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Confidential film processing

Andrew Albright , Feb 06, 2006; 04:21 p.m.


I took some pictures at/for work. Fuji NPH 400 Professional, color negative film.

I need to send them out to a photo lab to be develop and have prints made. Does anyone know of any professional labs that maintain a strict level of confidentiality?

Sincerely, Andrew Albright


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Trent Whaley , Feb 06, 2006; 04:40 p.m.

For illegal things, no lab will.

For legal things (trademark, trade secret, unreleased products, etc), most should. Talk to them about your needs first.

If it's classified work or something, there may be an official lab to send it to and it may be a illegal to send it elsewhere.

Stephen H , Feb 06, 2006; 05:04 p.m.

You might consider whether this is something that anyone would care about. What I mean is, it might be some great trade secret, but the photo people at Walmart most likely wouldn't be too interested in it.

Seems like I've read that they ship diamonds by Fed Ex- just throw 'em in an envelope and assume they don't get noticed in the thousands of other envelopes. You could reasonably apply that kind of thinking to many situations.

One moral is: You should have used digital for this.

Ricardo Sánchez , Feb 06, 2006; 05:24 p.m.

Wow... you sure have triggered my imagination with the confidential pictures "at/for" work. I assume asking you to post one here is out of the question... anyway...

Brian S. , Feb 06, 2006; 05:30 p.m.

"One moral is: You should have used digital for this."

Another moral... POLAROID!

Larry Dressler , Feb 06, 2006; 06:26 p.m.

As long as it is not child porn or pictures up a womans skirt i will do it for an amount of gold that you must be able to send me at your cost. As for government secrets I am alredy on the List to watch since I work for Homeland Security but hey life is full of twist before you find the center of the maze then ar traped with your prized cheese.


Only the ghost may know

Dan Schwartz , Feb 06, 2006; 06:57 p.m.

Or, you can develop them yourself, and print or scan the negs.

Write me off-list if you need a lab that is VERY discreet.

Cheers! Dan

Stephen H , Feb 06, 2006; 09:08 p.m.

I remember seeing ads in photo magazines for "uncensored processing".

I recall way back when, Popular Science (or maybe it was Popular Mechanics) had classified ads in the back. And one of the categories of those classified ads was chemical apparatus. And at least once, I saw a disclaimer at the start of that section that "The following ad has been placed by the Fed Gov't", or words to that effect. IE, some agency was actually running a chemical supply warehouse just to get info of people that were ordering possible drug-producing equipment. In a similar way, it seems to me that running an "uncensored processing" service would have been the ideal way for the feds to locate illicit pornographers...back in film days, at least. A great way to work up blackmail schemes if one were so inclined as well. So I've wondered about that business...

James Dainis , Feb 06, 2006; 09:41 p.m.

I think that "uncensored processing" would have been thrown out of court as entrapment. "I never would have taken these dirty pictures if those guys didn't tell me that they would develop them." But blackmail? That sounds good.

Andrew Albright , Feb 06, 2006; 10:10 p.m.

I see everyone has wild imaginations!

I DID shoot digital and got some decent results, but I also took some color pictures with a real camera with real film. I hold out hope that my real camera will have taken better photos. (Canon G3 vs Canon AE-1)

Afterward it occured to me that if I just send them out, then someone in a photo lab could have access to them.

And it is nothing that interesting..just science. In the past I worked for a university and we were pretty open about unpublished results and I could send stuff out - in the unlikely event someone got their hands on the photos no big deal - they probably wouldn't even care.

However, now I work at a company and in theory I should probably get a confidentiality agreement in place. This might be a lot of work, unless I can find a lab that does this work routinely and already is familiar with the process, has their own form, and has a reputation established.

Lastly, I develop all my own black and white negatives, does any hobbyist really develop their own color negatives by hand?

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