I rotate my taxes boxes over a 7 year period, so I just pulled my 1999 taxes to make way for doing 2006.

How different things were just seven years ago:

• Digital Cameras—I paid $900+ for my first digital pro-sumer camera a year or so before (Kodak DC260) and was in 1999 deducting my next digital camera, the Nikon CoolPix 950 for over $1000.

• Computer RAM…anybody up for the big 128Megabyte RAM upgrade (PC100) for $138!

• Blank CD’s for my burner—$2 per blank CD (they are about 25¢ each now)… ah, and on the same invoice, I bought the first version of the

Myst Game!

• Phone Bills—Back then I had a normal phone line and long distance via Sprint. It was around $35/month for the local phone and $40-$50/month in long distance.
Today, I have Vonage for my home line for less than $20/month and my cell service with Cingular comes with free long distance.

• Film & Chemicals—I would go to RIT and buy around $300 worth of supplies every three to four weeks. And then there was process and color at labs, and my time doing this all.
Today: Digital, baby! After you plunk down the big money for the camera, upgraded Mac, Software, etc, etc…as Lisa I’m sure will tell you 😉

• A delivery service was needed back then to deliver things from here (45 minutes from Rochester). Now clients edit online and get their images from me by convenient download.

• My Photoshop 5.5 Upgrade was bought in 1999,

and I paid $70 to renew HuthPhoto.com for two more years (I just paid around $80 to buy it till 2015.

• I photographed Meryl Streep as my first big event for the George Eastman House in 1999, and I see that Geva was going strong as a big client

• Logos—Above, you’ll see I was phasing out the ‘film and sprockets’ logo (top of page, on the right) and was moving toward the big, swoopy H logo (up there again on the left).

I bagged that after a few years of getting payments to H Photo. Is my current logo, here, too dated yet?

So, that’s the trip in the way-back machine I just took and hope you’ll get a kick out of seeing how much has changed with digital photography, the ‘net and HuthPhoto in these last amazing seven years.

Comment (from my old blog):
I think I still have notepads with both of those old logos!
Monday, February 19, 2007 – 11:17 AM

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