Even in a world where the majority of people carry around a high quality digital camera in their pocket, there are still plenty of reasons you may choose to purse analog photography.
Whatever your reasons may be, there are a few considerations to take into account. Most importantly, where are you going to get your film developed so that you can actually see your photos?
It can be difficult to find the right place to take your valuable rolls of film, but worry not; we’ve rounded up our favorite places for film developing in Philadelphia. Check out the list below, including a map of their locations.
Our Favorite Places for Film Developing in Philadelphia
Location: 206 E Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125
Indie Photo is truly a one-stop-shop for all of your film photography needs. They offer an extensive list of services and maintain the feeling of a photoshop “for photographers, by photographers”.
For all of you film shooters that like to use a variety of formats, this is your spot; Indie Photo develops 35mm, 120, and 4×5, whether it’s C-41 color, black and white, or E-6 slide film. When developing your film, you’ll have a few options as to what size scans you get back, which we always prefer.
Aside from developing and scanning services, you’ll be able to stock up on a great selection of fresh film (in-store or online), rent a digital workstation, or even take a class on photography.
For a list of their developing prices, as well as an online shop, visit Indie Photo.
Location: 28 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Unique Photo opened its first store in Fairfield, NJ over seven decades ago in 1947. They’ve since expanded, adding a fantastic location in Philadelphia that any film photographer in the area should check out.
While this is a full-service camera shop for any type of photography, the folks at Unique have kept true to their roots, providing a great selection of products and services for analog shooters.
You can drop off 35mm and 120 film here, whether you prefer to shoot color or black and white. If you’ve ever been interested in developing film at home, this is also a great place to pick up any of the developing equipment you need.
In the spirit of promoting the medium, Unique holds a monthly film photo contest with the winner receiving two rolls of fresh film, as well as their winning photo shared on the Unique website!
Aside from their film-specific offerings, there is still plenty to check out at Unique Photo; equipment rentals, repairs, classes, and even a studio available for rent.
If you’re interested in learning more, check out Unique Photo.
Photo Lounge offers some intriguing specials that make it an especially great spot to develop film in Philadelphia.
You’ll be able to drop off your film for developing whether it’s 35mm, 120, 110, or 126. Black and white, as well as C-41 color, are both processed.
Photo Lounge offers a “Film Processing Super Saver”, which gives you a significant discount on developing services when purchased upfront. This service gives you a set number of rolls developed and scanned (the number depends on which type of film it is), and you’re able to redeem it with any combination of film formats.
Another great program at Photo Lounge is their “Philadelphia Film Photography Club Membership”. For a monthly fee, you’ll receive three rolls of film or two disposable cameras, along with a handful of great member benefits, such as a discount on all film processing, discounts on anything for sale in their store, as well as upgraded scan sizes on any order.
While these are some of the best specials we’ve ever seen a photo lab offer, Photo Lounge also makes it easier than ever to get your film developed. You can drop off in person, by mail, or, drop at one of their “MobiLab” self-service drop boxes, which are located in 8 different places around the greater Philadelphia area.
For prices and more information on all of their services, visit Photo Lounge.
New York Camera & Video
Location: 1139 Street Rd, Southampton, PA 18966
About 20 miles outside of Philadelphia in Southhampton, you can find New York Camera and Video; we think there are enough services for film photographers to make it worth the trip.
For starters, they develop a wide variety of film formats. 35mm, 120, APS, 110, and 126 can all be processed, whether its color, black and white, or E-6 slide film (although E-6 is sent to another lab).
If you ever have some film that is time sensitive, New York Camera offers rush services (for a fee) that greatly reduces the time of processing.
While you’re dropping off a roll or two, you can browse their full-service store for all of your photographic gear-related needs, as well as a selection of used film cameras.
You can learn more at New York Camera and Video.
Map of the Best Places for Film Developing
Did we miss any places to develop film in Philadelphia? If you know anywhere else, let us know in the comments!