If you wanted to take a picture, you had a chance. Nothing to do several photos from various angles and in various configurations to see which one comes out better, no. This was photograph without a net. If you went wrong at first, you were staying without photo, and would not know until a few days. You found you a nun driving a 600 full of bananas and listening Mongo Santamaria? You would have no proof that happened (and believe me it is a true story).
Many of these limitations disappeared when digital cameras became popular. Although the first digital camera was manufactured in 1975 by Steven Sasson -a Kodak- engineer, technology was not popularized until the mid 2000. Now you could make hundreds of photographs without limitation retakes, see the photo at the time and even record a video. But the real change came when the phones began to carry camera.