A photolab that messes up negatives but has cool results or a photolab that prints great images but seems too normal.
Which would you choose?
I bought my Diana F+ Aviator to yield something my digital camera wouldn’t: spontaneous, weird results. As I am slowly learning the ups and downs of film photography i have reached a dilemma…
There are two photolabs relatively nearby to me in Irvine, California that both process 120 film
One of them, Photo Boutique, has some pros and cons:
-It’s closer to where I live
-The weekend volunteer seems easier to communicate with than the Pro Photo Connection people
-The digital scans have edge codes (which are sometimes desired)
-1 hour development
-Sometimes the mistakes end up looking pretty cool
-They have messed up 2 out of 3 of all the rolls I’ve had them develop (on one of the rolls only 6 of 12 images shot came out)
-Some photos have “Newton Rings” ( the weird rainbows near the lamp in this picture)
-Because the tape sometimes has shifted or broken during development the volunteer had to edit the colors and some photos came out under developed
-Prints come out on rectangular paper with white borders
The other photolab, Pro Photo Connection, has its pros and cons as well:
-Not only do they develop 120 film but they also carry lots of it and carry some Lomo cameras
-The prints come out on square paper which looks very nice
-The digital scans have edge codes (which are sometimes desired)
-They have a higher chance of NOT messing up
-It’s just a little farther than Photo Boutique
-They to seem a little harder to communicate with (not every photographer is a lomographer)
-The digital scans/prints do not have edge codes (which are sometimes desired)
-Development takes longer, especially in the holiday time
-The pictures and negatives came out TOO perfect
I have decided that I might start having my film developed at Pro Photo but get the negatives scanned at Photo Boutique for edge codes. If it is a set of pictures I wouldn’t mind taking the risk with, then I might go to Photo Boutique.
But now I want to hear from you: Which would you choose? and why?
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