Film Development

What can we develop?

We develop 35mm color (C-41) film and disposable cameras.

If you are unsure if your film can be developed, check the film canister. If it says, C-41 process, we can develop it.

 

What can't we develop?

We cannot develop 35mm black & white, 120, E-6, APS, 110 or any other formats of film.

 

How much does it cost?

We require payment at the time of drop-off.

 

Film Development to CD: $15/roll

What you receive: Your developed negatives cut and sleeved, a high-resolution scan of each one of your images on a CD, and an index print. 

We have an external CD drive at the store, which you are welcome to use in the store to transfer the images on the CD directly to your laptop computer.

 

Film Development to Prints: $15/roll

What you receive: Your developed negatives cut and sleeved, one 4" x 6" print of each exposure in the finish of your choice (matte or glossy), and an index print.

 

Film Development to CD & Prints: $20/roll

What you receive: Your developed negatives cut and sleeved, a high-resolution scan of each one of your images on a CD, one 4" x 6" print of each exposure in the finish of your choice (matte or glossy), and an index print. 

 

Film Development Only: $10/roll

What you receive: Your developed negatives cut and sleeved.

Please let us know if you would prefer your negatives be left uncut. 

 

Extra Set of Prints: $5

Extra CD: $5

 

How long does it take?

All film that we receive prior to 5:30PM on Tuesday will be promised for pick-up by the end of the day on Friday of that week. If, for example, you were to drop off film on Wednesday, it would be ready on the following Friday at the very latest. 

We will contact you as soon as your film is ready for pick-up.

 

What happens if the images do not turn out?

If your roll of film is blank (has no exposures), and you ordered a CD or prints, we will provide you a refund for the CD or prints we were unable to make.

Our lab technicians want you to have the best experience possible shooting film and will leave a note with your order if they notice anything abnormal.

 

Common Problems with Film Development and Why They Happen

Below is a list of the common problems we see when we develop film along with some suggestions.

If you have questions about a roll of film we've developed for you, please bring it in! We are happy to look at the roll with you and answer any questions you have.

 

Blank, Clear Film, No Exposure or Frame

The Problem: The negative was never exposed to light.

How to Recognize It: Your negatives will be see-through. There will be no dark area in between the sprocket holes of the film.

How to Fix It: The most common cause of this problem is improper loading. If the film is not loaded properly, it will never be exposed because it will not be transported in front of the shutter. Check your camera's shutter to ensure it is opening. Check your camera's battery to ensure the light meter is functioning properly. Improperly setting the film's ASA, using too high of a shutter speed, or too small of an aperture can contribute to the film not receiving enough light for a properly exposed image. When using a disposable camera, this can be caused by not using a flash in dark conditions.

 

Faint Images, Poor Color, Grainy Photos

The Problem: The negative was underexposed--there was not enough light to expose the film properly.

How to Recognize It: Your negatives will be very faint or see-through, and your scans will be dark/faded, grainy, and low contrast.

How to Fix It: Check your camera's battery to ensure the light meter is functioning properly. Improperly setting the film's ASA, using too high of a shutter speed, or too small of an aperture can contribute to the film not receiving enough light for a properly exposed image. When using a disposable camera, this can be caused by not using a flash in dark conditions.

 

Pictures Overlap or are Too Far Apart

The Problem: Your camera is not moving film from the canister to the uptake reel uniformly. 

How to Recognize It: Your negatives will either be overlapping or too far apart.

How to Fix It: Make sure you are loading your film correctly. If the problem persists, your film camera needs to be evaluated by a repairman.

 

Vertical or Horizontal Reddish, Yellow Band

The Problem: Light is getting into your camera body. Typically, this is caused by faulty seals around the camera back.

How to Recognize It: Check your negatives for faded or discolored streaks or bursts in a scan. Often, they will extend outside of the frame.

How to Fix It: Check the seals on your camera are light tight. Try shooting another roll if the seals look good. If the problem persists, your film camera needs to be evaluated by a repairman.