Where to Develop Film in Houston in 2023.
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There’s no denying that plenty of photographers are trading in the convenience of digital cameras and returning to film. But while the sales of film may have been rising, it’s become difficult to find a place for developing.
Luckily, between long-standing labs that never shut their doors and new businesses opened to help keep the medium alive, you’ll still be able to get your film developed no matter where you’re located.
Check out the handful of places that still develop film in Houston. We’ve included which types of film are accepted by each lab and a map of where to find them.
FLATS FILM LAB
FLATS Film Lab tops our list of places for film developing in Houston. Not only do they offer developing and scanning of all types of film, but they also host photo exhibitions aimed at promoting the work of Houston photographers.
You’ll be able to drop off your film for developing whether you shoot 35mm, 120, or 4×5; their services cover C-41 color, black and white, and even E-6 slide film. FLATS offers a variety of options for scanning, depending on what size files you need.
There is also the option of purchasing prints from your film, although printing is sent out to another lab and can take a decent amount of time to get back to you. A variety of film stocks, as well as disposable cameras, are available to purchase in person, or on their online shop.
THE PHOTO LAB
While there aren’t a ton of options for developing film in Houston, one spot has been around since before the digital camera revolution took the world by storm. The Photo Lab has been in business since 1981, still providing services for photographers who prefer to stick with film.
Their offerings aren’t the most extensive, but should be adequate for the majority of film shooters; 35mm and 120 are both processed in house, color or black and white. You’ll also be able to get scans or prints of your freshly developed film.
Aside from their film-related services, The Photo Lab also offers photo restoration as well as headshots (with an excellent reputation for the quality of both of these offerings).
Where to Develop Film in the Houston Area
While there aren’t too many places for film developing in Houston city limits, here are a few other labs located in the greater Houston area.
HUMBLE CAMERA CENTER
If you find yourself north of Houston, Humble Camera center is located just 20 miles away, in Humble, TX.
They develop film, both color and black and white, 35mm and 120 medium format.
If you’re in the market for a camera, you can also check out their selection of used film cameras, lenses, and plenty of other accessories. You can also restock on 35mm, medium format, and Polaroid film.
KINGWOOD PHOTO LAB
A bit further North, you can find Kingwood Photo Lab. Established in 1985, they’ve gained a great reputation as a friendly, reliable place for film developing.
You’ll be able to bring your 35mm and 120 film here, whether it’s C-41 color, black and white, or slide film. You can even bring in APS or 110 film for processing.
Kingwood Photo offers a list of other services from photo restoration to printing services (including photo books), as well as video digitization. They hold the title of the only Kodak Express store in all of Texas!
Map of Where to Develop Film
Do you know any more places to develop film in Houston? Do you have a favorite from this list? Let us know below!
Omg, I just stumbled onto this and it’s so cool! Thank you 🙏
❤️ Jessi, Curator & Owner of FLATS 😋
Well put together blog. This is really cool. Society is becoming obsessed with the instantaneous gratification of the camera phone. For good reason it is very convenient and the tech is getting better and better. However the downside of this is we are loosing the lost art of developing film in dark rooms. Something magical about that process. Hopefully it will remain relevant a bit longer.