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How 35mm Film is Made into Digital Photos



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so one of the questions that get asked

the most is how does the role of film

turn from a roll of film into actual

photos that are digital and on Instagram

or in videos so today we're at Bayer

which is the photo lab that we use and

gonna be trying to show you the process

of how this roll of 35mm film turns into

photos and eventually digital files that

you can have in your computer so when

you drop your film off to the lab

they'll normally ask you what you want

whether it's just to develop the film

whether it's to scan it or also you

could get some prints made personally I

just get scans made and then if there

are any images that I feel like a

particularly worth printing I'll just

print the single image as opposed to the

whole roll after you pass the film over

it will then be logged into the system

and in this case a Bayer transported

downstairs into the dark rooms

once the film's downstairs and ready to

be developed it's logged with this

little sticker which helps keep track of

whose film is whose is then kind of

bolted in complete darkness into the

dark room where it gets processed after

the films in the darkroom it gets

removed from its packaging in this case

a canister and then it's loaded onto a

rack the rack is then placed into the

machine which goes through a set of ten

different paths which contain different

chemicals and water to rinse after the

film's travel through the developing

chemical you're actually able to turn

the lights on so we were able to go and

have a look at what was going on which

was pretty interesting I've never seen

this before after the film's been

through all the chemicals is then left

to dry completely before it's taken

upstairs to scanned

Surveyor use anna Ritsu to scan which

stands incredibly fast and just like a

whole roll at once the film is loaded

into the Machine and then you're

provided with thumbnails to preview the

images at this point the technician is

able to alter the color balance and

exposure for you so if you ask nicely

maybe the lab will be able to scan to

your preference to highlight an example

of this we actually scan the road twice

with two different looks after whistles

band is then taken downstairs to be cut

and sleeved

so you wouldn't pick it up if someone

nicely prepared for you for archiving

and then either the scans have been to a

CD or we transferred to you and so here

are the masterpieces that were made on

that row as you can see the normal way

that scanned is just a nice net

cool-looking and then we also got some

done the extra flat so the idea of this

is that the images have as much of the

highlights and as much of the shadows

held in the previous images kind of have

a more contrast II fill which looks good

straight away but if you want to be able

to edit them to control exactly how it

looks

getting it done flat so that you can

play with how much contrast you want

later I just prefer that because in some

images you could lose a bit in the sky

or a bit in the shadows and having the

ability to choose what you want and what

you don't is great but it doesn't mean

you have to do more editing so that's

pretty much it it was really interesting

to be able to go behind the scenes at

Bayer if you want to go and drop your

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