35mm Black & White Processing and Scanning

Our Black & White film process service is carried out by hand. The films are not developed in a roller transport or dip and dunk machine. On this basis we run a certain amount of processes per day and work to a processing schedule in order for us to maintain a consistent standard of service. For a full explanation on how we work the bw film processing service please see our HOW WE WORK page.

35 mm Black and White Film Processing Only

35mm Black and White Film Processing & Scanning

JPEG Files

35mm Black & White Film Processing and Scanning

TIFF Files

We often get asked what is the difference between JPEG and TIFF files. Hopefully the explanation below will help.

TIFF vs JPEG   TIFF (Tagged Image File Format) and JPG (Joint Photographic Experts Group) are two common file formats for images. JPG is a format that uses a lossy compression in order to maximize the use of the storage space. TIFF, on the other hand, allows users the options to save the image compressed or not. It also utilized a non lossy compression method to ensure that none of the data is lost.The lossy nature of JPG images means that much of the original photographic data is lost once the image is saved. The excellent compression algorithms used in JPGs mean that the resulting file would be much smaller without noticing a significant level of degradation in the image. But as you edit or process the image, the data that is lost gets magnified and becomes more noticeable. Inferior images might result from JPG images that are processed extensively with photo editing software.

The TIFF format solves this problem by compressing the image in a non lossy process. This method results to a file size that is still much bigger compared to JPGs but contains all of the data for post processing. A file saved in the TIFF format can undergo multiple processing before signs of degradation appear on the image. This provides photographers with an option that lies between the very large RAW format and small sized JPGs, allowing them to store more files without data loss. Saving in TIFF is a practice that is commonly done by photographers who still need to process their images before being printed in magazines, papers, or posted in the internet. The quality of the image is of utmost importance to them and they are willing to deal with the huge file size. JPGs are used by everybody as it provides high quality images that are ready to be printed in a small file size. Even professionals use the JPG file format when they are done processing their images and are ready to post or print. Photos for the internet are usually in JPGs since large files cause web sites to load slowly.

Another area of questions is the scanning methods and statistics that we put on our products.

In short all of our film scanning is carried out at 300 dpi. To achieve the different sizes of scans we set a different target size so for example a 1.9mb JPEG scan has a target file size of 38" if opened in Photoshop and a 6.7mb JPEG file has a target size of 75" if opened in Photoshop. Both files scanned at 300dpi but with a larger overall target size giving you a much larger file.

Photoshop and other editing software unless programmed to do otherwise will always open the file at a size that the computer memory will cope with, bearing in mind that no one would probably want a print from a 35mm neg to 75 inches we then recommend handling the files as follows. 

The first thing to change is the DPI setting back to 300 dpi, it will probably open at 72dpi. This is why we give you the two file properties for each service. Then whilst in the image size option set your image size to what you are going to be requiring, for example if you require a 10x8 image set the DPI to 300 and the image size to 8" high so cropping can be done after.

Please bear in mind that all black and white film types contain GRAIN, this is the silver particles that the film is made up from. The faster the film the larger the grain so this is not a scanning fault or something that has happened in processing this is the properties of the Black and White Film.


All Black and White film we receive is processed in Ilford ID11 developer, we process all film at 20 degrees Celsius. We have been using the same developer brand for the last 38 years and it is a tried and tested formula to suit all films in the market.