Over 20 Places to Develop Film in the San Francisco Bay Area

Cover Photo: The Bridge by Richard P J Lambert, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Shot on Cross-Processed Provia E-6 Slide Film


There’s no question that San Francisco is a photogenic city. Whether you live in the Bay Area or find yourself visiting, it’s a fantastic place to be a photographer.

While 1-Hour Photo labs used to be plentiful, just like everything else in the city, that’s changed pretty drastically. Most labs from the pre-digital camera era have closed their doors for good.

Luckily, some places have weathered the storm and new labs have opened as the film resurgence continues to grow. 

We’ve found all 20+ of the best places to get film developed in the San Francisco Bay Area. Whether you’re in Oakland, Berkeley, San Jose, Napa, or anywhere in between, you’ll find somewhere to develop your film. 

Check out the list below, as well as a map of their locations. 

Film photo of buildings in Chinatown, San Francisco
Chinatown in San Francisco 2 by Chris Clogg, Shot on a Canon Rebel 2000 on Kodak Ektar 100 Film


Best Places to Develop Film in San Francisco

SF by Roman KönigshoferCC BY-ND 2.0 ), Shot on an Olympus Stylus Epic on Konica Minolta VX 100 Film

Oscar’s Photo Lab

Location: 790 Brannan St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Founded in 1982, Oscar’s Photo Lab is one of the oldest Bay Area photo labs still in business. While many labs have shifted to simpler, automated film processing techniques as the technology has become available, Oscar’s has maintained a careful, thoughtful approach to developing film.

Every roll of film is processed dip and dunk and just about any film format is accepted. Whether you shoot 35mm, 120, or large format, you can bring your C-41 color, black and white, and even E6 slide film to Oscar’s.

If you find yourself with some expired film, or maybe a box of old family photos, it’s worth noting that Oscar’s also offers retouching and restoration services. They do high-end work and are sure to take good care of your valuable photos. 

Check out a price list and learn more at Oscar’s Photo Lab.



Photo Works

Location: 2279 Market St, San Francisco, CA 94114

In a city that’s changing faster than the blink of an eye, it’s nice to see that so many photo labs in the Bay Area have been around since SF could be considered “affordable”. Opened in the heyday of film photography over three decades ago, Photo Works has been owner-operated in the same neighborhood the entire time. 

Catering to film photographers of all skill levels, you should check out Photo Works whether you’re developing your first roll of film, or you’re a working professional (although most pros in the area have probably already paid this lab a visit). 

Unless you’re experimenting with some obscure film formats, Photo Works will likely be able to develop whatever type of film you like to shoot. 35mm, 120, and 4×5 film are all processed in-house, whether it’s color, black and white, or slide film. 

When you end up with one of your favorite shots, Photo Works can help you take that photo to the next level with a variety of printing services and custom framing. Unique options such as printing on canvas or wood can really help bring your photos to life. 

For more information, visit Photo Works


Dickerman Prints

Location: 1141 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94103

If the name didn’t give it away, Dickerman Prints is, first and foremost, a high-end print shop. Although their focus may be printing, we love when these businesses maintain their film processing services, truly helping to keep film photography alive!

While film processing is just an additional service offered, that doesn’t mean that Dickerman’s is limited in its services. 35mm, 120, and large format film are all processed; the only service they don’t offer is E-6 slide film processing.

As you could probably guess, printing, mounting, and framing are all offered here and executed with great care and attention to detail. A nice addition is the display of local photographers’ work, further showing a commitment to the local art scene.

Film processing, top-tier printing, and exhibition by local artists; what else could you ask for?

If you’re interested, check out Dickerman Prints.



Glass Key Photo

Location: 1230 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94109

While technically, film isn’t developed at Glass Key Photo, they’ve partnered with Underdog Film Lab in the East Bay to provide a convenient option for those located in central SF. Check out our rundown of Underdog Film lab here.

While they don’t develop film themselves, Glass Key is an analog-focussed photoshop that’s worth checking out, even if you already have a photo lab that you like. You can load up on all types of fresh film, darkroom supplies, and check out the constantly changing selection of used film cameras for sale. 

To check out their selection, visit Glass Key Photo.

For more information on film processing, check out Underdog Film Lab.


Best Places to Develop Film in Oakland / The East Bay

Wallride by Shawn WhisenantCC BY 2.0 ), Shot on Kodak T-Max 400

Mike’s Camera

Undoubtedly the most featured lab on this list, Mike’s Camera operates 10 stores throughout Northern California and Colorado. Several locations across the Bay make this a convenient spot to develop your film. 

The most common film formats are developed on-site; 35mm, and 120 film can be processed in C-41 color, black and white, and E-6. Although we haven’t had film developed at every location, we’ve had good results at the few we have, and their locations are all well-reviewed. 

As you could’ve guessed with the number of locations, Mike’s Camera is somewhat of a photography superstore, offering just about anything you need to create images. 

