New large file option for Simple Scans!


We are happy to introduce a minor change to our order form and services, with the option to upgrade your scan size! As you may know we designed the scan options around simplicity, and avoided the nickel and dime practice of charging for file size alone.  However, if you're a Simple Scan customer you may still want a bigger file, but not want to outsource your editing. Now you can just check the "Biggah Scans" box. When you do that, we will scan your rolls at the resolution generally reserved for Pro Scans.  Going up in resolution on the Fuji Frontier does more than just increase pixel count, you get a cleaner image generally.  35mm benefits the most from this resolution, and you'll really see that format bridge the gap between it and 645. You will have to pay an additional $3 dollars per roll for this service, but that's still much cheaper than Pro Scans themselves. If you want this option for some, but not all rolls on an order, just make a note of that on the order form.

On Display: Plus Ultra - Further Beyond by Micheal Gilroy


During the last few weeks of 2017, Michael Gilroy (Gil) of Frontier approached me with 75 slides and negatives from his travels, which took place in the late 1980s and early 90s.  He wished to do an exhibition of his work, with many prints ranging in sizes near 20x30 and 40x50.  Knowing that the scans were intended for large scale print, we used our Fine Art scanners to create 5000ppi files from the vast majority of slides and B&W negatives.  For the color negative film, we simply used our Fuji SP-3000 at it's Pro Scan resolution.  The results? Large, beautiful prints, without a hint of pixelation! 

Slides and B&W film from the days of the Soviet Union.

Slides and B&W film from the days of the Soviet Union.

The 35mm slides were a mix of Ektachrome and Kodachrome.  They were a real treat to examine on the light table.  Kodachrome is legendary for its unique color palette and long term stability.  However, even the Ektachromes showed little, if any, signs of deterioration.  I employed techniques such as multi-exposure and multi-sampling to get the best possible file possible, which enabled a surprising amount of shadow recovery with low noise.  The resulting images showed a remarkable level of detail for a 35mm frame, with the same vivid colors you see through the loupe, with much less grain than you might expect.  

A wall of Kodachrome scans from Antarctica.

A wall of Kodachrome scans from Antarctica.

For the color negative film, I decided that the Fuji SP-3000 was the right choice.  While it's true that our Fine Art Scanners create a file that, on paper, would seem to be far superior, I know from experience that the Fuji scanner tends to interpret color in an immediately more pleasing and accurate way. The SP-3000 yields a file that is just over 19 megapixels and from my testing these enlarge very well.  The print on the wall showed rich color, fine detail, and in fact the grain pattern looked extremely close to what you see organically when the film is enlarged in the darkroom.  These files are no different from those we deliver every day to our Pro Scan clients.  It's great to know how far you can push the files.

Color negative film scanned with the Fuji SP-3000.  There was incredible detail in the wood on this one.

Color negative film scanned with the Fuji SP-3000.  There was incredible detail in the wood on this one.

As for Frontier itself, it's a fantastic space in Brunswick, Maine.  They have a theater for film screenings, a coffee shop and a restaurant.  We sat down for lunch and the meal was delicious! If you're in Maine, I highly recommend you stop by and see the show. They also have a good selection of drinks and craft beer. I got to have my personal favorite Maine beer, "Lunch" IPA by Maine Beer Co.  Yum!

My better half in the coffee shop while we wait for our table.

My better half in the coffee shop while we wait for our table.

That's me! the maroon shirt, not with the bread.  

That's me! the maroon shirt, not with the bread.  

It was a real pleasure to help Gil make this show possible. These images are very illustrative of the reason why I love film so much.  After all those years in an archive they were ready to be scanned and printed with the latest technologies.  What's more, pigment prints have far greater stability than most traditional printing materials. What will your Lightroom gallery of .NEFs look like 30 years from now? If you can make a beautiful large format print from 30 year old slide film, imagine what you can do with the very latest emulsions like Ektar 100?  

Also, shouts to Zero Station for making the prints.

Go check it out!  And Make Real Pictures.


