For a christmas present, some time later and me, a bit older, my parents decided to grace me with the revolutionary cartridge film camera. Colour film became cheaper and it now came in a foil pack that simply dropped into the camera. You just open the back of the camera and drop the preloaded cartridge in, shut back, wind film till number appears and press the shutter release button. Wondrous was the automatic wind onto the next frame, gone were the double exposures and you could hold the device up to your eye and really see clearly what you were shooting!
The same sun rule and subject applied but now there was a fitting at the top of the camera to take a square cube that contained four bulb things that would flash, if you added a battery. Night photography was born. Welcome the dreaded red eye, but no one seemed to notice. I don’t have a lot of indoor or night photos from that era, probably since the cost of the flash cube and batteries were high.
As time marched on, my cameras improved but I never got out of the “point and shoot” genre and my photos were largely just memories and happy snappies. Eventually when I overworked a digital bridge camera to “death” and it was impractical to repair it, the specialist repair shop offered me a second hand DSLR with a kit lens and a zoom lens at a fairly good price. It was the most impulsive buy I have ever done! Since then I haven’t looked back and with the help of a creative camera club my happy snaps are evolving into actual photography.