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Thursday, January 19, 2012

Eastman Kodak Filing for Bankruptcy: End of an era?

Don't remember when exactly did I come across the term "photography".
My initial encounter with this concept connects to the mention of my father taking some photography courses. But I never witnessed him actually doing it because by the time I grew up to understand it, our camera was broken and all his notes were dumped in some corner of the storage.
When I met my friends Nitin and Aamod in college, I was included in their gang of five(Aamod,Anup,Abhijeet,Nitin and Rahul), to make it six who loved to go wander aimlessely in the old forts in Sahyadri. None of us I believe was rich enough then to carry a camera of his own. Many of our talks then revolved around photography. I was usually the listener being totally newbee to the concept of photography while others used to share their expert views full of words like angle, aperture, lens and what not.

One day I came across an advertisement by Kodak that informed about the chepaest camera available KODAK KB10.





This surely was in my range of purchase capacity. I discussed this with my expert friends who were already aware of the ad but not interested since it offered no features other than just clicking the photo. But that was not the case with me. My intention was just to create memories of what ever wild adventures we do and may be also sometimes use it to capture some family function moments.
So, one day I brought KB10 home.For me it was a great experience. With no previous camera handling experience and vision, I learnt a lot about angles and light effect, since those were the only options available to change.During the expeditions, my freinds also handled the camera and guided me on making a picture better. My friend Nitin even showed how a panoramic photo can be created out of simple photos taken from KB10, which was a realization for me.I was impressed with the quality of the picture and overall performance of KB10. I never wasted even a single day to develop the role as soon as they finished.
One technical problem I always encountered was how to put the new role in the camera. Initially the shop keeper installed it while buying the camera. But later on every time I had to put new role, I had to run for my friends help. They everytime taught me how to do that with all the associated technical information and also non technical loopholes.
I followed their advice and many a times successfully installed the role, but it was never a confident attempt like my friends and I always had to pray to turn it into successful attempt. I must add the "God of Photography" surely heard my prayer everytime. But even till today I remain confused on how  to install role in camera.
Over the years, lot of water has passed under the bridge. I moved on from KB10 to Canon powershot A460 to Canon SX1S now.



These new digital cameras have a lot of functions and options to offer. I try my best to make use of them. My expert friends also finally have their high end SLR cameras with variety of lenses in their pockets.They regularly try to literate me with the technicalities and advantages of SLR camera over my camera which I sincerely listen and try to understand but always end up with some confusion.

Using these added advanteges of my freind's SLR or new options in my camera, our snaps might have improvised 100 times, but lessons I learnt on KB10 on angles and light arrangement still helps me to make a strong base for a good picture.



Over a period of 131 years, KODAK helped people like me to capture moments worth cherishing in their lives. Today, KODAK has filed for Bankruptcy, struggling to keep its name alive. It surely feels sad for a company with so big and wonderful history. I wish KODAK succeeds in its attempts and regain its position among people.
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