191 Lynch Creek Way, Suite 102B
Petaluma, CA. 94954
Color C-41 and B&W Film Processing by Mail
Mail your C-41 color negative and black and white negative film to us to be developed and scanned in. We handle all film development, scanning, and printing in house in our darkroom and do not send film out to be handled by a third party.
We also scan already processed film negatives as well as make reflective scans of prints. From there, you can order prints via our print service.
Just fill out the form below, pay for the service you’d like, then send your materials in!
Step 1 – Start Your Order Online
If you prefer to do it the old fashioned way or want advanced control over the process, you can also download our order form here, print it out and send it in with your film.
Step 2 – Pay Online
Select the type of service and number of rolls below.
|Development Service Type|
Back To School Development Special
Limited Time Offer! Send in 2 rolls of C-41 or BW for develop only service, get $5 dollars off. Develop only, no scans, 35mm or 120 format, must be multiples of 2 rolls. Includes free return of developed film.
Back to School Straight Scan Special
Limited Time Offer! Send in 2 rolls of C-41 or BW for develop and straight scan service, get $5 dollars off. Develop and straight scan only, 35mm or 120 format, must be multiples of 2 rolls. Includes free return of developed film.
Standard Film Develop Only
C-41 and B&W Film developing only. 35mm, 120 roll, 4x5 sheet, 8x10 sheet supported. Free film return by mail.
Standard Film Develop and Straight Scan
C-41 and B&W Film develop and straight scan with no post processing. 35mm, 120 roll supported. Free film return by mail.
Standard Film Develop and Basic Scan
C-41 and B&W Film develop and basic scan. Includes exposure and/or color corrections, and basic spotting for dust at 1:2 enlargement level. 35mm, 120 roll supported. Free film return by mail.
Standard Film Develop and Premium Scan
C-41 and B&W Film develop and premium scan. Includes everything in basic scan plus spotting for dust at 2:1 enlargement level. 35mm, 120 roll supported. Free film return by mail.
Scan C-41 or B&W Film Negative Frame
35mm or 120 roll film, pricing is per frame. Minimum order is $10, includes free return of your negatives. Includes basic density/color correction and dust spot removal. Does not include repairing scratches, or other image repair/retouching.
Reflective Scan of Print
Scan of reflective print, 8.5×11 maximum size (larger sizes please see Copy Work services), pricing is per image, minimum order of $10, includes free return of your materials. Service includes basic density/color correction and dust removal. Does not include scratch repair or other image retouching.
Step 3 – Mail Your Materials to Us
If you used the online form above, just drop your film/negatives/prints into a padded mailer and mail it to:
Simple Photography Services
ATTN: Film Developing
1390 N. McDowell Blvd. Ste. G, PMB274
Petaluma, CA. 94954
Please make sure the return address on your mailer matches the address that you submitted so that we can match them up. Please do not send film to the address at the top of this page as that address does not have mail service.
For film development, if you didn’t use the online form or want custom film development, then download our order form here, print it out and send it in with your film. If you already paid online, just indicate so on the order form.
Step 4 – Order Prints
Once you get your scans, you can order prints! We’ll send your prints back with your materials. Since we already have your scans, it’s not necessary to upload anything unless you’ve made changes, just select the number and type of prints you want and pay. Then just respond to our scan download email that we send you and let us know which image files you’d like to have printed.
All roll films are scanned at the same resolution. Our film scanner has a 6000×4000 pixel native sensor, so all film is digitized and delivered to you at that source resolution.
We deliver Adobe DNG files of your scanned roll film. Imagine that! A digital negative of your film negative. If you’re an Adobe Lightroom user, just add the scanned DNG files directly into your catalog and have the full power of Lightroom’s Develop Module at your fingertips to do as much or as little post processing as you desire. For a hybrid workflow, it’s the best of both worlds. If you don’t use Lightroom and none of your software supports reading Adobe DNG files, we can also provide your scans as TIFF files, or optionally, jpeg files.
