Boring your friends with too many pictures?

Taking pictures when you travel can serve many needs. The process of taking a picture can help you focus on what is interesting and help you better see and appreciate the visual experience of your travels. A collection of pictures can be a travel journal that you can use to remember the good times and plan for future spots to see again. Pictures can also be shown to others so they can share in a part of your experience. It has become easier and easier to make photographs ever since Kodak introduced the Brownie.

In 1900, the Eastman Kodak Company introduced a low-priced, point-and-shoot hand-held camera. Though there were other hand-held cameras on the market at the time, the low price of only $1 plus the promise of developing the film (rather than the camera’s owner investing in materials and a darkroom) for the first time made cameras accessible to the masses. (

Ed Land’s (see also Polaroid instant camera became popular in the fifties. It was the first time a snapshooter could see the picture he took almost immediately after he took it.

And fifty years after that we have digital cameras that produce pictures that can be enhanced and stored and viewed in common personal computers and printed on cheap inkejet printers and shared via email and web.

Making pictures has become ever easier and ever cheaper and ever faster to see results. This means a massive flood of pictures! Amy Harmon, in Digital cameras–stop them before they shoot again (The New York Times 5ma05) talks about a side effect of this ease of creating digital camera photographs. The message is that taking the picture is only the first step. You add value by selecting the good ones and processing them to make them better. Don’t foist all of your photos on your friends. Make them available for your friends to peruse as they choose. Even better, go the extra step and make available selected and prepared pictures with other information to tell an entertaining and informative story.

Also See

The Touring page of the Owners Guide for pages about how to take better pictures, learn about digital cameras, or share your images with others.

and for the history – Kodak, the Brownie at 100Historic Camera resource clubBrownie page (good resource links) — A camera timeline or, for a long term view, Timeline of Communication History or, for film

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