FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What does it mean “artisan Lab”?
It´s a “handmade” craft, a small scale processing. Meaning that I use manual processing tanks for still photography and that I also use manual Russian tanks for motion picture film. Small scale labs and commercial labs, both have pros and cons. Small scale processings allows a wider range of tailored measures than the commercial ones (i.e.: a more accurate control of agitation times, etc).
Why don’t you offer processing of negative films?
There are plenty of labs specializing in negatives processing, but not many specializing in motion picture film and slides. I fill that gap as it´s the topic I know best and where I could bring something unique. I also happen to believe that the true beauty of film shines in direct projection.
The FILMINA process for B&W slides. What makes it so special?
The method I use is quite different from the traditional B&W reversal processing (which also is differentiated from the negative processing). This method has been refined over the years in order to maximize the quality. At the moment, this demanding process requires 12 stages and lasts aproximately 2 hours.
Processing slides. why B&W is more expensive than colour?
Apart from being complex and demanding, the process includes a very expensive final toner that greatly extends the life of photographic archives. Processing B&W reversal is still a bit more expensive than processing colour, but B&W film rolls are also cheaper. So, in the end, taking pictures using B&W slides is still cheaper as a whole.
For B&W slides, What type of film suits me best?
You can find a list of the films I work with in the B&W SLIDES section. You will also find there a guideline on how best to handle the film. There’s no such a thing as a “best film”, There are just different results. I recommend trying a few films in order to find the one that better suits your needs.
Where should I send my films?
Filmina is a small lab located in the East of Spain. At the moment the lab is in Murcia but that could change during next year. So, in order to avoid any issues, send me an e-mail before sending any film. First of all, tell me the type of film you want me to process and the services you require, then I will update you about the lab current address.
How many time do you need to finish an order?
My number one priority is to get the highest quality. Keep in mind that processings are demanding and time-consuming and Filmina is a one-man lab. Having said that, every work will be processed on a first come, first served basis (except for express services) and it will be done in an usually short time.
After processing my motion picture film, Where can I digitally scan it?
I normally work with ochoypico.com, a company located also in Spain and recognized worldwide for its scanning quality both in HD and 4K. If you send me a hard drive together with the films you want to process, I’ll send them the whole package for you ASAP after the processing is done.
Which payment systems do you accept?
Filmina accepts IBAN transfer if you’re within EU. Outside Europe, I can accept Paypal with a 4% additional charge over the total price. Once the order is finished, I’ll send you an e-mail invoice and after payment is done I’ll send you the material or I’ll send it to the scanning company if specified.
Don’t you scan slides?
No. I am a one-man-lab. Scanning takes a lot of time and processing is already a quite demanding full time job. Maybe in a near future.
Do you process expired films or films shot decades ago?
Yes and no. Send me an email telling me more about it and we’ll check if there is anyting we can do or if there is any chance of succeeding. This processing is more expensive, but sometimes recovering long time lost images can be really worth it and you can get interesting results.