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re: Flash bulbs- the old cell phones
Posted by: mikem 12:08 am EDT 07/01/22
In reply to: Flash bulbs- the old cell phones - Ricksbay 10:35 am EDT 06/30/22

A few things come to mind:

- many cameras before smartphones (particularly back in the 1980s, when the camera would not have had any computerized correction) would have taken a lousy photo without a flash, and taking a flash photo in the middle of a performance is both kind of obnoxious, and also extremely obvious. Anyone who is taking a flash photo in the middle of a performance is risking being thrown out by security.

- film cost money and you also couldn't look at it until you got it developed, so I think fewer people would take a bunch of photos as opposed to snapping an essentially free series of photos on your cell phone that you can look at immediately.

- I think taking photos in the middle of stuff you are doing was less common before social media. Who would you show that photo to? Old entertainment memorabilia from audience members on Ebay seems to be ticket stubs, Playbills, and autographs. Not many photos other than "official" headshots autographed by the star.
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