Dang Shipping Is Expensive – Film Photography Can Be As Well :(

I stopped by UPS yesterday to drop off a roll of film in the mail. I am sending a “test roll” of film to a film lab out in California. I am sure I could send the film via the Postal Service, it would be cheaper, however, I want to try out the system I would use if I start to shoot more film. For a wedding or portrait session would I send film via the post office? I don’t think so.

To send one roll of film cost me almost $11. The roll of film itself cost about $3. The processing and prints will set me back about $28. That is about $42 for one roll of film. Will it be worth it? That is the big question. If the photographs look amazing – then I might consider using this particular service.

Here is a photograph for comparison. This is a portrait I created of my friend Samantha. This was part of a boudoir photo shoot. This was created with one of my film cameras and the film was processed locally for about $3.50. I scanned the film myself and then color corrected the film in Photoshop and removed dust and scratches. In all it cost about $6.50 for the film and processing – and then the amount of time I spend editing the photograph in Photoshop.

Samantha was photographed with one of my film cameras

Samantha was photographed with one of my film cameras

So check back later to learn about the results. I am excited and curious for the results. It could be one step closer to being a true hybrid photographer – shooting both film and digital. Ultimately it is one more step to becoming an artist who creates cool and amazing art no matter the medium.

dav.d

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