The Adobe DNG files contain a positive image of your negative film in 32 bit floating point scene referred linear light space. Basically, the highest supported sample precision you can get. Your software will need to support at least the DNG 1.4 spec. Most recent versions of Lightroom do so with no issues.
We linearize the film’s characteristic curve via a variety of well known contrast indexes and can scan film in and get it linearized over a pretty wide range of emulsion contrast levels. The software tool that we use to do this linearization/color space transformation is called Simple Image Tools and is custom developed specifically for scanning in film. Most images run through this tool are tagged with the tag “simple_image_tools” so you can search most image sharing sites for that tag to see output from the tool. It’s really good and I’m constantly working to improve it, as I use it for all of my own images. See images on Flickr that were generated with this tool.
At some point, I may release this tool for usage by others, however, since it’s currently actively being revised and improved upon, for now, the only way to get scanned images with this tool, is via Simple Film Lab. The upside to this workflow is that it actually doesn’t matter what scanner you use as long as you can get raw untouched sample data from the scanner. All images are conformed from the raw scanner sample data to the ProPhoto color space that is native to the Adobe Digital Negative specification via a generated profile for that film/scanner combination.
The scan types are categorized and priced based on how much post processing work you want to do to your scans vs. how much post processing work you’d prefer to pay Simple Film Lab to do to your scans. At it’s most basic, after the film is developed and the initial Adobe DNG is created from the raw scanner samples, your film isn’t actually any different than an image you shot on a digital camera and imported the raw file into Lightroom as a DNG, so from that point forward, it’s all time spent in Lightroom’s Develop Module. We all know time is money, so if you’d rather save yourself some money, go for the basics, otherwise, pick a more premium option.
This is exactly what it sounds like, and is the least expensive option. We develop the film, scan it in as a linearized Adobe DNG and send it to you with no further corrections. It will be up to you to spot the film for dust, adjust the exposure, rotate the image if needed, and do any other post processing tasks. You receive the full scanner resolution 32-bit floating point linearized DNG files of your film with all of Adobe Lightroom’s post processing power at your fingertips. This option is great for budget minded shooters that prefer to do their own post processing.
The basic scan is a step up from the straight scan and has more benefit. You get the straight scan, plus, we look at each frame at LRs 1:2 enlargement level and spot it for the most obviously visible dust/fibers. We also if needed, do a basic exposure correction, contrast correction, image rotation, and if color film, white balance correction. This option is great for the shooters that shoot more film and need to receive reasonably clean and well exposed images that they can select images from to make prints or selectively tweak a handful of images for further processing.
The premium scan is a step up from the basic scan. You get everything in the basic scan, plus, we look at each frame at a 2:1 enlargement level and spot all the visible dust/fibers. Additionally, the premium scan is where you can request any other post processing tasks (within reason) you would like us to do before delivering your scanned images to you. The premium scan is well suited for the shooter that needs to receive finished images that they can do a basic review of and either print or send on the their clients with little to no post processing done on their part.
Straight and basic scans are delivered via a link to download the files to the email address supplied on the order form. With the premium scan option, you can request files be sent via Dropbox or WeTransfer if you want them that way.
After scanning, your developed film is cut and sleeved in printfile film sleeves then returned to you via the shipping options below. We use stiff cardboard photo mailing sleeves for delivery.
You’ll need to pay for postage to mail your film to us, however, return delivery of your sleeved film via USPS is built into the development/scan fees.
Turn Around Time
This can vary a lot depending on how busy we are, however, normal times are 5 business days from the time we confirm receipt of your film for delivery of your scans.
Limit of Liability
Even though we take every precaution and treat your film as if it is our film, Simple Photography Services (and Simple Film Lab) is not legally liable for anything that happens to your film while it is in our possession. Yes, we recognize that this sucks, however this policy is standard business practice. However, with that being said, we are customer service oriented, so even though accidents can happen because nobody is perfect, we’ll do what we can to make things right if that ever happens. Hopefully it never does.