The used inventory is always worth browsing, and they even offer a variety of photography classes. 

Mike’s Camera prides itself on a high level of standards and training for employees, ensuring that you’ll have no problem getting the help you need.

To learn more about everything they have to offer, check out Mike’s Camera.

In the East Bay, the two locations are:

Dublin: 7192 Regional St, Dublin, CA 94568

Pleasant Hill: 2170 Contra Costa Blvd, Pleasant Hill, CA 94523


Underdog Film Lab

Location: 1624 Peralta St, Oakland, CA 94607

When a bunch of analog-obsessive photographers get together to start a photo lab, you end up with a business that is truly run with photographers in mind. The folks behind Underdog Film Lab set out to create a spot that provides the highest quality services, without marking up the price to match.

As could be expected, the offerings are thorough; 35mm, 120, and large format film are all processed in-house, whether it is C-41 color, black and white, or E-6 color reversal. 

While dropping off at Underdog is a convenient option for film photographers in West Oakland, you can also drop off film at Glass Key Photo if you’re in San Francisco. 

If you’d like to learn more, check out Underdog Film Lab.



Action Photo Service

Location: 1741 Clayton Rd A, Concord, CA 94520

The oldest photoshop on our list, Action Photo Service has been in business since 1963! Fully surviving the digital camera revolution is a feat in itself, and we always love the chance to support photo labs that have stood the test of time. 

The majority of photographers could use Action Photo for their film processing needs; 35mm, 120, and 4×5 large format film are all developed. Color, black and white, and even E-6 slide film are all processed on-site. 

While film processing is the main game, you can still handle any printing needs or transfer analog video to digital.

For more information, you can visit Action Photo Service.


Montclair 1-Hour Photo

Location: 6170 Antioch St, Oakland, CA 94611

“1-Hour Photo” labs are getting harder and harder to find, and even when you do, the “1-Hour” part of the name is oftentimes just a relic of the past. Which is why we were so excited to come across Montclair 1-Hour Photo.

35mm and 120 are both developed in-house. C-41 color is processed in one hour, black and white is processed in 3-4 hours, and E-6 slide film is processed in 24 hours. 

If you have some obscure film to develop, you may want to check out Montclair; they also develop 110, 126, and APS film.

As with most any old-school photoshop, you can also get prints of your photos and pick up a few rolls of fresh film to replenish your stash. 

If you’d like to learn more, check out Montclair 1-Hour Photo.



A1 Photo & Video Lab

Location: 785 Oak Grove Rd, Concord, CA 94518

A1 Photo and Video Lab operate two locations in the San Francisco area; Concord and Berkley. 

The services are relatively simple compared to other labs; 35mm and 120 are both developed in both color and black and white. 

For a bit more information, you can check out our roundup of the Berkely location, or visit A1 Photo & Video Lab.


Best Places to Develop Film in Berkley

Film photo of an old car
The Bucket by Nick FisherCC BY-ND 2.0 ), Taken on a Yashica T3

Photo Lab

Location: 2235 Fifth St, Berkeley, CA 94710

Established in 1970 and still operating with the least original name imaginable, Photo Lab is a great place for film developing in Berkley. 

All sorts of film photographers can have their film developed at Photo Lab; 35mm, 120, and 4×5 are all developed, in C-41 color, black and white, and E-6 slide film. 

Some unique printing services include canvas prints, as well as true darkroom silver gelatin prints of your black and white images. Catering to the Berkely community, photo workshops are offered, along with exhibitions of local photographers’ work. 

If you’d like to learn more, visit Photo Lab.


A1 Photo & Video Lab

Location: 1629 University Ave, Berkeley, CA 94703

A1 Photo & Video operates 2 locations in the SF Bay Area (the other location is in the East Bay, in Concord). 

While large format film and E-6 color reversal film aren’t processed at A1, you can still bring your 35mm and 120 film, C-41 color or black and white. APS and other odd/old film formats are also no problem.

Aside from the film processing services, you’ll find your standard photo lab offerings, such as printing, photo restoration, and video digitization. 

For more information, you should check out A1 Photo & Video Lab.



Looking Glass Photo & Camera

Location: 1045 Ashby Ave, Berkeley, CA 94710

We generally stay away from photo labs that develop film off-premises, but we’re willing to make an exception for Looking Glass. Your precious film is still developed in town, and only transported by local couriers, to avoid the possibility of any mail-related mix-ups. 

A thorough list of film processing services includes 35mm, 120, and 4×5 film, developed whether C-41 color, black and white, or E-6 slide film. 

The photoshop itself is also a great destination for film photographers, with a selection of used film cameras, and photography classes. You can also have your film camera cleaned, or have the foam replaced.

To see more, visit Looking Glass Photo & Camera.


