Film Tips and Reviews

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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...

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21
Jun 2017

Ektar 100 vs Lomography 100 – 35mm Film

By tracy mikulec In Film Tips and Reviews

Ektar 100 is often the go-to low ISO color negative film. It’s a very versatile professional grade film known for its fine grain and poppy saturated color, great for landscapes, portraiture, and pushes well. For an inexpensive alternative, consider Lomography 100. Below is...

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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,...

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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...

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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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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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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...

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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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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...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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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1
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...

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30
Apr 2011

Use 35mm film in your Holga

Got a Holga and want to try something different? In about 10 minutes and a couple of things from around the house, you can use 35mm film in your Holga. So why would you want to do that? Well, because...

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28
Apr 2011

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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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...

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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...

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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...

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23
Apr 2011

Vivitar’s New 35mm Film Camera

You hear a lot lately about bringing high-end DSLR functionality to the consumer, but Vivitar is really breaking the price barrier with its new $10 point and shoot. The camera shoots full frame 35mm film with single button operation and...

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22
Apr 2011

Personalized Lamps – 35mm negative hack

If you’re on this site, you likely have a bunch of negatives tucked away in envelopes and boxes concealing fond memories and artsy experiments. Let’s shed some light on those old negs by making a personalized lamp. This quick project also finally...

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16
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...

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3
Mar 2011

Holga Does Sundance

A “Swedish movie” from the ’60s? Nope. The Holga in question is the simple plastic film camera from Freestyle Photographic Supplies, Hollywood, Calif., the camera with a cult following for its surreal, quirky images which are a far cry from...

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24
Feb 2011

New Kodak Film

Kodak also introduced the new Kodak Professional Portra 160 Film, featuring a significantly finer grain structure in a 160-speed color-negative film, the company said. The new Kodak Professional Portra160 Film incorporates Kodak’s Advanced Cubic Emulsions to achieve this finer grain....

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7
Jan 2011

Disposable Camera Hack – Kodak’s Fun Saver Panoramic 35

Photographer Deon Reynold’s has been using, or more accurately re-using Kodak “Fun Saver Panoramic 35″ disposable cameras for his photography since 1994. These cameras where available at grocery stores for about $10.00, but since Kodak quit making them in 1999,...

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6
Jan 2011

Choosing 35mm or 120 film

Photographers choosing to shoot with hand-held cameras using film have two main, film formats to choose. The 35mm film format is the more popular film format in the world. It is a very flexible format in which to work. It...

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