Where to Develop Film in Miami in 2023.
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Riding the recent resurgence of film photography, the number of labs that develop film in Miami has doubled since this article was first published.
Newcomers share this list with photo shops that have been in business for almost a century. And while the majority of labs are located within city limits, there are also some great choices nearby in the Miami area.
No matter what type or size of film you prefer to shoot, it should be no problem to find developing without going too far. Check out the full list, which includes the exact services offered at each lab and a map of their locations.
Coming up on 100 years in business, Pitman Photo Supply is a long-standing photoshop that carries a huge inventory of gear for any type of photographer. Established in 1928, it’s nice to see that they have never stopped offering film processing services.
While the two most common film formats, 35mm and 120, are developed at Pitman Photo, they also handle less common 110 and APS film. Their developing services are available for both C-41 color and black and white.
Film photographers may be interested in their great selection of film stocks, at-home developing supplies, and used equipment section that sometimes stocks great film cameras and vintage lenses.
Other notable services include equipment rentals, camera cleaning, and repairs.
While automated developing machines you see at a lot of photo labs are convenient, we love to see labs that still do things by hand, like Darkroom and Digital Imaging
All C-41 film is developed dip and dunk and black white is developed by hand. 35mm, 120, and 4×5 film are all processed.
One of the best things about photo labs that develop by hand is that they usually offer analog prints of your photos, Darkroom and Digital Imaging included. Especially if you prefer shooting black and white film, there is nothing like seeing the final image on a darkroom print.
New to the scene and centrally located, Palm Film Lab is a haven for film photographers in Miami.
C-41 color, black and white, and E-6 slide film are all developed in house, whether its 35mm or 120.
Aside from their film processing services, Palm Film Lab stocks fresh film and used cameras of all sizes and prices. In the short time since opening, they’ve managed to receive quite the positive reception with nothing but glowing reviews from excited new customers.
Bellows is a new photo lab that has already opened two locations – Miami and Chicago. Both stores offer the same extensive list of services for film photographers.
Most importantly, any and all types of film are accepted in person or by mail. 35mm, medium, and large format can all be developed whether color, B&W, or E-6 slide film. You can also drop off less common formats like 110, APS, and ECN-2.
If you’re local to Miami (or in town visiting), the quick turnaround times may be a big draw to Bellows Film Lab.
One hour develop and scan is usually available for an extra fee. Many people won’t even consider this option as standard turn around time for any type of film is just 24 hours. And particularly patient photographers can save even more with a small discount for a 72 hour turnaround.
Where to Develop Film Near Miami
In a time when film photo labs have continued to go out of business, sometimes developing your film requires a bit of a trip. If you live in the area, you may still want to check out some more places to develop film near Miami.
If you live in the Miami area but outside of the city, you may still have somewhere to develop film near you. Check out the remaining options below.
30 miles outside of Miami in Fort Lauderdale, Thackers Film Lab is a spot worth checking out if you’re an analog photographer.
The lab develops 35mm and 120 and can process color film, black and white, and even E-6 slide film.
While you’re dropping off your finished roll(s) of film at Thackers, you’ll be able to restock your with a wide variety of fresh stocks available. It’s also worth checking out their used section, where they sell many types of pre-owned film cameras.
Dale Laboratories, a full-service photo lab specializing in all types of printing, operates about 20 miles outside of Miami. While the majority of their services are printing related, they still offer film processing.
Black and white, as well as C-41 color and E-6 slide film, can all be developed by Dale Laboratories. Both 35mm and 120.
Turnaround is usually speedy (for black and white or color film) – just one hour for developing and 90 minutes if you want to include hi-res scans.
Map of Where to Develop Film in Miami
Do you know anywhere else to get film developed in the Miami area? If so, let us know in the comments!