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.
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.