I want beautiful RA-4/chemical prints from my color negs. I am having problems with my local lab printing straight from the negs. They are a very good pro lab (Holland Photo Imaging) and may even advertise here. However, in getting what I want, I'm finding it easier to scan and print from my pigment printer.
I want true RA-4 prints, however, to sell. (And, no, I'm not going to do this in my garage -- b&w is enough in there). Just sold my first color print and I was not really keen on supplying inkjet.
My questions are:
1. How do you get prints made if you do it through a lab? Do you look at small test prints and then tell the lab what you want? Do you look at scans and then manipulate them to what you want and then have the lab print RA-4 or Chromira or Lightjet from the scan? Do you just settle for digital machine prints from your negs?
2. Do you have any really great labs you work with *(US) that I could ftp or send negs to for printing? What is your experience with this?
I know this raises a lot of questions. Basically, I want custom RA-4/chemical prints (which, I believe, is what Chromira is although it uses an LED for the exposure) from my negatives to my specifications. Probably I just need to work with Holland a little harder to get what I want.