Despite 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!
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...Read More
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.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More
For film enthusiasts, a low quality scan is no replacement for negatives.Read More
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...Read More
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...Read More