Photo Lab Blog

12
Sep 2019

Pushing and Pulling Film

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

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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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old-rolls-of-film
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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22
Jan 2019

Disposable Cameras of 2019 – The Top Single Use Cameras Reviewed, Ranked & 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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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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18
Sep 2018

How to Create Double Exposures on Film

Portraits layered over mountain ranges, flowers dotting the contents of a coffee cup, a cityscape rising from the ocean. The possibilities for creative captures are limitless when you dive into the world of double exposures. While they may seem intimidating at first, film double exposures are not as complicated as you may think. Here are...

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Infrared Film Photography setup
20
Aug 2018

Infrared Photography How To – Transform Landscapes into Science Fiction Scenes

By tracy mikulec In Film Photography,Photo Lab Blog

Infrared film photography creates wildly strange and artsy photographs. It’s not surprising that this psychedelic aesthetic was popular in the 1960’s and IR photos appeared on Jimi Hendrix, Donovan, and Frank Zappa’s album covers. Color Infrared film captures invisible infrared light from the red end of the spectrum, light that’s not visible to the naked eye and...

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6
Aug 2018

15 creative ways to mail your film!

Photography is creative and film photographers are inspired and original. Aside from seeing some truly amazing images, we see some very creative techniques… or at least interesting ways our customers pack their precious little time capsules of film. Below are some of our favorites.   Hmm, what’s this little present? Oh, more work to do...

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5
Jul 2018

International Film Developing – Reduced Shipping Rates to as low as $5.95

By tracy mikulec In Photo Lab Blog

Good news for all our international film shooters out there – we recently reduced our international return shipping! Canada and the United States return shipping is $5.95 and it’s $10 to anywhere in the world. We highly recommend sending multiple rolls at a time which will make it more cost-effective than shipping 1 roll at...

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22
Jun 2018

T-MAX P3200 vs Delta 3200 – 35mm Film Format Side by Side Comparisons

By Trevor Lee In Camera Reviews,Photo Lab Blog

Now that Kodak reintroduced their TMAX p3200 35mm film, the question is how does it compare to Ilford Delta 3200? We shot both side-by-side with the same camera/lens combo, same settings at box speed – metering for the shadows. While both are high-speed B&W 35mm film stocks, they do have some noticeable differences: Contrast The...

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20
Mar 2018

T-MAX Test – The New “old” Kodak Professional T-MAX P3200 Film

Kodak Alaris  Revives T-MAX P3200, a multi-speed panchromatic black-and-white negative film. This film has a nominal film speed of ISO 800 and the “P” means that it’s designed to be push-processed to EI 3200 or higherP3200. Here are the results of our first test roll of Kodak T-MAX P3200. We were very impressed – this film is...

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7
Mar 2018

Black & White Film Photography Contest!

Black & White Photography - it's complex, yet conveys emotion with ease.  It's like the universal language of photography which is perfect since this contest is open to worldwide submissions.  We want to see black & white film photography that conveys emotion, that moves us, that tells a story like only a black & white photo can...

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27
Jan 2018

First of the roll images – Tip

If you shoot with a manual advance film camera you’ve experienced that the first frame of the roll is usually a partial image. This happens when you take photos prior to your camera hitting zero on the frame counter. These photos are often looked over or forgotten when loading the film. If you advance the...

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19
Jan 2018

Become a Kodak Portra 800 shooter

By Trevor Lee In Camera Reviews,Photo Lab Blog

Are any of you avid Portra 800 shooters? Portra 800 was a great choice for this overcast snowy day in rural Ohio. Just look at those beautiful tones and that lovely grain! We post a lot of Portra 400 & 160 but after seeing these results we definitely plan to shoot more Portra 800. David Fiorito...

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