Film Photography 101: The Foundations of Film | Jeremy Chou
SELECTING THE RIGHT FILM LAB
After selecting which film stock and camera you want to shoot with, the big question is what the heck do you do with the film rolls? Of course, you always have the option to build your own darkroom and develop your own film rolls. However, there is a very steep learning curve to doing that, not to mention a good amount of space will have to be dedicated to make this work. My preferred way is to send it to a reputable film lab. While there are many professional photo labs out there, my preference is Richard Photo Lab in Los Angeles. After sending the film rolls, you generally will have to make a choice on which film scanner to use. Just like film stocks, each film scanner will have its own inherent color profile as well. However, a great film lab will still be able to modify the colors to your liking. The two most popular film scanners are Frontier and Noritsu. Frontier tends to be favored by photographers who like a more rich, contrasty look, while Noritsu scanners are preferred by those who prefer the more light and airy look. However, as I’ve stated previously in regards to film stock, the photographer will want to test different combinations of film stocks and scanners to get the perfect winning combination.
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