Film Processing

Color E-6, C-41, and B&W Film Processing by Mail

Mail your E-6 slides, C-41 color negatives, and black and white negative film to us to be developed and scanned. 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.

Step 1 – Start Your Order Online

Please select the service tab you want below.

Develop Only

Film Process/Develop Only

$12.00 Pay Now (Checkout via Square Online Checkout)

Film Processes Supported
  • Black and White
  • C-41 Color Print Film
  • E-6 Color Reversal Slide Film
Film Formats Supported
  • 35mm (135 Format)
  • 120 Roll Film
  • Large Format Sheet Film (up to 8×10 inches)
Scans & Post Processing Performed
  • Process/Develop Only
  • No Scans, no post processing
Other Options
  • Free film sleeving and return by USPS mail.

Straight Scan

Film Process/Develop and Straight Scan

$17.00 Pay Now (Checkout via Square Online Checkout)

Film Processes Supported
  • Black and White
  • C-41 Color Print Film
  • E-6 Color Reversal Slide Film
Film Formats Supported
  • 35mm (135 Format)
  • 120 Roll Film
Scans & Post Processing Performed
  • 6900×4600 pixels scan resolution (maximum, frame aspect ratio affects this)
  • No post additional post processing performed beyond getting a positive black and white or color image.
Other Options
  • Free film sleeving and return by USPS mail.

Basic Scan

Film Process/Develop and Basic Scan

$25.00 Pay Now (Checkout via Square Online Checkout)

Film Processes Supported
  • Black and White
  • C-41 Color Print Film
  • E-6 Color Reversal Slide Film
Film Formats Supported
  • 35mm (135 Format)
  • 120 Roll Film
Scans & Post Processing Performed
  • 6900×4600 pixels scan resolution (maximum, frame aspect ratio affects this)
  • Basic Exposure/Density Correction
  • Basic White Balance Correction (for color)
  • Basic spotting out of most obvious dust and scratches
Other Options
  • Free film sleeving and return by USPS mail.

Premium Scan

Film Process/Develop and Premium Scan

$35.00 Pay Now (Checkout via Square Online Checkout)

Film Processes Supported
  • Black and White
  • C-41 Color Print Film
  • E-6 Color Reversal Slide Film
Film Formats Supported
  • 35mm (135 Format)
  • 120 Roll Film
Scans & Post Processing Performed
  • 6900×4600 pixels scan resolution (maximum, frame aspect ratio affects this)
  • Basic Exposure/Density Correction
  • Basic White Balance Correction (for color)
  • Premium spotting out of visible dust and scratches at 1:1 Zoom Level
Other Options
  • Free film sleeving and return by USPS mail.

Download Form

Prefer to Download the Order Form Instead?

If you have sheet film, or prefer to do it the old fashioned way or want more advanced control over the process, you can also download our order form here, print it out and send it in with your film, or contact us if you have any questions.

Step 2 – Mail Your Film to Us

If you paid online above, just drop your film into a padded mailer and mail it to our secure private mailbox:

Simple Photography Services
ATTN: Film Developing
1390 N. McDowell Blvd. Ste. G, PMB274
Petaluma, CA. 94954

If you didn’t pay online, or have sheet film to be processed, 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. You can pay via credit/debit card, PayPal, or Square Invoice via the downloadable order form.

Step 3 – Have Any Questions?

No Problem. Just Contact Us.

Technical Information

Please check the list of film tech pages here for exposure guidance and technical information about each film that we’ve reviewed. If you have questions, just ask.

Film Scan Technical Information

File Format

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 16 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 and digitizing 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. You can also check out the film tech sheets section, as I make sample DNG files available for most of the films listed there.

Scan Delivery

Straight and basic scans are delivered via a link to download the files to the email address for your account.

Film Delivery

After scanning, your developed film is cut and sleeved in printfile film sleeves then returned to you via USPS. We use stiff cardboard photo mailing sleeves for delivery, or a flat box for large processing orders.

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 for most orders. If you send in a large number of rolls at one time, it may take longer.

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. 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.

Processing Old/Out of Date Film

We do accept old and out of date film to develop and scan (except Kodachrome) as long as we can handle the film format, however, no promises or guarantee can be made as to how the film will come out because old and out of date film tends to have color casts and such happen due to age and storage/keeping conditions before processing. We’ll make reasonable efforts to deliver usable images, however, depending on the age of the film and the deterioration of the color, we may not be able to do much to make it look normal.