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You’re wearing a brand new pair of low-rise jeans and you’re headed to a party with your friends. You throw your brand new digital camera into your tiny Prada-esque shoulder bag and head out the door with your new fave lip gloss and water bottle in tow. By the end of the night, you have 50+ photos to upload to social media and you start thinking about how you’re going to label the album. Life is good.
No, this isn’t 2008, and I’m not exaggerating when I say I literally just described a typical Saturday night to you. The only difference between today and my sophomore year in high school is that the water bottle is actually filled with
vodka water. That, and the fact that it didn’t take me a million years to upload the photos I got with my friends to Instagram thanks to this tiny device that’s officially changed my online presence for the better. No more blurry photos–tbh, just the thought of a sepia filtered photo now-a-days is social (media) suicide.
In case you live under a rock, digital cameras are back with a vengeance. And, before you have a mental breakdown about time going in reverse, take a breath, and let me be the first one to say I was 100% against the trend at first. I was always the friend who had to lug around the digital camera and was dubbed the friend group photographer from the very start. (I swear, you volunteer for something ONCE and it becomes your main personality trait.)
The worst part about it? I would have to go home at the end of the night, download all the photos to my computer, figure out a way to then transfer them to my phone, and send them out to my friends, or I’d literally be getting 3AM texts asking “You up?” and “Upload and tag me!” Not to be dramatic, but I was literally carrying my friend group’s social status around in my pocket.
Thanks to everyone’s fave Gen Z TikToker, Alix Earle, the buried memories of parties past came swimming to the surface. I immediately shuddered at the thought of resuming my throne as “camera girl.” But, while it might feel like we’re repeating history, I reminded myself it’s 2023 and technology has come a long fucking way since the days we learned to code from building out a MySpace profile.
In fact, I found the one thing that could finally alleviate some of the pressure of being “camera girl” and it’s this tiny SD card reader that literally takes the photos from your camera’s memory card and imports them immediately to your phone. Like, I can hand it over to my friend at the end of the night and say, “Here, you can download the ones you want to your phone now.” All that pressure of downloading and sharing from a computer? * Poof. * Gone.
Not to mention, this thing has over 3.6K five star reviews and it’s so easy that even the not-so-tech-savy can use it (I’m looking at you, Mom). And before you get on my case about “how far iPhone cameras have come,” dust off your Kodak and upload some photos for old time sake and tell me you don’t feel like a teenager again. Not going to lie, your new iPhone could never.