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Anyone old enough to remember taking travel photos and having to wait until they got home to get the photos developed?

Nowadays with smartphones, there’s instantaneous affirmation of a travel photo. But back in the day, had to pray and hope that the photos turned out okay.

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Yeah, I'm old AF.

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Same here

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· 2 mo. ago
Canada

same, and film was not too expensive, but developpement was.

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I usually shoot MF but AF definitely has its merits

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Of course! First, you chose very carefully what pictures you wanted to take, because you had limited film. Then you took the film to have it developed and then you had to wait and see what pictures made it to the end. If the quality of an image wasn’t good enough they did not develop it and you did not have to pay for it.

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ha! I forgot about the 'do i REALLY want a picture of this?' during the early parts of the trip, thinking there might be cool stuff to see at the end and i would not have the film or have to buy more when my funds were low.

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Of course! Not everyone on Reddit is a teenager.

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Ageism!

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And what do the youngs put their weed in without film canisters? 😉

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The hyper abundant prescription pill bottles we have now.

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Woah, this totally brought back memories! Hahaha!

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For sure. I took a month trip years ago to South Africa, Namibia, Swaziland , Zimbabwe and took more 20 + rolls of film. I did get some of them developed on the trip, I was afraid of losing the pictures going through airport security/scanners. I remember it was much more expensive getting them developed there.

Edited to add. I had borrowed a snorkel mask when I went to Galapagos about 10 years ago. I didnt know how to download/look at what I was able to transfer. When I got home my son did it and we were able to see the moment when I was watching a stingray and a shark came out of the gloom then all the bubbles and wonky water as I panicked and was trying to swim away. He sent it to his iPad and only then realized there was sound. You can hear me screaming (it is a bit muffled sine I had a snorkel in my mouth but you can clearly hear) shit shit shit shit sharrrrrrkkkk.

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You can have the people at air port security “hand-scan” your film in a way that doesn’t damage the film. Just hand them the film canisters when your just about to have your bag scanned.

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· 2 mo. ago
USA/New England

I used to mail my photos to either Kodak, Clark, or York labs while on the trip, and they would be waiting in my mailbox when I returned home.

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This is brilliant....sad this never dawned on me.

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I used to do this, too, until one time two rolls from a cross-country trip got lost in the mail :(

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Pro tip. I was a teenager and not this sophisticated. I walked them to the Kmart photo lab.

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I took pictures at the Niagara Falls only to find out that my film canister had been exposed and nothing came out.

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