New member- Color, b/w and slide processing questions
Hello all, new member were excited about the vast resources of this forum. Thanks in advance for your help.
I am relearning the 35mm film world after shooting primarily digital for the last 10 years. I find I do not like the feel of digital so I am going back to my roots as a amateur (wanting to be more) film photographer. I have been a hobby film shooter since I the 80's as a teenager. I have some specific questions regarding processing film in today's world. Any help would be greatly appreciated
1) Do any pro labs do film or b/w photo processing via an enlarger or do they ALL use mini labs that if I am correct, use a scanning function then print to paper? If so have labs (pro labs) always used these machines or did they ever do projection enlargement printing to paper in the last 30 years or so?
2) Do the mini lab machines with scanners that then print to paper do any less of a job than traditional enlarger/projection print developing? If they do b/w this way, would I get better b/w prints enlarging and processing prints myself in the traditional way or do the print machines do as good of a job on b/w?
3) Do the dip and dunk processors then run the negatives through a scanning machine that prints to paper or do dip and dunk use traditional enlarger methods to make prints?
4) Is there a distinction between printing methods of pro labs, ink jet, RA-4,etc as far as quality?
I am trying to educate myself on how traditional film prints are developed these days, both color and b/w. The scanning to digital thing is the next step in my education:
I want to shoot some slides for vivid color, b/w negatives and color negatives. At this point I don't want to get into scanning myself. Are the best results from each of these mediums, in order to eventually print paper photos to do as follows:
Send slide or negative film to pro lab to process, then have THEM scan to cd at which time or later if I want prints, have the pro lab print them from the digital file? Is this the ultimate way to get the best paper prints in today's world (other than possibly developing,enlarging b/w myself)?
Sorry if any questions are redundant, just trying to understand the process today and how to achieve the best prints in each medium. I like to hold photos in my hand, not look at them on a computer.