Place to development and get prints
One of the dilemma's i am having shooting film is that I am shooting roll and roll, for weeks on end, and not seeing any results. I am new enough to film (6 months) that I haven't learned how to develop or any darkroom practices, nor is their a darkroom anywhere near me at the moment. That said, I record every shot i take meticulously, and generally know how i want each roll developed. For the first 5 rolls of film I shot, I took them to central camera in chicago (i no longer live in chicago), and by the end of the process, it cost me $85 to get everything developed and printed. I cannot afford to do that every week, nor do i want everything printed.
So 1) I need recommendations on where i can get send the film to be developed and 2) should i get contact prints?
Again I'm quite new to the game, but contact prints on a 35mm are gonna be quite challenging to see correct? I have considered getting a scanner for the time being and using Lightroom, at least i can see what is going on.
Any advice would be great.
RE: Place to development and get prints
+1 on both darkroom.com and developing yourself. I now develop and scan at home with a dedicated film scanner. Developing is super easy. There are several good videos on YouTube that show the whole process. I started with Eco-PRO (XTOL) but have used Rodinal (some clone actually, got it from Freestyle.) Rodinal is a little easier to work with because you only mix what you need. I like the look of ECO-PRO better, but that is part of the fun of developing yourself. I too was concerned about the economics, but after developing my first roll I didn't care! The fact that I could shoot a roll and see the results in the same day made me not care about the initial equipment purchase.
I am currently suffering from DAS (developer acquisition syndrome). I now have DD-X and Pyrocat HD and am considering mixing some Obsidian Aqua. I now have far more developer than I have actual time to shoot and develop! Day job you know.
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