In 2018, Ilford conducted an interesting survey for film photographers, gaining some insight into how and why folks are still choosing to shoot film. 57% of those surveyed stated that they were new to film photography, or returning to the medium after taking a break.
Now, whether you fit into this category of new/newly returned film photographers, or whether you’re one of the 43% who never stopped shooting film, you probably know that it’s not always the easiest task to find a good place to develop film.
Luckily, we’ve gathered a list of our favorite places for film developing in Miami. We’ve also included a map of their locations, and a few extra options, in case you don’t find quite what you’re looking for. Check out the list below.
Our Favorite Places to Develop Film in Miami
Pitman Photo Supply
Location: 14321 S Dixie Hwy, Miami, FL 33176
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.
To see everything they have to offer, as well as info on developing services, visit Pitman Photo Supply.
Darkroom and Digital Imaging Photo Lab
Location: 331 NE 59th Terrace, Miami, FL 33137
While automated developing machines you see at a lot of photo labs are certainly convenient, we always love labs that still do things by hand. That’s why Darkroom and Digital Imaging is one of our favorite places to develop film in Miami.
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 here.
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.
You can check out the prices for their services at Darkroom and Digital Imaging Photo Lab.
Palm Film Lab
Location: 2248 SW 57th Ave, Miami, FL 33155
02/06/2021 – Thanks to user @noby for the tip on the opening of Palm Film Lab.
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.
If you’re interested in giving them a try, check out Palm Film Lab.
Our Favorite Places for Film Developing 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 our favorite places to develop film near Miami.
Thackers Film Lab
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 camera with a wide variety of film stocks available. It’s also worth checking out their used section, where they sell many types of pre-owned cameras.
For more information, you should visit Thackers Film Lab.
Location: 2960 Simms St, Hollywood, FL 33020
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.
Any printing project you can imagine can be completed, so you can find a great way to display your newly developed photos.
A full list of services, as well as prices, can be found at Dale Laboratories.
Map of the Best Places 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!