7 Best Places for Film Developing in Brooklyn, NY

Cover Photo: D Train Northbound from Coney Island, NYC, 2009 by Thomas Claveirole, ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Tri-X 400 on a Leica M6


While digital cameras have completely changed the photography industry, you may be surprised to learn that sales of film have been rising over the past few years.

There may not be as many opportunities for film developing as before the digital camera revolution, but if you know where to look, getting your film developed is no problem! Especially in the urban metropolis of Brooklyn, NY.

Whether you’re in Bushwick, Gowanus, or anywhere between, you’re sure to find your new favorite spot for developing 35mm film, 120 medium format film, or even developing disposable cameras.

If you’re looking for places to develop film in Manhattan, be sure to check out our list of best places to develop film in NYC.


Film photo of the skyline in Brooklyn, NY
Brooklyn by Matthew Bellemare, ( CC BY-SA 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Ektar 100 on a Nikon N80


Our Favorite Places to Develop Film in Brooklyn

Red brick buildings in Brooklyn, NY
“Red” by Ryan Murphy, Taken on Kodak Portra 400 on a Canon EOS 3

Accurate Photoshop

Neighborhood: Park Slope

Location: 639 5th Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11215

This family-owned spot has been in operation since 1989, and in that time, husband and wife Connie and Tony have been the only two employees (although you might see their kids helping out behind the counter on weekends). 

Accurate Photoshop processes 35mm and 120 film in C-41 color, black and white, as well as E-6 slide film, offering same-day service on color film and next day service on black and white. 

They have one of the best reputations in the city (just check their reviews on Google to see what we mean) and are known for their unmatched friendliness. Tony has even kept the shop open late to finish an important, time-sensitive job for me!

You can learn more and check out their prices at Accurate Photoshop.


Photodom

Neighborhood: Bushwick

Location: 1717 Broadway, #310, Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11207

Photodom is new to the scene, but they’ve made quite the name for themselves in the short time since opening. Aside from their great service and selection, they hold the title of the only black-owned camera shop in the city.

They provide developing services for 35mm, 120, as well as other, less common formats. You’ll be set whether you’re dealing with color, black and white, or slide film.

When you add in their awesome, constantly-changing inventory of film cameras, merchandise, and repair services, it’s easy to see why they’re one of our favorites.

Feel free to take a look at their website for more info and an online shop at Photodom NYC.



NYC SPC

Neighborhood: East Williamsburg

Location: 1027 Grand St Box B2, Brooklyn, NY 11211

NYC Street Photography Collective is a nonprofit based out of Bushwick. Their multi-purpose space is used as a gallery for photography shows, portfolio critiques, and workshops, as well as a lab for developing 35mm film

While their services are limited to C-41 film in both 35mm and 120, they provide quick turnaround and some of the best scans we’ve gotten anywhere in the city.

Anyone interested in street photography is sure to find something of interest at NYC SPC, and even if that’s not your cup of tea, they’re still a great choice for film developing. 

Find more information about their photo lab at NYC SPC.


Gowanus Darkroom

Neighborhood: Gowanus

Location: 119 8th St #212, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Anyone interested in learning more about film photography and the process of developing film should check out Gowanus Darkroom. 

They offer a variety of classes, workshops, and private lessons for almost every aspect of film photography. Camera basics, film processing, and darkroom printing are just a few of the topics you’re able to learn more about at this spot. 

If you’d rather leave things to the professionals, they also offer film developing, scanning, and printing services for C-41 color and black and white film in 35mm, 120, and large format film. 

Check out their prices and a full list of services at Gowanus Darkroom.


Film photo of a man sitting on a walker in Brooklyn, NY
Street Seat by Katie Chao and Ben Muessig, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Portra 160VC on a Minolta Autocord

Brooklyn Film Camera

Neighborhood: Bushwick

Location: 119 8th St #212, Brooklyn, NY 11215

Brooklyn Film camera was started by former employees of The Impossible Project and specializes in Polaroid cameras and film, although they carry plenty of products for anyone interested in analog photography. 

While the shop’s main focus is the sale of films of all types, merchandise, and cameras (ranging from brand new Polaroids to 50-year-old TLR’s), they also offer developing services for 35mm and 120 film. C-41 color, black and white, and E-6 color reversal film are all processed in house. 

Another fantastic offering from Brooklyn Film Camera is their film dropboxes located in a few neighborhoods around the city. You can drop off a roll of film at their dropboxes inside bars and retail shops, which they’ll pick up three times a week and develop at their main shop. 

They have dropbox locations in Greenwich Village, Williamsburg, and the Lower East Side.

You can find the specific dropbox locations and developing info, as well a great online shop at Brooklyn Film Camera.



Bushwick Community Darkroom

Neighborhood: Bushwick

Location: 110 Troutman St, Brooklyn, NY 11206

A community-based endeavor, Bushwick Community Darkroom is a space intended to preserve and promote the practice of film photography in Brooklyn. They house a darkroom available for the public to rent, exhibitions in their gallery, and classes to learn more about the process of developing your own film. 

If you’d rather stick to shooting, you can also drop off any type of 35mm or 120 film for developing, scanning, and/or printing. 

In their efforts to support the community with this space, Bushwick Community Darkroom also offers financial aid for photographers of marginalized groups, or those facing financial hardship.

Take a look at their prices and a full list of their offerings at Bushwick Community Darkroom.


Photo Lab NYC

Neighborhood: Bushwick

Location: 75 Stewart Ave Suite 310, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Photo Lab NYC may offer the most advanced film developing service in all of Brooklyn. They cater to seasoned film shooters by offering a variety of custom options that are hard to find elsewhere.

For black and white film, they provide the unique option of choosing which developer is used to process your film. For C41 color, along with standard processing, you’ll be able to have your film cross-processed, or bleach bypassed. 

Photo Lab NYC also offers expired film recovery processing, which aims to obtain the greatest possible results from delicate, tough-to-process, expired film. This could really come in handy if you ever find yourself with a valuable, old roll of film that you don’t want to risk ruining with standard processing. 

For more details at all of the custom services they offer, visit Photo Lab NYC.


Map of the Best Places to Develop Film


More Places for Film Developing in Brooklyn

Film photo of cherry blossoms in Brooklyn, NY
Blossoms in Bed-Stuy by Jana Markova, ( CC BY 2.0 )

Didn’t find quite what you were looking for? While the film processing services above may be our favorites, there are still more options available. Check out the list below for the remaining places to get your film developed in Brooklyn.



Photoreal

Neighborhood: Downtown Brooklyn / Brooklyn Heights

Location: 52 Court St, Brooklyn, NY 11201

Website: Photoreal

Nostrand Photo Lab

Neighborhood: Crown Heights / Flatbush

Location: 1435 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11226

Website: Nostrand Photo Lab

Photo Life

Neighborhood: Crown Heights

Location: 992 Nostrand Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11225

Website: Photo Life

Black & White on White

Neighborhood: East Williamsburg

Location: 109 Ingraham St #104, Brooklyn, NY 11237

Website: Black & White on White

Kubus Photo Service

Neighborhood: Greenpoint

Location: 102A Nassau Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11222

Website: Kubus Photo Service


Film photo showing multiple exposures of Coney Island
Film Forwarding by Sarah Marriage, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on a Holga camera


Did We Miss Anywhere?

Film photo of the Statue of Liberty from Brooklyn, NY
The Liberty by Chun-Hung Eric Cheng, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on a Pentax ME Super

Do you know anywhere else to get film developed in Brooklyn that we missed? Let us know in the comments!

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