UK Film Lab University

Following a significant number of requests, we are soon going to be launching a brand new and extremely exciting avenue for UK Film Lab!

UK Film Lab University (or UKFL-U) will be delivering learning events beginning in 2015, based in our new purpose-built learning space. You already know us for our unrelenting approach to quality film processing and we’re now taking that same approach and keeping everything in-house for UKFL-U.

In a world overrun with photography workshops and conferences UKFL-U will provide REAL learning on a personal level. At our events you’ll create beautiful photographs but what you’ll leave with – which is even more valuable – are the skills and knowledge to successfully shoot film yourself or further develop your existing skills.

To register your interest and be kept informed of announcements when they happen, simply send an email to university@ukfilmlab.com with the word ‘Subscribe’ in the subject field.

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UKFL Image of the Day – August Round-Up!

One of our favourite times of the month – sharing all of the amazing UKFL Images of the Day that our talented clients have created!  We have many more amazing images that we have the pleasure of working on every single day, and only wish we had time to share more…We try to select photographs with a variety of subjects (though this month we seem to have been slightly sidetracked by redheads!), film stocks and cameras, and we also like to use the opportunity to share a little of our own photography with you as well. But one of the key aims is to showcase the stunning versatility and downright beauty of film, and to demonstrate how talented photographers are using it every single day for both personal and professional work – film is well and truly alive and kicking!

A couple of the images here have had slight skin retouches or been straightened by the client, but other than that, these are the images exactly as we sent them out to our clients following our scanning and editing process.  We pride ourselves on working closely with our clients and delivering unbeatably beautiful scans.  So without further ado, please enjoy and share this gorgeous work…

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Ricardo Aguiar Mamiya AFDii/Kodak Ektar:

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Egle Laukyte Mamiya AF/Kodak Ektar:

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Jared Macias / Into the Light Mamiya 645AFD/Kodak Tri-x 400:

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Oswald Malachowski Contax 645/ Fuji 400H:

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Hanke Arkenbout Mamiya 645/ Kodak Portra 800:

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Dmitry Serostanov Pentax 645 / Kodak Portra 160:

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Christian Ward Contax 645/Fuji 400H:

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Jane Haglund Pentax 67 / Kodak Portra 400:

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George McConville Hasselblad 500C / Kodak Portra 400:

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Oxana Kohler Pentax 67 / Kodak Portra 400NC:

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Jenny Owens Mamiya 645 pro / Kodak Portra 400:

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Britt Spring Canon 1V/Kodak BWCN:

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Christian Ward Pentax 67ii / Fuji 400H:

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Tereza Lee Mamiya 645 / Fuji 400H:

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Christian Ward / Pentax 67ii / Kodak Ektar:

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Carolien Joubert Canon EOS3 / Fuji 400H:

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James Lester Rolleiflex 3.5F/ Fuji 400H:

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Chloe Browne / Caught the Light Contax 645/ Fuji 400H:

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Ryan Brothwell Olympus OM10 / Kodak Portra 160:

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Oswald Malachowski Contax 645/ Kodak Portra 400

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UK Film Lab | A Truly International Lab

Although we’re called ‘UK Film Lab’, we are actually a truly international lab. In the past 2 days alone, we have delivered work for clients who live in the following countries: Italy, Australia, France, Malaysia, Germany, England, Scotland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Denmark, Holland and Sweden.

We love having such a varied client base! Thanks to everyone near and far for putting their trust in us. 

And because we can’t have a post without a picture, here’s one of Christian’s shots on Kodak Ektar, taken with a Pentax 67ii.

Christian Ward London film photographer

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UKFL Image of the Day – July Round-Up!

Our new Image of the Day feature has been incredibly popular.  Our idea was to showcase the talent of our clients, to help spread the word far and wide about the versatility and beauty of film, and to share more of the work we do here at UK Film Lab.  Our Image of the Day is shared via our Facebook business page, Twitter feed and Instagram, and we also thought it would be great to do a monthly round-up here on our Blog.  We are incredibly fortunate to have such a multitude of talented clients who are happy to allow us to share their wonderful work.  Thank you so much!

Alex Hahn:

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Davy Priestley (L) / Jay Emme (R):

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Davy Priestley (L) / Siegrid Cain (R):

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Me! (Erica Ward) (L) / Lucy Birkhead (R):

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Carolien Joubert:

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Debs Ivelja:

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Jenny Blad:

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Molly Matcham:

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Scott Johnson:

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Helen Cawte:

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Sonia Jansson | UK Film Lab Spotlight

A little overdue because of how busy you’ve all been keeping us, but now we are very happy to share the work of our latest UK Film Lab Spotlight photographer. Sonia is not only a talented photographer but she is also a very sweet, kind and thoughtful lady. She is far too bashful when it comes to her talent but we think it’s clear from this short study on colour that Sonia is not short on artistic ability and technical skill.

Why do you take photographs?

Well, that’s the 10 millon dollar question, isn’t it? I really can’t be sure…I think it is a need as much as it is part of who I am. A while ago, I felt a sort of epiphany. I had been feeling that there is this a certain thing in every picture I take. Like a personal and concealed message, and when it wasn’t there the way I subconsciously had anticipated it, I would get madly frustrated at myself. It took me a long time to understand the meaning of this. Until I realized that what I was trying to show or tell in most of my framing and documenting is that everybody and everything fits. It just does. You fit. We all do. Perfectly. Framed by what ever surrounds us, on any given second. I imagine that ultimately, by continuously searching and exposing this sense of harmony and belonging around me, I might be searching for my own sense of belonging. That by doing that, I fit too.

Why do you shoot film?

It started with a long time frustration of having been shooting film since I was a child, and never really mastering it. I felt I wanted to learn the real craft behind photography. Of course, I never expected to love it this much. Film and my Hasselblad have taught me a lot about myself and the person I am. When one carefully thinks on how to best use every single frame, that is when ones’ essence starts to reveal itself. Film has been a huge part in finding the links I was missing to fully understand my call. Also, film is full of surprises! A new stock, or a new camera makes all the difference in the results. Every light/stock/camera combo gives different results, and that is just mesmerizing! Something the digital experience will never offer.

Why do you use UK Film Lab?

Bad service is a deal breaker for me, in every part of my business and personal life. UK Film Lab’s service is an experience by itself. I feel appreciated as a custumer, never treated like I was taken for granted. The film I send is treated just the same way. Every frame respected for its uniqueness. I never felt the least neglected by UK Film Lab. Never. Also, it is important to know that the consequent results in developing and scanning are a huge part of learning how to master film photography. This is where UK film hooked me. I finally understood what I was doing right, or wrong. Their feedback following every order, is priceless. They really go out of their way to help me get where I want to be with film. They also spend a good amount of their time on us photographers, never hesitating on being personal and friendly. They are not only extremely competent in what they do, they are some of the most friendly, honest and down to earth people I have ever done business with.

Do you have any tips for your fellow film photographers?

A good lab from day one. A lab that follows your journey with film. Don’t mess around changing lab or scanning yourself. GET A COMPETENT LAB (yes, UK Film Lab will do perfectly). Also, buy FRESH film and stick with one stock for a while, until you understand exposures and their effects (I wish I had done this). Otherwise, film photography could easily turn into a frustrating and expensive experience. Let go of all your fears and doubts. Really. LET GO! Just shoot! Shoot!…and then go shoot some more! There is no getting it right just by reading or overanalyzing. Embrace every mistake just like you embrace every success, they are stepping stones in your journey with the craft of photography. You will never know it all. Just go with it.

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You can check out more of Sonia’s inspirational photography here: http://soniajansson.com

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