Photo Lab Blog

31
Oct 2017

How does the $200 Canon Canonet compare to a $5,000 Leica Rangefinder?

A side by side comparison and photo examples between the Leica M.P. and Canonet QL17 GIII

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Kodak Tri-X 400 vs. Ilford HP5 400 post hero photo
9
Oct 2017

Kodak Tri-X vs. Ilford HP5

Kodak Tri-X 400 vs. Ilford HP5 400 - Which do you prefer?

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Grant Petersen
8
Oct 2017

Photography vs Fauxtography

By tracy mikulec In Lomography,Photo Lab Blog

I’m not a pro working for a newspaper or network with deadlines, so making pictures can be my hobby, and the best part of that is: I can opt for film. Photo essay and article submission by: Grant Petersen -- This is TheDarkroom.com Series on "Why I Shoot Film" Share why you shoot film. Contact us. Pros can’t,...

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Infrared Film Photography setup
27
Sep 2017

Infrared Photography – Transforming 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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18
Sep 2017

Bergger Pancro 400 vs JCH Street Pan 400 film

The Bergger Pancro 400 and JCH Street Pan 400 film are new to the black and white film scene, but have quickly gained traction in the film community and developed a large fanbase. So much so that many online stores have a hard time keeping them in stock. Based on that popularity we set out to...

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20
Aug 2017

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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11
Aug 2017

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 a 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 a...

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costco-film-developing
20
Jun 2017

Did you know retail and drug stores 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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4
Jun 2017

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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Photo Comparison - Film vs Digital
28
May 2017

Film vs Digital – A Photo Comparison

With film usage and adoption on the rise, we wanted to resurrect the debate of digital photos versus analog photos.  As a film processing lab we obviously have a bias, so not going to say which is better, but just to present the differences and list advantages. While in Eastern Sierra Nevada we shot two photos,...

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Cinestill Film
23
May 2017

CineStill 50Daylight & 800Tungsten Xpro C-41 Color Negative Film

Ever shot with CineStill 50Daylight (50D) & 800Tungsten (800T) ? Both were originally movie stock or cinema film that have been prepared and packaged for use in 35mm still cameras. They have a very unique look and are meant to shoot in very different scenarios. 50D is a daylight film with very fine grain and...

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35mm-vs-medium-format-film-comparison
17
Jan 2017

35mm and Medium Format Film Comparison

By tracy mikulec In Film Photography,Photo Lab Blog

The biggest and obvious difference in 35mm and Medium Format is size. With about 4 times the surface of a 35mm film, medium format (which actually comprises a number of possible sizes) can be enlarged significantly without losing quality. Artists often make use of the size for huge prints that look good on gallery walls....

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rangefinder-vs-slr
15
Jan 2017

Rangefinder vs SLR

Rangefinder and SLR (single-lens reflex) are the two most common types of film cameras. We detail the differences in each camera style with photo examples.

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13
Jan 2017

“Unique Perspective” Film Photography Contest

With the beginning of the new year comes new perspective and we would love to see your unique perspective on life captured on film - show us your creative side! We want to see your double exposures, crazy angles, abstract views, and so on!

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11
Nov 2016

“Togetherness” Film Photography Contest

The holiday season is quickly approaching which often brings people together. We'd love to see your film photography that captures "togetherness" , from; candid shots of friends and family, snapshots that capture the warmth holidays - pretty much any film photos that capture people coming together!

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Canonet - fuji200 HANNAH
30
Sep 2016

Why Shoot Film?

By tracy mikulec In Film Photography,Photo Lab Blog

To say I was intimidated the first time I put my hands on a film camera would be a generous understatement. I’m not a photographer by any standard.

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Slide film vs
22
Sep 2016

Slide Film vs Color Negative Film

In short, slide film produces a positive image on a transparent base, while color negatives the lightest areas of the photographed subject appear darkest and the darkest areas appear lightest. The color negative film is then reversed during scanning. Slide film is commonly referred to as “E-6” because of the development process consists of 6 baths which includes developer, stop and fixer. While...

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14
Sep 2016

Changing Seasons Film Photography Contest

Autumn will be here before we know it and with the changing seasons comes beautiful scenes just waiting to be captured on film.  We’d love to see your “Changing Seasons” film photography, from; colorful autumn leaves, foggy fall mornings, the first snow of the season, budding trees, to spring blossoms, etc. Top three finalists will...

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photography Film storage
30
Aug 2016

Tips for storing photographic film… and it is not always the refrigerator.

Most everyone knows about storing film in the refrigerator, but there's more to know.

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Ektar-100-vs
26
Aug 2016

How does a cheap roll of Fujicolor 200 film compare the professional grade Ektar 100?

We decided to head down to our local beach and compare an inexpensive roll of $3 Fujicolor 200 and the professional grade $7 roll of Ektar 100 film. Both are lower iso color negative film, but Ektar 100 with it’s 36 frames and super fine grain costs twice as much as a roll of Fujicolor 200 with 24 frames. Fujicolor 200 vs...

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heat-comparison-film-photography
24
Aug 2016

See what effect heat can have on a roll of film.

Side-by-side comparison - you won't believe how heat can affect film.

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30
Jul 2016

The Darkroom Voted Best Photo Lab – [F]Network Awards

By tracy mikulec In Film Photography,Photo Lab Blog

The Darkroom is honored to be voted best photo lab by [F]Awards. Framed Network conducted an independent poll of film enthusiasts for the Best Photo Labs and The Darkroom was recognized as the winner of the Best film Processing Lab category.  [F]Networks is a photography show that features unique talents, tutorials and workshops for the aspiring...

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14
Jul 2016

“Outdoor Fun” Film Photography Contest

With summer in full swing it’s a great time to get outside and shoot some film. We’d love to see your “Outdoor Fun” film photography, from; sunny days at the beach, carnival rides, evenings at your local fair, to hiking and camping adventures, summer vacations, etc - as long as it was captured on film outdoors during the summer it qualifies!

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street-photography-contest
7
Jul 2016
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May 2016

“Street Photography” film contest!

There's nothing like a raw, candid moment captured on film; that's was street photography is all about. We'd love to see your street photography film photos, from candid moments, street portraits, street still lifes, to urban landscapes...submit your film street photography for a chance to win a great prize!

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18
Mar 2016

“New Beginnings” film photography contest!

We would love to see your film photos that represent a new beginning!

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Lomo Cameras
11
Feb 2016

What is Lomography

A style of pop photography based around the quirky cameras known as Lomo that peaked in in interest in 2011.

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Cory Hile, @corywilliamhile Shot with a Mamiya RB67, Ilford Pan F Plus 50 film in San Clemente, CA.
9
Jan 2016

“Black & White” film photography contest!

We know you love shooting black and white film…it seems to convey emotions and feelings that are sometimes unexpected. We love it too, and are seeing more and more black and white film come through the lab for processing. Show us your B&W creative images that you’re proud of…and you could possibly win an amazing...

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5
Nov 2014

Order cards and get a free ornament

By admin In Photo Lab Blog

Your family and friends are printing their Christmas Cards now. We know, we see them in the lab.

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29
May 2014

Black and White Prints From Digital Files

The Darkroom can now print your digital files on genuine ILFORD Black and White Silver Gelatin Photographic Paper. We believe this is as close as you can get to a traditional B&W darkroom print from a digital file and has significant benefits when compared to B&W images produced from color processes. Order Black & White...

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26
Feb 2014

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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21
Jun 2013

The Darkroom now offers high resolution superscans!

By admin In Photo Lab Blog

We now offer three different scan resolution options; Standard, Enhanced and Super.

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