If you’ve ever wondered about the journey your film goes through once you take it to the lab, you’re in for a treat! PetaPixel shares with us some behind the scenes photos showing how 35mm film is developed and printed in local labs! Read on and feed your curiosity!
In the past, we shared with you some cool stuff showing how analogue photography goodies are made, like medium format films, large format cameras, tintype photographs, and Leica lenses. Now, we have another interesting behind the scenes story about something we’re all very familiar with: 35mm film.
With the help of Fremantle Camera House and its lab technician, PetaPixel recently took readers — film photography enthusiasts or otherwise — on a virtual field trip to show what happens when a film roll is taken to a lab for processing and printing. The trip aptly began with the discovery (or rediscovery) of an old camera most likely from a garage sale or some quirky camera store, loading it with a 35mm film, and shooting up to the last frame. Then, off it went to a local film lab, and the magic begins.
We think it’s best to let PetaPixel tell you the blow-by-blow account, but we’d like to give you a summary of what you can expect to read from the virtual field trip:
1. Retrieving the film leader/film tongue using a film picker
2. Attaching the film to a transparent leader card after cutting off the film leader
3. Making sure that one customer’s film aren’t mixed with another’s through a unique serial number attached on the order slip and the corresponding film
4. Feeding the film (still attached to the leader card) through the processing machine
5. Performing a control strip test to ensure that color levels and the chemistry of the developing machine are correct, and calibrate if necessary
6. Processing machine processes the film, running it through a series of processing tanks (baths); the tour shows processing for C41 films
7. The lab technician cuts the film off the leader card and hangs them on a stand
8. Hi-res scanning of the developed film and adjustments by a skilled lab technician (with a trained eye for correcting and printing from negatives) to ensure that color is correct
9. Burning into a CD (if you asked for it or if your lab offers it), printing of the index print and the photos too, if you specified getting prints as well.
Go ahead and check out the original PetaPixel post for the full story and more photos!
All information and photos for this article were sourced from PetaPixel.