If, like me, you’re still using one of those quaint little cameras that uses something called “film,” you might want to start preparing yourself for the day when it is nothing more than a fond memory. Like 8-tracks and cassettes and beta tapes before it, film is on its way out.

Here at the magazine, we used to deal in slides galore, which was a cumbersome process. The photos had to be developed and mailed and cataloged and scanned into a computer and returned to their owners. Today, easily 80 percent of the pictures we use are electronic, or digital, images. They’re easily emailed, stored on hard drives, and can be found with a simple search and viewed with just a click.

And there’s the whole instant gratification aspect. At a photo shoot recently, the photographer not only shot everything digitally, each photo could immediately be viewed on the computer screen he brought with him. As each picture was snapped, you could see right that minute whether it was good or bad. There was no need to shoot 50 rolls of film and then wait for a week to see if you maybe got one good picture. You could shoot just 50 pictures and know that they were all excellent. No wasted time, no surprises.

This process works just as nicely for your own vacation and family photos. Chopped Junior out of the picture? No problem; just delete that one and try again. But despite digital cameras’ prevalence, there are still plenty of people who have resisted the move (at least that’s what I tell myself) because developing and printing the pictures hasn’t been easy or cheap.

But even that process has advanced. There are now all sorts of printers out there that do everything you need them to, and they are reasonably priced as well. Don’t believe me? Click here and check out our story on the latest and greatest digital cameras and printers. No matter what picture-quality and price range you’re looking for, we’ve got you covered.

We’ve also got all sorts of other answers to life’s little problems.

Have you got less hair on your head than you’d like? Take a look at our story on the latest advances in hair replacement and the experts’ takes on what works and what doesn’t.

Or maybe you’re in the process of naming a new company or product. That is not a responsibility to be taken lightly. As you’ll see in our story on page 72 (not available on-line), something as simple as a name can mean the difference between lots of dollars and lots of debt. And even if you have nothing to name, it’s a fascinating read on the process behind the monikers of some very familiar things.

If you’re looking for an interesting vacation, consider a rafting trip through the Grand Canyon. It serves as both beauty and the beast as you wend your way through serene and beautiful landscapes, then navigate wild and woolly rapids. It’s breathtaking in more ways than one.

And to help you avoid a faux “paw” in the animal world, we introduce you to the latest trend for our pets: birthday parties. We cover what to buy and where to get everything you need to show Rover and his friends the time of their little lives.
So keep reading. A little enlightenment never hurt anybody.

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SHERRI GULCZYNSKI BURNS
Editor