Develops Walmart negatives into photos

Is it true that SLR cameras are outdated if you don't develop your own photos?

There are innumerable variations on this situation; Much of this depends on your cameras (both film and digital cameras) as well as what you typically do with your photos. If all you have a tendency to upload to Flickr is a very different answer than if you want to print at 20x30.

Anyway, I would say the basic situation is this:

A simple print from a color negative is similar to a simple print of JPEG straight from the camera. And I mean a lot much from that; They're printed on the same machines with the same color grading, etc. From Target, etc., they're likely to turn out a bit oversaturated and gaudy, but 40 years of color photography has shown that most people like that.

For something a little more complicated, you'll need a good custom lab, access to a darkroom, or - after ruling out those two - mainstream movie users' current favorite: scans!

This is where the advantage of digital over the chain store becomes noticeable: you don't have to scan it, you have the full quality image right there. Getting good scans from chain stores is a hit and miss. Large scans suitable for large prints may be too expensive or not available at all. I will emphasize that it is definitely worth exploring all options on site. It can even vary between different stores in the same chain.

However, I think the "typical" situation is that the simplest branch scans are usually the size they would use for their normal print size: suitable for 4x6 or 5x7, maybe 8x10 with a little care. For large prints, digital has a decisive advantage.

Posting online I'd probably still be interested in digital, but the quality you get from the in-store scans is more likely to be acceptable for Flickr or other online galleries - I think it's worth noting some The better ones are film photographers I know on Flickr who have found ways to only work with chain stores.

The scanning situation is the reason why many normal film shooters buy a scanner. You get better scans, better prints, and pay off pretty quickly.

PS: I know it's not what you asked for, and it certainly isn't worth doing some experimentation roles, but processing your own film is almost certainly a lot easier than you think. If you're into making films, it's definitely worth taking a closer look.


Thank you for that answer and your post script. I will definitely think about it. One of my main obstacles is space. : /


@BBishop that's one of the things I mean. A development / scanning process means you don't need a whole room. Just a small shelf for bottles + a scanner. (Still might be too much room for you, but it's less than most people's first instinct.)