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 of visual interest worth capturing.
If you happen to prefer taking photos on film, you’re in luck; Portland is a city that’s very friendly to film photographers. We’ve rounded up our favorite places for film developing in Portland, OR. Check out the list below, as well as a map of their locations.
Our Favorite Places to Develop Film in Portland, OR
Pro Photo Supply Lab
Location: 1815 NW Northrup St, Portland, OR 97209
We all know the feeling of anticipation when waiting to develop a roll of film that you’ve just finished shooting. While some people enjoy the waiting (and the surprise that comes when you finally get your scans back), not all of us have that much patience.
If you find yourself in the latter category, Pro Photo Supply Lab may be just what you’re looking for. C-41 color film is developed same day, and while not quite as quickly, they also develop black and white, E-6 slide film, large format film, as well as any other uncommon sizes of film you have.
The photo lab is associated with a nearby retail store, providing a place to find all of your photographic gear needs, as well as equipment rentals.
You can learn more about their photo lab at Pro Photo Supply Lab.
Location: 3070 NE Sandy Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
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 set to get 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.
For more information, check out Citizens Photo.
Blue Moon Camera and Machine
Location: 8417 N Lombard St, Portland, OR 97203
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. While they develop all of the most common formats (35mm, 120, large format, color, black and white, and slide film), they are able to develop any film you bring to them, no matter how old or obscure.
Not to mention their fantastic, constantly changing selection of vintage film cameras, Blue Moon is truly an analog shooter’s paradise.
Feel free to check out their site for available camera inventory and more details on their services at Blue Moon Camera and Machine.
Location: 714 SW Washington St, Portland, OR 97205
The Shutterbug is a business that has truly stood the test of time. Established in 1971, they operated 15 stores at the peak of film photography’s popularity.
While those days may be well behind us, their remaining location still supports the needs of Portland film photographers. Offering C-41 developing for both 35mm and 120 film, they also have one of the most incredible selections of film stocks for sale that we’ve ever seen.
If you’re ever in need of film developing in Portland, check out The Shutterbug and buy a few rolls of film you’ve never shot, while you’re at it.
More information can be found at The Shutterbug.
Location: 16324 Bryant Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035
While technically not in Portland, Photo Lab may be of interest to those film photographers who live a little bit further outside of the city. They operate out of Lake Oswego, and have 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, but they also have a host of other visual-related offerings.
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.
You can check out their prices and a full list of services at Photo Lab.
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 fantastic 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.
You can find more information about membership, or the next open darkroom at The Portland Darkroom.
Map of the Best Places to Develop Film in Portland
Did We Miss Anywhere?
Do you know any other great places for film developing in Portland? If so, we’d love to hear about them; let us know in the comments.