The Best Places to Develop Film in Richmond

Cover Photo: Untitled by Chloe Muro, ( CC BY-ND 2.0 ), Taken on a disposable camera


If you’re an analog photographer in Richmond, you’re going to be hard pressed to find many photo labs that still process film. 

While plenty of folks send their film to labs across the country, there’s some situations where you really just need a lab nearby that you can visit in person. 

While we’d certainly prefer having more options, we’re just pleased that there are still places to develop film without leaving Richmond. 

Check out the list below, including which types of film are accepted at each spot and a map of their locations. 



Film photo of a skateboarder in Richmond
Ty by Patrick Yagow, ( CC BY 2.0 )

Phototech

Location: 109 N 18th St # A, Richmond, VA 23223

If you’re looking for the best place to develop film in Richmond, your search is going to be extremely short. It’s Phototech. 

The only business in Richmond that develops film in-house, Phototech accepts 35mm, 120, and large format film in C-41 color or black and white. Generally, you can expect to get your photos back in two days. 

Founded in 1992, this is a pretty low-key, mom and pop type shop. They offer printing, scanning, photo restoration, and probably most other things you could ever need from a photo lab. 

If you’re a film photographer in Richmond, you’re going to want to check out Phototech.



Richmond Camera

Location: 3128 W Cary St, Richmond, VA 23221

Here, we mourn the loss of another photo lab discontinuing their film processing services. Richmond Camera has officially pulled the plug. 

You can bring your film to Richmond Camera, but they’ll send it to be developed elsewhere. And the wait time to get your photos back can be… less than ideal. 

On the plus side, it’s a perfectly fine camera shop that has all sorts of gear, a good selection of film, and other lab services like scanning and printing. 

If you’d like to find out more, you can visit Richmond Camera

Map of Where to Develop Film in Richmond


Other Options

When you don’t have a ton of options, you may consider going for the easiest route possible: dropping your film off at the drugstore. 

While we’re not here to tell you what you should and shouldn’t do, at least check out  our Guide to Developing Film at the Drugstore before you choose this option. 

Just for starters, some of the most popular drugstores don’t even offer film processing anymore. Costco, Sam’s Club, and Target have all discontinued the service company-wide. 

We’ve got the list of drugstores that still develop film, as well as the most important things to know before handing off your irreplaceable roll(s). Find it here.


Anywhere Else?

Film photo of the sunset over the water in Richmond
Lake with Trees at Sunset, Richmond by Chris Clogg, Taken on Fujifilm 200 film on a Canon Rebel 2000

Things are always changing, and maybe there’s somewhere else to develop film in Richmond that we don’t know about. If you have any leads, or want to share your experience at any of the labs above, drop us a comment!



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