If you still shoot film and don't develop it yourself, you probably mail it to a processing lab. But have you ever wondered what actually happens to your negatives once they arrive? Watch this video to find out.
Coming to you from Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens, this interesting behind the scenes video follows him as he tours Richard Photo Lab in Valencia, CA. As digital has taken a firm hold, a lot of local film processing labs have died out, but there still remains a strong, devoted group of film shooters, and there are a few popular mail-order labs around the country, Richard Photo Lab being one of them. It's very interesting to see how the process has been modernized and streamlined for bulk work; the sheer efficiency and precision of it all is astounding, right down to the lab doing the chemical reaction calculations to keep the developer tank at the proper concentration without ever wasting any of it or adding more than needed. Each step has been carefully engineered to be done both quickly and effectively. It's an impressive operation, and it's quite interesting to take a look at how it all comes together.