Where to Develop Film in Portland in 2023.
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With its blend of natural beauty and urban interest, Portland, OR is a great city for photographers. Whether you’re a lifelong resident or just visiting the City of Roses, there is plenty worth capturing.
If you happen to prefer taking photos on film, you’re in luck; Portland is a city that’s very friendly to analog photographers.
Check out the list below including all of the places that still develop film in PDX, including which types of film are accepted at each lab and a map of where to find them.
PRO PHOTO SUPPLY
Pro Photo Supply is a one stop shop for photographers, offering a full retail store as well as a photo lab. Fortunately, film developing is offered through the lab.
Pro Photo develops all modern film formats – 35mm, 120, and large format are all accepted whether it’s C-41 color, B&W, or E-6. If you find yourself with any old/unusual film types, there’s a good chance they can help you develop it.
Outside of the normal things you’d find at a photoshop, Pro Photo Supply also hosts quite a few photography centered events and has used gear and rentals.
It’s rare to find a business that’s been around since 1946, but that’s just the case at Citizens Photo. With the majority of their staff having been with the company for over 40 years, you can bet that your film is in great hands.
You’ll be able to have your film developed no matter what type of shooting you prefer – Citizens processes 35mm, 120, and large format film, whether its color, black and white, or E-6 color reversal film.
Expect to find other standard photo lab services like printing and scanning.
BLUE MOON CAMERA AND MACHINE
The folks at Blue Moon Camera and Machine are true experts in everything analog. Aside from film developing, camera sales, and repairs, they also work on vintage typewriters.
As far as developing film, this is your place if you ever find yourself working with any less common or obscure film formats.
They develop all of the most common formats – 35mm, 120, large format, color, black and white, and slide film. But they are most likely able to develop any other film you may have, no matter how old it is.
With a good selection of used film cameras, film photographers in Portland will likely be able to find something of interest at Blue Moon Camera.
Established in 1971, The Shutterbug operated 15 stores at the peak of film photography’s popularity. This many years later, they still operate four locations, including one in Portland, and one in Beaverton.
Offering C-41 developing for both 35mm and 120 film, they also have a large selection of fresh film for sale.
While the film services aren’t as thorough as other labs, this is a full-service photo shop with all sorts of new gear and accessories.
Photo Lab is located just outside of Portland in Lake Oswego – they’ve been family-owned and operated since they opened in 1987.
If their name wasn’t a clear indicator, Photo Lab is a low-key, no-frills spot to get your film developed. Their services are limited to C-41 color film in 35mm and 120.
Photo printing and gifts, video digitization, and passport photos are just a few of the additional services you’ll have available when you drop off your film to get developed.
THE PORTLAND DARKROOM
If you’re a more advanced film photographer, or curious about the process of developing film, The Portland Darkroom is the place for you. While they don’t offer developing services, they run a darkroom for those who’d rather develop their own film, or create true darkroom prints.
You’re able to utilize their space in two ways; a membership that grants you 24-hour access to the darkroom, or stopping by for one of their weekly open sessions.
If you’re new to the process, they also host occasional workshops to help people gain the skills needed to develop their own film or print in the darkroom.
Map of Where to Develop Film in Portland
Did We Miss Anywhere?
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