Welcome, Jody - when I lived about 80-miles from Atlanta, I thought it was great that I could drive to the 14th Street exit, turn left and there was a photo store with everything I needed (I think it was Wolf). Now I log onto the Internet and there's even more stuff. Buy from our sponsors.
I'm in a camera club in which, I think, only two of us still regularly use film. We have an outing to Cumberland Island Saturday and I know most of them will be running around with cameras the size of a pack of playing cards firmly mounted on a tripod for every shot. I'm taking my 8x10 - that should be good for some stares.