Lab

Happy New Year!

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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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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

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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.

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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.