Since 1976, The Darkroom has specialized in Film Developing.
Mail your film to us using our postage-paid mailer, and for as low as $12, we’ll process your film, scan your negatives, and upload your images for immediate download or sharing on Facebook, Instagram, etc.
While other retailers will just process your film, we take a much more detailed approach to make sure that your images turn out perfectly. We carefully inspect your film and color, contrast, and density adjust each frame to deliver high-quality images. We’ll also mail your negatives along with optional prints, photo DVD, or USB drive with your digital images. Develop your film using the three easy methods below.
Most film developing orders are shipped back to you within 3-7 business days after they enter production. We are located in Southern California, so mail takes 2-5 days to reach us from almost anywhere in the country. Occasionally production times run a bit longer, especially before or after holidays.
You will also get your web uploads approximately 3-6 business days after your order goes into production. Please note there are some exceptions. Super Scan orders typically take 3-7 business days. Film shot in a non-standard format will take several extra days due to manual scanning. This includes APS / Advantix film developing, 110 film developing and 126 film format developing, mini-Diana’s, panoramic formats and sprocket hole rolls etc.
Damaged film (torn sprockets, overlapped frames, uneven frames) will take longer due to manual scanning. Supplied Negatives/Slides – Prints and scans from previously developed films typically take 5-10 business days. Photo Gifts – Canvas, metal, and bamboo products generally run 5-9 business day production time. Prints ordered from scans online generally take 2-5 business days production time.
Our heritage goes back to the 1940’s. Like most great photo labs, The Darkroom was started by photographers for photographers. Back then, it could be intimidating coming to a photo lab like ours, unless you were a pro. Unless you knew what you were talking about, you would get the “you don’t know what you’re talking about, you idiot” attitude.