Happy New Year!


Hey folks!

2018 will be the 2nd operating year of this new little lab, and we have some great plans and services to introduce over the course of the year.  We're working on solutions for higher-resolution scans straight from the Fuji Frontier, custom printing, and more.  

The outpouring of support from clients and interested photographers has been amazing!  Obviously we couldn't do this without your support, and we hope to hit our lab capacity this year to ensure that Northeast Photographic is a sustainable business for the duration.  After that, we can expand, and double our capacity, adding more services along the way such as 8x10 processing and large format printing. (We really want to get a drum scanner AND an Imacon 848).

Giving back to our clients is a big part of Northeast Photographic's modus operandi.  If you can afford to shoot more film, you're keeping the art alive and hopefully trusting us to process it for you.  With that in mind, I'm happy to announce that all clients who've achieved Pro Scan discount tiers will have their current level carried forward into 2018! Even if you haven't yet reached tier 1 of the loyalty program, the rolls you shot in 2017 will be counted toward this year.  Normally the program will reset every year, but as a way to say thanks, and to account for the fact that we weren't yet open for half of 2017, we're giving you a break.  Maybe you'll factor more film into your shooting budget this year, or maybe you'll have more for your wine & beer budget.

And now for some housekeeping updates and adjustments.

  • Some clients have recently requested TIFFs, so we added this option with a small data transfer related fee.  You can request them in the notes section of the order form.
  • Due to low volume, E6 will now be run once a month in batches.  If volume increases (which may happen when Ektachrome is re-introduced), we will increase our processing schedule. 
  • With the wedding season still many weeks away, our turn around time remains very fast.  2-3 days for most orders.
  • We had more than a few custom print orders, and hope to continue providing high quality printing to those who inquire.  Request a quote in our contact section.  Expect a formal ordering procedure later in 2018.

Two non-holiday lab closures to announce:  Jan 9th - Jan 16th & April 28th - May 5th.  During the closures the lab will still be accepting all deliveries, but they won't be invoiced until we re-open.  Thanks in advance for accommodating the small delay in processing during those breaks.  

Again, if you're an NP client you have our thanks, and if you're curious please, drop a line!  Remember new Pro Scan clients still get 50% off the first order, there is a 25% off kickback for referrals, and on top of that our prices are the best in the business.  

Happy New Year!

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Do's and Don't of Mailing in your Film

For many of us, having to mail your film is a new and risky-seeming experience.  But there are a few ways to minimize your worries by following these best practices.

  • Do trust the postal service.  Lost packages are exceedingly rare, and our package acceptance system is completely risk free!  
  • Don't use a shipping service that can't be tracked.  
  • Do take advantage of USPS flat rate boxes.  
  • Don't pack your film in a bag, envelope, or bubble style mailer.  Some sorting facilities use rollers and they will literally pop out rolls of film.
  • Do seal your film in a ziplock to guard against any form of water damage.
  • Don't pack your box with too much empty space, this can lead to the box getting crushed and developing a hole.  Stuff it with grocery bags or newspaper.  
  • And finally Do clearly label your package with a return address, and include a completed order form inside so that we can follow your instructions and get in touch with you if need be.

We haven't had a client experience a package loss yet, and if you follow these guidelines you can be as sure as possible that your film will arrive safely.  

If you're in Maine, contact us to set up a drop off!  

Lets Get Down to Business.

Rolleiflex 2.8E - Ektar 100

Rolleiflex 2.8E - Ektar 100


Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!  Since we opened we've received a very friendly reception.  Can you believe that was just September?  You trusted us with your work and the reaction has been great!  Lots of our clients are enjoying the easy communication and feedback, which is great because we love to help shooters get the most out of film, from aesthetics to workflow.

We need to keep growing!

We are still quite far from achieving lab capacity.  That means that there are a lot of slots available for Pro Scan clients.  This is why I'm introducing another incentive to join up with Northeast and get rewarded for spreading the good word while you're at it.

