Meet the LomoLab! Finally, a place that can handle each and every Lomographer's special film processing needs! The LomoLab offers the highest quality, easiest and most convenient way to get all of your precious analogue shots developed and printed!
The Future is Analogue! At Lomography we wanna make sure everyone can afford to shoot analogue- so, not only are we making affordable cameras, an awesome variety of films, and some stylin' accessories- we are now taking it up a notch and are proud to present our very own film developing service. Our LomoLab is ready for you! Whether you shoot 120 or 35mm format, color negative , black and white or redscale, we can develop, cross-process, print special formats, we got it covered! Sprocket holes have you arguing with your local printer? Panoramic scans impossible to get? With Lomolab, there's no need to worry, we can take care of all these unique formats for you!
We know what your analogue needs are, we are all Lomographers too! Make the LomoLab your ultimate go-to place for film processing. Why? Cause we know film the best! Think of all the love, care and attention we put into the cameras you've come to love; give your film the same special care!
- By Lomographers for Lomographers, we want your images to look great so we supervise and develop the film ourselves!
- Panoramic shots, sprocket holes, special Lomography formats, no problem! We develop, scan and print it all!
- It's as easy as 1, 2, 3! Buy a mailer from the shop, once you get it in the mail, toss your film, and then send it back to us! We take it from there; all you have to do is sit back and wait for the magic to happen!
- We've even set up a special Lomography page where you can access and download your photos for 60 days. Best part is, you can also share with the community by uploading to your LomoHome in just one click!
For now, you can you use our service via mail order, and if you are in New York City, both our Gallery Stores offer film processing. Don’t worry; we’re working hard so that soon you’ll be able to fulfill your development needs at any of our Gallery Store Locations!
So, plenty of blah blah blah, but what do we offer? Film processing for 35mm and 120 film in the following formats:
- Regular 35mm: 4x6; 4x4 for Diana Mini and Diana square format with sprockets (Diana F+ with Diana 35mm Back+)
- Regular 120: 5x5
- Horizon: 4x10
- Development with Sprockets: 4x inch format of camera (eg Diana 35mm Back, Sprocket Rocket, Lubitel 166+)
- Spinner 360°: sizes may vary but the largest that we can print is 4x10
- Black & White
- C41 processing (for color negative and cross-processing slide film)
- Develop, scan, and print (photos printed on high quality paper plus a link to a private LomoLab page where you can download high resolution images or move them directly into your LomoHome)
- You’ll get your standard 35mm and 120 Lomographs in beautifully designed packages (but all panoramic and Spinner 360° prints will be sent in special packaging, we wanna make sure they don’t get ruined).
Check out the options we have for you when you visit the Gallery Stores:
- Just get your film developed
- Get your film developed and scanned (photos will be delivered via a link to a private LomoLab page where you can download high resolution images or move them directly into your LomoHome)
- Deluxe edition: get your film developed, scanned, and printed (photos printed on high quality paper and a link to a private LomoLab page where you can download high resolution images or move them directly into your LomoHome) Plus, you’ll get your Lomographs in beautifully designed packages!
- Coming soon: The option to have your photos transferred to a CD, if you’re not really into having them in our private LomoLab website.
- Choose what service you want (film format, processing method and service; choose from the options above).
- Head to the Lomography online shop and buy the film mailer for that service.
- Wait for your mailer, we’ll send it to you at the speed of light!
- Once you get the mailer, drop your films in the envelope and mail it back to us! We’ll take care of the processing and send your precious photos back to you.
- Before your prints make it back to you, you’ll get a link where you can download your images for 60 days. Or, with one click, you can share your Lomographs with the community by moving them to your LomoHome account!
Disclaimer: Lomography is not responsible for delays and other issues pertaining to standard postal service delivery. Although it is extremely rare that there will be postal issues, Lomography cannot accept responsibility for lost or damaged film or orders.
Need a little refresher course on film? In short, here’s what happens each time you press the shutter button:
1) The film in the camera, which has photosensitive material, uses the light that passes through the camera’s shutter to record information.
2) During the developing process, photosensitive emulsion occurs on the film's surface and exposes the recorded image that is on the film.
In other words, film needs light to create a photograph.
There are three main types of film: 120 (medium format), 35mm, and instant film. Instant film develops immediately and needs no extra development (aside from time!).
35mm film is the most common type of film since it can be easily processed in most film labs. There are many different types of 35mm film – color negative, color positive (also referred to as slide), black & white, infrared, and redscale film. You can use this film in tons of cameras, we recommend the Lomo LC-A+, Diana Mini, Sprocket Rocket, and Spinner 360°. Film information (such as the brand and type) is usually noted in the film’s sprocket holes.
color negative is processed in C-41 chemicals, while slide film uses E-6. To achieve color shifts and deep saturation, choose to have your slides cross-processed. Redscale film is developed normally as color negative film.
After shooting, make sure to keep the camera door closed when you’re rewinding the film to prevent exposure!
No sprocket holes or film canister; 120 film is wrapped around a spool and covered in protective paper; it produces square images. Film information is shown on the shielding paper. Cameras that use 120 film are called medium-format cameras, our favourites are the Diana F+, Holga, and Lomo Lubitel 166+.
Because 120 films are not commonly distributed in film shops, not all film labs offer processing and printing for this format.
Lomographers have been practicing the “cross-processing” method over the years using slide film. We love this technique because it can bring out the vignettes more prominently, and yield a totally unique, surreal appeal to our images.
Slide films typically use E-6 chemicals for normal processing and give you vivid colors and fine grain. But if you’re feeling experimental, try cross-processing to achieve a more extreme effect. This is done when slide film is developed in C-41 chemicals, which is used in processing color negative film. The results will surprise you – deep saturation, contrast and wild color shifts! Explore various color and saturation effects by testing different slide films.