Film Photography

Shooting film is an incredible experience as a photographer. Lets face it, loading a roll of film into a camera is a lot more exciting than inserting a memory card!

 

8
Dec 2017

Disposable Cameras – 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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Kodak Tri-X 400 vs. Ilford HP5 400 post hero photo
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Oct 2017

Kodak Tri-X vs. Ilford HP5

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

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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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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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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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13
Apr 2017

Tips for bringing film through airport security and the effects X-rays have on film

Is it true that TSA security X-rays will not affect film below 800 ISO?

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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10
Dec 2013

Not sure what to gift?

As a service to our valued customers, we have assembled a list of the most popular gift items for the year. Aren't we thoughtful? ;)

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5
Mar 2013

TheDarkroom nominated for best photo lab.

The Darkroom is nominated for best film processing lab by the prestigious Framed Network. Winner will be announced March 12 at WPPI, the key wedding and photographer show in Las Vegas. Wish us luck!

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7
Jan 2013

Film Photography Podcast Interviews The Darkroom’s Phil Steblay

Our own Phil Steblay was interviewed by Film Photography Podcast. Click to hear the interview.

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10
Dec 2012

The Darkroom achieves a milestone on Facebook

The Darkroom reaches 4,000 likes on Facebook. Now that may not be comparable to celebrities or large corporations, we think it's a respectable number for a film processing lab. We love film and the people that shoot film!

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12
May 2012

Tips on creating double exposures

If you shot film regularly, it’s likely you’ve already had a double exposure accident, but with some forethought, create unique and artsy imagery by adding double exposures to your shooting repertoire.  A double exposure is exposing the film twice with two different images and can be easily done on your Holga, Diana and other toy camera by...

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24
Aug 2011

A look into New York City’s still vibrant analog photography community

CNN offers a short expose on analog film community in New York. As film developers and enthusiasts, we love to see and share the rewards of film rediscovered. Film is “not dead yet”

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8
Aug 2011

Mirror Mod

Use mirrors to create curious overlaps and delicate light leak effects

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6
May 2011

Spam Cam – Mystery meat pinhole camera

There are many innovative and unique ways to create pinhole cameras, but this one is worth profiling. This medium format pinhole camera is great and a must try. A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture — effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one...

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4
May 2011

Love film? This much?

Dabe Alan uses time lapse video to capture the creation of his geeky analog camera and film tattoo. Maybe we’re biased, but we need more people like him 😉 See Dabe’s complete writeup and the entire video series

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27
Apr 2011

Holga Lens Experiment

Filed under the category of “just because”, we found an interesting nugget  on Tom Durkin’s blog. Tom took a Holga lens and shot photos through it with a digital camera. While we try to focus on just analog, thought this was worth sharing because we like Tom’s radical spirit of adventure with using an analog Holga lens on...

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26
Apr 2011

DIY – Build a Matchbox Pinhole Camera

Create a pinhole camera with just common household items and a role of 35mm file. A pinhole camera is a simple camera without a lens and with a single small aperture — effectively a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. While there are many different ways to create a pinhole camera, we...

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25
Apr 2011

35mm slides – a functional and creative ways to display them.

You can never have enough ways to display your art or hobby. We found this creative light that displays your 35mm transparencies while adding a tasteful light accent to your room. Just mount and slide your images in place. mount it vertically or horizontally. It’s a little spendy at $199, but may be a good investment for...

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