Where to Develop Film in Seattle in 2023.
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The Pacific Northwest’s breathtaking landscape attracts plenty of analog photographers. But for such a large, vibrant city, you may be surprised how few places there are to develop film in Seattle.
That said, you should have no problem finding a photo lab that fits your needs, especially if you’re willing to consider spots all across the city.
We’ve gathered a list of places that still develop disposable cameras and film, including which services are offered by each lab and a map of where to find them.
Where to Develop Film in Seattle
If you’re looking to stay within central Seattle to get your film developed, you have limited choices. Depending on what type of photographer you are (and what type of film you like to shoot), it should be easy to choose which lab is best for you.
As local legend would have it, a decade after the oldest Seattle photo lab opened, a few of its employees decided they wanted to start a lab of their own.
Located so close to the Space Needle that you could hit it with a rock, it’s hard to get more centrally located than Panda Lab.
Most film formats are accepted; 35mm, 120, and sheet film are all processed, whether C-41 color, black and white, or E-6 slide film. Black and white is traditionally processed by hand.
Additional offerings are pretty limited, as traditional photography is really the name of the game. RC and Fiber prints can be purchased, as well as Giclee prints and standard digital printing services.
Notably, if you’re South of Fremont, Panda Lab is the only place available to develop color and slide film.
PHOTOGRAPHIC CENTER NORTHWEST
Only certain photographers are going to be interested in checking out PCNW: they don’t offer film processing, but they do have a fantastic black and white darkroom that anyone can rent, if they want to develop and/or print their own B&W film.
You’ll need to know how to develop film, and the lab is only equipped to process black and white film.
If you’d like to know how to do things yourself but aren’t quite there yet, you can find classes to learn everything you need to know.
The main focus of Photographic Center Northwest is expanding photographic education to those interested. Aside from the darkroom classes, you can find everything from weekend workshops all the way to a year-long certificate program.
One noteworthy benefit of this darkroom is that it’s open to the public and doesn’t require a membership, which is a deterrent at a lot of other similar community darkrooms.
Members and students get a significant discount on services, though.
POUND ARTS – THE PHOTOCLOSET
Similar to PCNW, The Photocloset at Pound Arts is another community-driven arts organization that includes a black and white darkroom as one of their offerings.
Once again, this is only a valid option for black and white shooters interested in spending some quality time of their own in the darkroom.
Monthly membership is required and that includes developing chemistry, storage space, and use of all of the equipment in their darkroom and digital workstation.
Where to Develop Film in North Seattle
If you find yourself in North Seattle, you’ve got a few great options for developing your film, all without having to wait in traffic on the bridge.
SHOT ON FILM STORE
True to the name, Shot on Film Store is a photography shop and photo lab that is all about analog. While newer to the game than some of their competitors, you can tell that a true passion for film photography motivates everything they do at this spot.
Most photographers can drop off at Shot on Film, as they develop C-41 color, black and white, and E-6 film, whether it is 35mm or medium format.
This is your spot if you shoot odd/outdated film formats; Advantix, 126/127, and 110 film can all be processed.
Black and white film is processed by hand and is tailored to your specific developing requests, for ultimate control over your images.
A thorough selection of fresh film as well as a constantly changing inventory of used gear make this a destination for any film photographers in Seattle.
BALLARD FILM & FOTO
Ballard Film & Foto is one of the newest places to develop film in Seattle.
This Ballard lab has a thorough list of film services. 35mm and 120 medium format can be both be developed in-store. They accept C-41 color, black and white, E-6 slide film, and even ECN-2.
Rush service can be arranged for an extra fee and they also have plenty of fresh film for sale.
The longest running photo lab in the city of Seattle, Moonphoto has a well-earned reputation for being extremely knowledgeable about all things film photography.
You’ll have no problem developing 35mm and 120 film, whether it is C-41 color, black and white, or E-6 slide film. APS can also be processed if you ever have the need.
Everything at Moonphoto is done carefully, with analog photography in mind – other services include high resolution film scanning, photo prints (both digital, as well as fine art Gilcee prints), and hand retouching/restoration.
Opened in the same year as Moonphoto (1974), Kenmore Camera is another long standing haven for photographers in the Seattle area.
While Kenmore is more of a photo superstore, they haven’t totally left film shooters hanging. C-41 color film can be developed if it is 35mm, 120, or APS.
Expect to find any photo or video related accessory you could ever dream of, as well as a used section (including film cameras and vintage lenses) where you can buy, or trade in your used gear.
Basic printing services are offered, as well as occasional events, classes, and workshops.
Where to Develop Film on the Eastside
If you’re located on the Eastside and would rather not spend an hour or two sitting in your car, there is one spot to get your film developed without crossing Lake Washington.
Opened over 80 years ago and holding the title as the only photo lab on the Eastside, Omega Photo is going to be the closest place to develop film for anyone in Kirkland, Redmond, or Bellevue.
Film processing services aren’t the most inclusive, but should still fit most people’s needs. 35mm and 120 film are both developed in color, as well as black and white.
You can expect to find other standard photo lab offerings: printing, restoration, custom photo books, etc.
Map of Where to Develop Film in Seattle
Do you anywhere else to develop film in Seattle? Any experience with any of these labs? Let us know in the comments.
Even newer to the game is Ballard Film & Foto – It’s a one hour photo lab in Ballard
2226 NW 56th Street Suite 203 – Parking by the door, easy drop off and pickup, plus tons of film to choose from.
Thanks, Bill. Added it to the list.