Photo Lab Blog

17
Mar 2020

“Document Your Life” Film Photography Contest! 

Let your creativity run wild as you do your part with social distancing.

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29
Feb 2020

Orthochromatic vs Panchromatic film – A Photo Comparison

Orthochromatic film is simply made with silver halide crystals, which are naturally blue-sensitive. First produced in 1873, early film photos and movies used orthochromatic film, which is the reason why skies in early photographs are almost always white: being blue, they overexposed easily. Orthochromatic film couldn’t see a red light, so anything red would turn...

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29
Feb 2020

LomoChrome Metropolis Film

Lomography created 3 different LomoChrome stocks over the years –  Turquoise and Purple, which are very recognizable due to their intense color effects and is the type of film you would want to save for special occasions or experiment with places you’ve photographed many times before. The Metropolis is Lomography’s newest version of LomoChrome film. ...

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1
Jan 2020

Disposable Cameras of 2020 – The Top Single Use Cameras Reviewed, Ranked and Compared

The term "disposable camera” often brings to mind a cheap camera you’d find hanging on the front of a drug store counter. A quick-grab, last resort that produces mediocre results at best. But that’s not entirely the case. When shot in the right settings, these cameras can be a really fun choice and can deliver surprisingly decent images.  So, we rounded up the eight best disposables on the market and shot them side by side.

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5
Dec 2019

Trev shares 3 holiday gift ideas for film photographers.

The lab’s chief photographer shares his ideas on what to give a photographer. Shopping for a film photographer can be difficult so here are 3 gift ideas 🙌🏼 Also, what’s the best film-related gift you’ve ever received? #thedarkroomlab Giving a thoughtful gift to friends and family is easy! E-Gift cards are emailed to the recipient...

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The Darkroom Prints and Enlargements
4
Dec 2019

A walkthrough of our FOS – Ordering Photo Prints Online

Trev Lee, Chief Photographer at The Darkroom, does a walkthrough of how easy it is to order photo prints and enlargements from our FOS (Film Ordering System). Order Prints Color Prints from .29¢ each Silver Gelatin B&W prints from $1.99 each Upload your digital photos or use images archived in your online albums to create...

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x-ray-film
1
Dec 2019
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5
Nov 2019

Understanding Focal Length to Get the Best Results

The focal length you choose to shoot not only affects the look, but the feel and approach of your photography.   To show you the difference, we borrowed three Nikkor lenses from our friends at KEH –a wide-angle 24mm, standard 50mm, and a telephoto 105mm.  Wide-angle 35mm and below is considered wide-angle, with anything below 24mm being...

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21
Oct 2019

The Darkroom’s Film Index – Just Released

By tracy mikulec In Photo Lab Blog

After months of work, we’re excited to announce our comprehensive film directory. We’ve put together what we hope You will find to be a useful guide of film stocks still widely available for purchase. We’ve highlighted key characteristics of each film type along with ratings and sample photos. We’ve included a scale for saturation, exposure...

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19
Oct 2019

Pushing and Pulling Film

Everything you need to know about Shooting and Developing Pushed or Pulled Film

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17
Sep 2019

A found film mystery from a Central California thrift shop

By tracy mikulec In Photo Lab Blog

We want share a compelling story from The Darkroom customer, Josh Bohart. Josh was recently featured on a local ABC10 news segment because he bought an Argus C3 (aka “The Brick”) camera from a Goodwill Thrift Shop in Folsom, a Central California town. When cleaning the camera, he was surprised to find it loaded with...

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Matt Day on good film cameras for beginners
31
Jul 2019

What is a good film camera for beginners?

We recommend a film camera for beginners and a visual quick start guide.

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20
Jul 2019

Need to develop an old roll of film? We can help.

“My wife found an undeveloped film roll in a kitchen drawer. She thought the pictures were from her 2003 vacation, but when she got it developed she was amazed to find that they were of her First Communion, 20 years ago!”* Have an old roll of film to develop? We can help Develop your film...

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Costco film developing
15
Jul 2019

Did you know retail and drugstores are no longer returning your original film?

By tracy mikulec In Film Photography,Photo Lab Blog

For film enthusiasts, a low quality scan is no replacement for negatives.

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Light Metering for Photography
17
Jun 2019

Metering for Film Photography: How to Get a Good Exposure

Metering is one of the most important aspects of film photography.  A properly exposed photo will yield the best results–but what is good exposure and how do you get it?  It all depends on the film you’re shooting, the light you’re shooting in, and the look you want. There are many types of meters and...

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Lomo LC-A 120 vs. Holga 120N
5
Jun 2019

Lomo LC-A 120 v Holga 120N

We compare two Lomo cameras – The $400+ LC-A 120 and a Holga 120N which can be found for under $50. See how they compare. The Holga is a fully mechanical, 6×6 medium format toy camera that is made of 99% plastic, including its 60mm fixed f/8 lens. It has 4 zone focus distances, a...

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Accidentally exposed film
5
Jun 2019

Accidentally exposed film… what does it look like?

