What is the difference between film developing and prints

What is Film Developing?

Film developing is the process of chemically processing photographic film to produce a visible image. It involves the use of developing chemicals to react with the light-sensitive emulsion on the film, which creates a negative or positive image that can then be printed or scanned.

What is scanning used for?

Scanning of negatives refers to the process of digitizing photographic negatives by converting them into digital image files. The negatives are placed in a scanner designed specifically for scanning film, and the scanner captures a high-resolution digital image of the negative. This digital image can then be edited, printed, or shared on digital platforms. Scanning negatives is a common way to preserve and archive old film photographs, or new ones!

What are prints for?

Photo prints are physical copies of photographic images that have been developed onto paper. Back in the darkroom days they were created by projecting the negative onto light-sensitive photographic paper, which is then developed using chemicals to produce a visible image. Now we are able to use your digital scans from the computer and print better resolution prints from your negatives. Photo prints can come in various sizes and formats, such as standard sizes like 4×6, 5×7 inches or larger sizes like 8×10 inches. They are often used for displaying and sharing personal or professional photographs, as they provide a tangible and long-lasting way to view and appreciate images.

Here at Phoenix Photo Lab we can print very large images from your phone, negatives or digital images. There are limits to what sizes we can print, depending on the quality of the original. Ask our pros what size your files can be printed!