Let's Develop a Relationship - Richard Photo Lab - Photo Native 2019 Title Sponsor

Let’s develop a relationship! As Los Angeles’ quality-obsessed film lab, Richard Photo Lab sweats the details of each and every frame (just like you do), providing every photographer with premium processing & scanning services.

Since 1970, Richard has been dedicated to the analog art of film—because we aren't just your film lab, we're your film partners. Because first-rate quality and ultra-fast service don't need to be mutually exclusive. Because film education isn't just our duty, it's our passion. Because your success is our success. And at Richard, every frame counts!


The original Richard Photo Lab started in the 1970s in Hollywood, California. It was one man in a closet-sized “lab” space—no machines, doing everything by hand. He was a perfectionist, and it was that alone which earned him a small but super loyal customer base in the commercial photography industry. His work was the best, and they needed the best. Those folks stuck with Richard throughout their careers, and the Richard reputation continued to spread throughout the industry, particularly with major music and entertainment companies.

Nowadays, Richard is best known for our work with fine art film photographers. When that genre sort of emerged (or perhaps re-emerged), it was a pivotal period for the industry. And our lab owner and photog biz guru, Brian Greenberg, was attune to that shift in the industry and the potential for Richard to grow with that client base. Long before the days of social media and huge photography trade shows, there was just an extraordinary team of people producing work that exceeded the high expectations of photographers, and that was enough to get a foothold in a new market. Richard--as it is today--is a culmination of decades of Brian’s (and the rest of the staff’s) experience, expertise, and plain ol’ hard work. 


Shooting film is just… special. It sounds soooo cheesy, but there really is something about the look of film that cannot be reproduced with digital photography, no matter how rad your Photoshop filters are. Film also has a way of turning you into a better photographer. It’s an art and a science all wrapped into one. It is not a magic gateway to better images, but it makes you more cognizant about things like framing and lighting and composition—every frame counts!

Film has a super rich history, and Richard thinks that a whole new chapter—maybe even a whole new book—in that story has begun. There’s a lot of buzz on the internet about whether or not the resurgence of film is just a temporary trend, but with the worldwide traction it has been able to gain over the last decade in spite of the digital photography revolution and with new industry players and services reinvigorating the scene, we think that film will continue to grow as an artistic standard for timeless imagery. Lots of folks think that film is too expensive and that will be its downfall; but, they forget that the tradeoff for the upfront cost of film is the money saved (both actual dollars as well as time) in post-processing—an often overlooked expense of digital photography. 


Here at Richard, we all know the importance of the negative to every photographer. It is the data, the score, and the information source for all of your imagery. We’ve been able to make a name for ourselves as the partner of choice for demanding film photographers by 1) using only the most sophisticated Dip & Dunk technology to insure quality and reliability, and 2) counting on one of the most sophisticated pieces of technology available: the human eye... Our experts look closely at your images, frame-by-frame, and make sure our scans are done consistently—and consistently well.

But we’re not just about film. Printing is the best way to keep memories alive, whether their captured on film or digitally. Nothing compares to sifting through a box of old family photographs or passing down an heirloom that captures the most important times in your life. So, we create all of our print products in-house and with love to make sure they are professional-grade—we never outsource to subpar printers or compromise quality when it comes to our clients’ imagery.

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I Am A Photo Native: Baylie Longenecker - Featured Photo Native Attendee

"Growing up, I always knew what I wanted to be-a photographer. Since I was 4 years old, when people would ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up I always had the same answer “I’m going to be a photographer”. After I got married I got super burnt out, I felt that my work didn’t portray how I felt about photography, the passion I had always felt for this art was leaving, and I couldn’t hear my voice among the thousands of talented photographer voices out there, and I honestly didn’t know the first thing about business, I was trying to do everything by myself and from YouTube videos I was watching. I was ready to quit. My sweet husband, who knew how badly I loved photography, had heard of Photo Native and surprised me with a ticket on my birthday. He told me that if I went to Photo Native and still wanted to quit then I could and he would have to be ok with it, but he really thought from what he read that it would fuel my photography fire again. And he was right. 

Photo Native was everything a photographer could hope for and more. It made me excited for photography again, it taught me things I didn’t even know I needed to learn, it reset and refreshed my love for photography and it pointed me to the direction I needed to go. It didn’t just have fun photography classes but it also had the BUSINESS side of things which was huge for me! Since Photo Native I have hit every photography goal I have set for myself, I went from doing maybe one wedding a year to doing at least one wedding a month! It gave me a voice. It made me feel like I truly belong. I went to Photo Native a week after I had an emergency c-section and didn’t regret one second I spent there (thank you ibuprofen) THAT SHOULD TELL YOU HOW AMAZING IT IS. You belong at Photo Native if you haven’t already bought that ticket! It will change your life, and if that sounds dramatic it’s because it is. Photo Native is a place for you to find your voice, to find your passion, and to be surrounded by talented creatives who will inspire you and uplift you. It’s a community. A community where YOU belong. "

Baylie Longenecker - Photo Native Attendee

Photo Native 2019 is February 11-13 in Palm Springs, California. Early Bird Registration ends on June 30th, so get your ticket soon to save $200 and have priority registration access to Native Shoots and Boosts when they open up this fall.

Join Us, You Belong!

Photo Native 2019 Lineup Announced

The Photo Native 2019 lineup is full of so much heart, wisdom, talent, fun and we can hardly believe it's real. But it is, and we can't wait for you to join us in Palm Springs this coming February 11-13 for the most epic Photo Native yet.

With classes ranging from food styling for wedding photographers, to videography for photographers as well as other solid business, creative, and technical classes we are confident you are going to love, we can honestly say this might be the best money you could spend on your business and personal development.

We will also be opening up registration this fall to the exclusive Native Shoots and Business Boosts for Class Pass holders only. So not only will you have access to two full days of incredible learning, you can also customize and enhance your experience further to fill your individual needs. 

Head over to the Instructors page to learn more about the incredible talent we have on board, and then jump to the Classes page to see what they'll be teaching.

We promise it's an experience you won't want to miss. Join us, you belong.

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