Lomography is the style of pop photography based on the quirky cameras by the Austrian camera manufacturer known as Lomo. It was trendy, peaking in the winter of 2011, but there is still lots of enthusiasts using Lomo cameras and shooting film.

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Apr 2020

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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Lomo LC-A 120 vs. Holga 120N
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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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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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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Grant Petersen
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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Lomo Cameras
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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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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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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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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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 cameras by...

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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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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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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   Excerpt from post: So with the help of Tony Touch, I am getting an awesome Nerd...

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May 2011

Using theater gel for color filters

True to the spirit of toy cameras, we found and loved this simple, yet effective alternative to filters. Posted on the Foto Go-Go blog, Steven W explores taping theater film to the lens of a Holga. Obviously this technique isn’t limited to Holga camera, but can be used and experimented with on any toy camera....

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Mar 2011

Analog Photography Movement

At The Darkroom, we’ve seen the resurgence of analog photography firsthand. From our start in San Francisco in 1976 to our new home in San Clemente 35 years later, we’ve witnessed both the death, and then, the rebirth of film developing. However, we always invite others who want to experience or explore the rebirth of...

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