Ever wonder what your film will look like if you accidentally open the back of your camera? Well, here you go…   A Canon Elan7 with a 36 exposure 35mm roll of Lomo800 film was accidentally dropped 0n the 36th frame. The camera back opened up, exposing the film to bright sunlight. Yikes!  It was quickly closed...

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E-6 slide film ektachrome and transparency film processing
4
Jun 2019

Convert Your Negatives and Slides to Digital Images – Liberate Your Treasured Memories

Free your hidden memories from their dark and decaying box in your closet by converting your negatives and slides to digital files. From holidays, family photos and vacations, your treasured memories remain hidden, stored away as slides or negatives. With computers, social media (#ThrowbackThursday or #TBT) and smartphones, memories are now easily accessible and sharable. We...

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35mm-vs-medium-format-film-comparison
30
May 2019

35mm and 120 Medium Format Film Comparison

By tracy mikulec In Film Photography,Photo Lab Blog

Aside from the size difference between 35mm and Medium Format, medium format more surface area and tonality. See the comparison - 35mm vs 120 medium format.

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1
Apr 2019

Using smartphone metering apps

There are a lot of great smartphone metering apps – they all pretty much work the same and produce great results. These were all captured on 35mm TMAX 400 with a Leica M3 which doesn’t have a light meter. How to light meter for photography I used the Lumu light meter app. Black & white...

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Arista Edu Ultra 400 Film
28
Mar 2019

Film Review – Arista EDU Ultra 400 ISO 120

Looking for an inexpensive, but quality 120 B&W film?   The Arista Edu Ultra 400 is under $5 (as low as $4.25 with a Google search) and has relatively fine grain with a mild contrast, wide exposure latitude, and very pleasant tones. We shot the Arista film with a Pentax 67 and an old Mamiya...

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20
Mar 2019

Create redscale film from a standard roll of 35mm film

Explore the seriously intense red, orange, and yellow tones of redscale images. Converting your regular 35mm film to redscale is easy and here's the step by step instructions on doing it.

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Kodak Ektar 100
10
Mar 2019

Kodak Ektar 100

Ektar 100 is often the go-to low ISO color negative film. It’s a very versatile professional grade film known for its fine grain and poppy saturated color, great for landscapes, portraiture, and pushes well.  If you’re looking for vibrant color and super fine grain we highly recommend Kodak Ektar 100 which is a color negative film that resembles...

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10
Mar 2019

Ilford Delta 3200 – 35mm and 120 Comparison

Ilford makes Delta 3200 B&W film in both 35mm and 120 formats. This post compares the two formats shot with the same settings and similar focal lengths. See our Delta 3200 vs. TMAX p3200 35mm comparison We love the look of both but there’s a noticeable difference when it comes to the grain. 35mm film grain...

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120-film to a 620-camera
8
Mar 2019

Resurrect Old 620 Film Cameras With 120 Film

Modifying 120 Film for a 620 Film Camera There’s a lot of awesome old cameras out there the use 620 film. To use these cameras, your options are either to buy rerolled 620 film (filmphotographyproject 620 film) or modifying an inexpensive roll of 120 film. 120 film has the same focal length characteristics and is the same...

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HP5 vs Tri-X
7
Mar 2019

A comparison of two B&W classic 120 films – HP5 vs Tri-X

Kodak Tri-X 400 OR Ilford HP5+ 400 Which 120 film do you prefer? Kodak Tri-X 400 is known for its classic grain structure, great contrast with deep blacks and pure whites, while Ilford HP5 PLUS 400 has less contrast with a subtle grain and very pleasant tones. Both are 120 film pushed 1 stop to 800 and...

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22
Feb 2019

How To Make Every Frame Count

We’ve talked about pushing & pulling film, done many film comparisons, and reviewed how to take double-exposures. So far, our blogs have been very technically-driven. But there’s more to shooting film than gear and the technical process. It’s about capturing moments in a unique way that only film can. The catch? You’re capturing life 24-36...

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29
Jan 2019

Film Photography Paideia – March 2 & 3, 2019

By tracy mikulec In Film Photography,Photo Lab Blog

2nd Annual Film Photography Paideia Sponsored by The Darkroom The Film Photography Paideia is an annual gathering of passionate film community members from all walks of life, drawn together by a shared love of cameras and film. The Film Paideia mission is to bring together film experts and enthusiasts to exchange ideas and share their...

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3
Nov 2018

Ektachrome is Back. A comparison of Ektachrome vs. FujiFilm slide film

There are 3 types of film: black & white, color negative, and slide film. While slide film (also known as transparency film, color reversal film, or E-6 film) is not nearly as popular as B&W and color negative, it doesn’t mean it’s not a great film. At one point it was the go-to film for...

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18
Oct 2018

Camera Rescue Interviews The Darkroom

By tracy mikulec In Photo Lab Blog

The Darkroom's Phil Steblay interview with the Camera Rescue project, A startup aiming to rescue as many analog cameras for the future generations as possible.

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