5 Best Places for Film Developing in Miami

Cover Photo: South Beach by Phillip Pessar, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on expired Fuji 110 film on a Minolta Autopak 460T

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

Film photo of a car driving by in the night
Untitled by Ernest Duffoo, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Portra 400 on a Canon Sure Shot 80 Tele

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. 

Film photo of a Mid-Century building in Miami
Mid-Century Architectural Detail Starlite Hotel South Beach 1952 by Phillip Pessar, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on Fujifilm Superia Xtra 400 on a Minolta Dynax 303si

Thackers Film Lab

Location: 713 NW 6th Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33311

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.

Dale Laboratories

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

Anywhere Else?

Film photo of a beach in Miami
South Beach Paragliding by Phillip Pessar, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Ultra 400 film on a Kodak Instamatic 20

Do you know anywhere else to get film developed in the Miami area? If so, let us know in the comments!

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1 year ago

Palm Film Lab in Miami just opened not too long ago!

1 year ago

Went to Darkroom & Digital for the first time recently and they kept sending me the wrong scan files and when I picked up my negatives they were rolled and squished inside an envelope, they are now wavy and far from smooth! They were not able to make digital contact sheets either or scan with the negative frames.

I tried the new Bellows lab in Wynwood, what a mess! They didn’t send me my scans, when I called they couldn’t find my order, I went in person and they told me the negatives were missing! They finally found them but they hadn’t been scanned. They refunded me but even after promising to scan them that day, they didn’t. And when I finally got an email from them, they only sent the contact sheet files. Not a professional lab by any means, I won’t be going back to either labs.