My parents are scanning their slide collection into digital images and for the years between 1971 and 1981 they have 780 pictures, for the first ten years of my life there are 78 pictures a year. I remember getting my first camera around the age of 13 the cost of film was roughly $5.00 per roll and $10.00 to develop. 24 pictures were worth 60 cents apiece. Photography was too expensive in the late 80s to experiment with – every picture had to be a good one and we would wait weeks to see if the pictures we took would turn out.
Today, 110 years after George Eastman introduced the Brownie to the world, I will take 100 pictures in a day. There are no costs associated with the picture taking, just the price of the camera. Because it doesn’t cost me anything, my 4 year old daughter has her own Fisher Price camera and has taken more photos then her grandparents took those first ten years.
Just like Tiger Woods started golfing at age 2 to become a world champion golfer, children today will be able afford to start earlier in life taking pictures. Since the film doesn’t need to be developed budding photographers will get visual feedback on the quality of the composition, lighting, and framing of their pictures. Lower costs, more opportunity, children starting at a younger age, along with better equipment means better photos.
“Over the next twenty years we will see better photos then at anytime in history.”