Emily Wilson

It’s that time of year….WPPI is calling! Once again, theFINDlab will be there. We’re so excited to see all of you, and have you get to know our team. To sign up for your free trade show pass, compliments of theFINDlab, sign up HERE!

The two stars of last year’s show will be back: our Frontier and Noritsu scanners. Visitors who schedule an appointment to our booth will be able to work one-on-one with our team to experience the scanning process of C-41 film. You’ll be able to compare Frontier and Noritsu colors, see the benefits of Basic, Basic+, and Premium Scans, and create or refine your custom color profile. For you digital shooters, we will also have color consults to help nail down your ideal look. Here are some things to know to make the most of your experience with theFINDlab at WPPI:

• if you would like us to bring your negatives for you to pick up, send an email to info@thefindlab.com (or use the contact form above) with the subject “bring my negs” and we will have them for you to come get. The last day for submitting this request is Feb. 29th.

•if you’d like to see what both a Frontier and Noritsu can do, you’ll need to sign up with a friend at the same time on opposite scanners and just let us know in the appointment notes. To sign up for your 20-minute appointment with free regular size scans, click HERE

• for your appointment, you can bring your C-41 negatives with you (1 roll of 120 or 35mm), send in one roll to the lab (received before Feb. 29th) for developing only and we’ll have it ready to go OR if we are bringing negatives for pick up, one of those rolls will be available to scan as well

• if you don’t have negatives to bring with you, we’ll have sample rolls for you to try

• to sign up for your 10-minute appointment for a digital color consult, click HERE

What happens in Vegas doesn’t have to stay there…. We will have a film drop off at our booth, 1700, which will be available until Wednesday at noon. We are happy to bring your film back with us to help you save on shipping costs.

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We look forward to seeing you there!

Image Credit: Emily Wilson
Portra 400, Mamiya 645 Pro TL
   

Jeremy Chou
Have you heard the news? Film Box Lab is now part of theFINDlab family! They’ll be closing the doors on March 1st and they’ve asked us to take over from here. We’re sad to see them go, but excited for what the future holds for them.

We know a lot of people are curious at to why this is happening. The owners of Film Box Lab decided to focus on other areas of their professional careers and personal lives. As a result, they contacted us knowing they would be leaving their clients in good hands. We value our clients, same as them, and will work to ensure this transition is as seamless as possible for all involved.
The last day they are receiving orders is February 23rd. Any calls or emails after March 1st will automatically be forwarded to us, and we will be happy to help in any way possible.
Film Box clients, don’t fret! They have trained us on your specific style and we will continue to work hand-in-hand with them to ensure our scanners and editors are familiar with your desired look! We have your color profile information and will put it to good use.
We wish the Film Box team the best of luck and look forward to working with clients making the transition. Please feel free to reach out to us at 801-691-0010 or info@thefindlab.com with any additional questions. Our office is open M-F, 9 to 5.
Image Credit: Jeremy Chou
Portra 400, Mamiya 645 Pro TL
   

Did you know that where you live can affect your film? We are lucky enough to have film shooters send us film from all around the world! We thought it would be helpful to talk about shooting film in humid or wet environments.

You can see in the image below that there is faint writing and numbers imprinted onto the film. This happens when the ink from the backing paper rubs off onto the film when it gets wet or damp. You don’t see this very often with 220 film since it has little backing paper, and you don’t see it at all with 35mm. It is most common with 120 film.

So, how can you prevent this from happening? It helps to keep your film in the wrapper until you are about to shoot. If you live in a humid climate, we recommend using a dehumidifier wherever you store film. The image below sat in a humid environment for a week before being shot.

Be sure to keep your film in a cool, dark place. Remember film needs to acclimate to your environment before shooting – take it out of your storage and let it adjust to room temperature out of the wrapper before putting it in your camera. Keeping it out for about an hour should do the trick if your film is stored in the fridge. If your film is stored in the freezer, it is beneficial to leave it out for at least 24 hours before putting it in your camera.

In the end, just remember these tips and don’t “sweat” the small stuff! We love to see your beach photos, so keep them coming!

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Image Credit: Jonathan Canlas

Ektar 100, Rollei

   

With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, it’s time to share the love! We thought we would do that by sharing some of our favorite images to come through the lab in the past month. While we receive many beautiful images daily, these are some that resonated with us. We want to wish you all a happy Valentine’s Day spent with those who matter most to you.

Kristin Lavoie

Wedding / Kristin La Voie / Portra 400, Contax 645

Brittany Mahood

Food / Brittany Mahood / Fuji400H, Contax 645

Luke & Cat Neumayr

Landscape / Luke & Cat Neumayr / Fuji400H, Canon1V

Ariel Lafontaine

Black & White / Ariel Lafontaine / 400TX, Canon FT QL

Daniel Lauer-Schumacher

Travel / Daniel Lauer-Schumacher / Kodak Gold 400, Nikon N65

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Family  /  Erin Hughes  /  Portra 400, Contax 645

   

Because of the increased latitude of Portra 400, we’ve received many requests to scan and edit Portra 400 to look like Fuji 400H. Because of this, we want to let you in on a little secret! Our lab can make them look similar to save you a few extra bucks. We understand most people won’t be shooting these two film stocks back to back for comparison, but we wanted to show you how similar they can be.

The most important thing is to make sure we start in good, clean light.  It is really difficult to adjust the tones in film when they are underexposed. Underexposure with these two film stocks leads to muddy shadows and an overall yellow image. While shooting for this blog post, we made sure all images were created in clean light and overexposed a stop and a half.

The second thing to understand is the base color of each film stock.  A good way to think of this is like painting an image on a canvas. With film, our ‘canvas’ doesn’t start with a true white.  When using Portra 400 its canvas has a yellow and slightly red base color.  Fuji 400H has a cyan and green  base color. One of the reasons people gravitate toward the aesthetic of Fuji 400H is for its neutral skin tones and unique coloring of foliage.  Fuji 400H is best known for its cool greens while Portra 400 will typically have warm greens.

To achieve the Fuji 400H look, we recommend having film scanned on the Noritsu rather than the Frontier. The Noritsu primarily works in the magenta and green channel, so there is less yellow. Portra 400 naturally has a warmer base than 400H, so the tones in the image need to be cooled down overall in scanning. As you can see in the comparison images below, the Noritsu provided more control without going too cool.

Frontier Portra vs 400H

Noritsu Portra vs Fuji

Here are a few more comparison images from the Noritsu.

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If you want to recreate this look, please make sure you include this in the notes section of your order form or feel free to give us a call!

Image Credit: theFINDlab Team Members

Portra 400 and Fuji400H, Mamiya 645