Film Photography

Shooting film can be an incredible experience as a photographer. Loading a roll of film can be a lot more exciting than inserting a memory card.

Phil and Keith in the photo labDespite advances in camera technology, there has been a small and forceful resistance among amateurs and professionals that are embracing the enthusiastic of film photography. There is little doubt that the aesthetic of film photography is far sexier than digital. It may be the straightforward chemistry but the results can be unexpected, the grain and dynamic range giving personality and a delicate nuance to the final product.

For over 40 years The Darkroom has developed literally millions of rolls of film and we still love it! Most of us have been doing it for a long time – A.J., Ronnie, Joe, Emmanuel, Aimee, Nancy, Chris, Glen, Keith, Jay, Cyrus, Philip – all with at least 10 years in the craft. We love cameras of all types, as well as the trippy, new films. The Darkroom… Lots of experience and lots of love and this is our blog!


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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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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
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
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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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17
Aug 2018

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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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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Oct 2017

Kodak Tri-X vs. Ilford HP5 – 35mm Film Camparison

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

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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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