Lets go over the loyalty program again

I'm really excited about the loyalty program, and here's why.  It's pretty much an open secret in the industry that when it comes to labs, not everyone is paying the same rate.  Bigger labs try to attract certain well known clients by offering them preferred rates.  The assumption being that these well known shooters will spread the word about the lab they use, generating interest.  While I understand the reasoning, it's not exactly fair.

What if preferred rates were available to all?

We operate on an alternative principal.  If you invest in Northeast Photographic, we reward you with a preferred rate that keeps getting better.  We actually recently simplified it too!  Shoot 20 rolls in a year, get 1 dollar off each roll going forward.  Get to 40 rolls, 2 dollars off.  At 60 rolls you reach tier 3, and get 3 dollars off each roll.  That means you'd be getting C41 Pro Scans at 15 dollars per roll!  Plus we don't nickel and dime you when it comes to format and scan resolution.  Why do we do this? First because we believe film should be affordable to those who want to shoot it professionally.  Second, if you're reaching preferred rate tiers it means you're keeping film alive, and the lab is growing.  Everybody wins.

Introducing the Referral Program!

You might already be a Pro Scan client, and already got the 50% off your first order deal.  You may also have achieved tier 1 or 2 of the loyalty program.  If so, thanks!  That means you're a prolific film shooter and that's great.  Well now we're introducing a new way to get a steep discount.  All you have to do is tell a friend!  If you refer a friend to our Pro Scan program, they get the standard 50% off deal, and you get 25% off your next order!  When they send in their first order indicating you as the referrer, we'll note that you have a discount coming your way.  Easy!  And again, everybody wins.

Some Housekeeping...

I just want to note that the lab is currently fulfilling orders within 5 business days or less.  The last batch of Simple Scans went out in just 3 days! 

Also, Northeast Photographic donated film processing to the annual Disposable Exposure show.   Get the low down here!

Beta Notes!

Our Beta is a real thing, here are some workflow changes we've made!

  1. Scans are now sorted into separated files by roll.
  2. Uncut rolls are now available.
  3. Slight price decrease on 4x5 E6 Dev only.
  4. Simplification of Loyalty Program.
  5. Referral Program introduction.
  6. New header image on the main page!
  7. Mini order form for local drop off!
  8. Pro Scan order form now available in public link.

Make Real Pictures.

"that which withers in the age of mechanical reproduction is the aura of the work of art. [...] One might generalize by saying: the technique of reproduction detaches the reproduced object from the domain of tradition. By making many reproductions it substitutes a plurality of copies for a unique existence"

-Walter Benjamin, The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction, 1935


I opened a lab because I want you to make real pictures. Film is not necessarily a superior imaging format than digital.  It won't automatically make you Ansel Adams or Garry Winogrand or Richard Avedon.  Film won't necessarily make you a better photographer.  The last thing I want to do is lie to you about what film will do for you.  However, I can tell you what it is. 

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Film is real.  You can touch it.  When you hold it up to light you see a picture. You don't need proprietary software to interpret a proprietary collection of 0s and 1s.  When you make a photograph on film light reacts with metals encased in gelatin on purified wood pulp.  A digital photograph is a file that is copied, and re-copied, and transferred, and duplicated and simply does not exist in any tangible way.  Is there an original?  Is it the file on the memory card or the copy that is imported onto a drive (and so on)?  When so much of our lives happen digitally, some things aught to be real.  If a project is important to you, its worth saving in the same world we occupy with materials we understand.  If a moment or a message matters to you, you should make real pictures.


That's why I'm working to keep film alive.  Northeast Photographic is here to make film a viable choice for photographers who wish to make real pictures and still have access to the same sharing and community tools that we enjoy.  What's more, I've designed my services and prices to both enable professionals and amateurs alike.  If you've never tried film, it's affordable and easy for you to do so.  If you're a professional who shoots hundreds of rolls a year, I reward you for trusting Northeast Photographic with that workload.  My goal is to keep film a viable choice for image makers who care about the legacy of their work.  

Thank you for your interest in film and Northeast Photographic.