Best Places to Develop Film in the Peninsula

Polaroid photo of alleyway in San Francisco
Cypress Alley Neg by Abe Bingham, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on Impossible PX-600 UV Polaroid Film

Mike’ Camera Menlo Park

Location: 715 Santa Cruz Ave, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Check out our rundown of Mike’s Camera here.


Kaufman’s Cameras

Location: 1502 El Camino Real, San Bruno, CA 94066

In San Bruno, you can find Kaufman’s Cameras, a full-service photoshop that also develops film. You’ll be able to drop off your 35mm and 120 film, both C-41 color and black and white. 

As with most photo labs, you can also handle any printing needs at Kaufman’s camera. We also like the selection of used gear, which has been known to include some nice film cameras and vintage lenses. 

If you’re interested in learning more, you can visit Kaufman’s Cameras.


Best Places to Develop Film in the South Bay (San Jose)

Film photo of corner store in San Francisco
Convenience store in San Francisco by Chris Clogg, Taken on a Canon Rebel 2000 on Cinestill 50D Film

Foto Express

Location: 304 E Santa Clara St #C, San Jose, CA 95113

The consensus seems to be: Foto Express is the best place for film developing in San Jose. The spot is owned and operated by a man named Henry who is beloved for his kind spirit and excellent work developing people’s images. 

35mm and 120 film are both processed, whether C-41 color, black and white, or E-6 slide film. 

Film is for sale, and you can get passport photos, but this is really just a straightforward, no-frills lab. You know…like the ones you used to find all over the place. I mean, they don’t even have a website.



K&H Digital Photo

Location: 1840, 2471 Autumnvale Dr unit d, San Jose, CA 95131

While the term “digital photo” sometimes sends film shooters running for the hills, K&H’s name doesn’t represent all of the offerings of their business; this is another spot to get film developed in San Jose.

35mm and 120 medium format film can both be developed, C-41 color or black and white. Advantix is also accepted, in case you happen to come across any expired rolls. 

Nothing else out of the ordinary; scanning services, printing, and passport photos can all be handled at K&H. 

You can check out K&H Digital Photo.


Best Places to Develop Film in the North Bay (Napa, Santa Rosa)

Film photo of Golden Gate Park in San Francisco
Golden Gate Park 204 by Michael Fraley, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on a Leica M7 on Konica Minolta VX 100 Film

Mike’s Camera Mill Valley

Location: 214 Strawberry Village, Mill Valley, CA 94941

We’ve written all about Mike’s Camera. Check it out here.


The LAB

Location: 3200 Dutton Ave #420, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Serving the North Bay since 1987, The LAB is the only spot in the North Bay that develops E-6 slide film and large format sheet film. 

No matter what kind of camera you like to shoot with, you should be good to go at The LAB; 35mm, 120 and large format film are all developed. C-41 color, black and white, or E-6 slide film. 

On top of standard printing services, you can also have photos mounted or print custom photo books. 

It’s worth checking out The LAB’s website; they sometimes hold photo contests where you can win prints of your photos. Even better, you can enter no matter where you live!

Check it out at The LAB.



Photo Pro

Location: 1258 Trancas St, Napa, CA 94558

If you find yourself shooting film in Napa (sounds lovely), you’re going to want to check out Photo Pro. This is the only spot in town that develops color film. 

Both color film, as well as black and white are processed. 35mm or 120 medium format. 

Most other photo-related needs can be addressed: printing, scanning, restoration, and fresh film for sale. 

For more information, you can visit Photo Pro


Shutterbug

Location: 3011 Santa Rosa Ave C, Santa Rosa, CA 95407

Shutterbug is the only spot in the North Bay that develops film and is also a full service camera shop. If you need any type of gear, it can always be nice to drop your film off while you’re there. 

You can bring your 35mm and 120 film to Shutterbug if it’s C-41 color or black and white.

Aside from general camera gear (batteries, tripods, straps, etc.), Shutterbug offers camera repairs and cleaning, and even hosts occasional photography classes. 

If you need some gear or film developing in the North Bay, check out Shutterbug



North Bay Silver Lab

Location: 421 Walnut St #180, Napa, CA 94559

This last entry on the list is for a very specific type of photographer, but it’s worth noting. 

North Bay is a professional lab that specializes in silver gelatin darkroom printing. Black and white darkroom prints express the full capability of film more than any other way you can see an image; it’s worth getting one of your images printed this way at some point. 

You can rent time in their high-end darkroom if you know how to develop your own film. As they are a silver lab, it’ll be black and white only. 

If this sounds like you, more information can be found at North Bay Silver Lab.

Map of the Best Place to Develop Film in the San Francisco Bay Area


Anywhere Else?

Film Photo of people on train in San Francisco
San Francisco, 2010 by Paul Stocker, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Shot on a Voigtlander Bessa on Kodak Portra Film

Do you know of anywhere else for film developing in San Francisco or anywhere else in the Bay Area? Let us know in the comments!



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