There are a number of reasons why we use film cameras instead of our smartphones or fancy digital cameras. With film cameras, you will get a higher dynamic range feature, and it is easier to take “perfect” photos. With that said, you may be wondering where you could get the films developed to obtain hard copies of the pictures. You may also question, what’s the point of taking photos with these analog cameras if I can’t develop them? This article will be able to answer your questions. It will be informative with information such as the appropriate film for your needs and abilities, where to take it, and what it might cost.

Reasons to Use Film

While many people have turned to use their phones and digital cameras for the majority of their pictures, there can be several reasons to choose a film option instead. Some of which, you may not have considered. Some common reasons are:

 

  • Seeking photos with a more vintage look. Some people prefer the overall look of film photos to those created through digital means.
  • Those who don’t want to risk having their digital camera stolen, lost or broken may choose to send film-using disposable cameras with their children when they go on field trips, vacations, or for daily usage, which will be a great option for an inexpensive choice to teach them how to take care of a device.
  • On a similar note, those who worry about having their device broken or stolen might choose to make a disposable film camera on vacation or use them for other purposes.
  • Some find the film to be easier to use and aren’t fond of the idea of learning the ins and outs of a digital camera.

Where Can You Go?

Although it’s not as common, there are several different ways to get the films developed. Many people still choose to get their films developed; so, you will still be able to find film-developing services in most stores with a photo center. It may not be the same service or as common as it was a few years ago; however, because it is still a desired method of cherishing photos, photo centers still offer these services. We have listed a few different options that are commonly available today to have your films developed.

Doing It at Home

The most convenient option available is learning how to develop your own films at home. This may not be the answer for everyone, but for those keen on becoming a professional photographer or have an interest in making it a hobby, it can be a great option. All you need is a dark space, the proper equipments, and training on how to develop the films. There are a few ways you can learn to develop film online or even in your local area. Some people may be able to teach themselves through a few how-to videos on Youtube or you can look for specific classes. Do some simple research and you’ll get pointed in the right direction!

Camera Stores

Stores that specifically focus on cameras and its equipments can be one of the best options when you’re looking to get your films developed. Because these stores are designed to provide a wide range of cameras, it’s very likely that they’ll have quality film-developing services. It may be worth checking with a few local camera stores to ensure they offer the services you need at an affordable cost to your standard. Associates of these stores are also going to be more likely to be able to answer any other camera related questions or concerns you may have, as well as point you to other pieces of equipment that may be useful in photography.

Stores

Film-developing services used to be in most stores, but these days many of the larger stores have pulled out, only offering printing abilities from MicroSD cards and other similar devices. However, you may still be able to get your film developed at stores like CVS and Walgreens. However, this isn’t guaranteed at all locations. Because of that, it’s a good idea to check with your local drugstores and make sure they have the service available before expecting to be able to head in there to get your pictures printed out.

Mailing It In

Another available option is using a mail-in service to have your films developed. There are multiple services out there that can help you, and some even offer free shipping to make the process even more accessible. This is a great way to go about getting your film developed, as you won’t have to wait in a store while it processes, and you get to handle it all right from home. With that said, these options may take a little longer, and you may want to opt for a shipping option with a tracking number, just in case. Many of us are concerned about mailing off our memories, but rest assure, these services are usually very reliable.

What About the Cost?

Depending on the option you choose, the prices of getting your film developed can vary. The chemicals used in the developing process at home can sometimes be more expensive than paying it to have it done. In stores and online, you may find prices anywhere from $5 to $11, which isn’t too bad. Keep in mind that this can depend on the film you’re using. If it’s a less common format like 220 or 120, then you may expect to pay a little more, but the prices for the standard 35mm films are still pretty affordable.

Conclusion

Going back to a good old 35mm film camera can seem daunting, especially if you don’t know where or how many films developing services are available today. It can be helpful to know that there are still plenty of methods out there for ensuring your film gets developed. For this reason, we encourage you to use a film camera, and we think it is still a perfectly viable option for those who prefer it. We hope that you enjoy taking photos and share the developed photos with us and your stories!

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