Finding a lab to print slides
Anybody know a good lab where I can have the occasional slide printed?
I shoot 90% B/W but every once in a while, I get a wild hare up my a$$ and shoot a roll of color. I usually take them to my local camera store to print them but they use a digital mini lab which only makes prints up to 13 inches.
I shot this one and I want it printed up real nice.
Maybe even frame it up and sell it.
I would be inclined to print it up myself but I don't have a color enlarger and all the stuff to make color. At this stage of the game, it's not cost effective to buy what I would need.
What's a good lab who can make nice prints? Minimum 11x14 but maybe 16x20 or larger?
This is going to cost me an arm and a leg... right?
As you probably know, for traditional methods, the choices are labs that still do Ilfochrome, or make or get an interneg made. The interneg route may not be so bad, but Ilfochrome gets quite pricey, if you can find a lab doing it. I've not had good luck in that regard.
Otherwise there is the hybrid approach, which works well. The "lightjet" machines don't care if the original is a positive or negative, and the lab choices are nearly endless.
VanTuil Photo, here in Erie, will make prints from a digital minilab that prints onto photo paper via a laser system similar to a laser printer then runs it through developer like a normal photo The results can be good; virtually indistinguishable from a traditional print if done well but their paper only goes up to 13 inches wide.
I'd love to print my own color transparencies but, for the amount of color I do and the amount of time it would take me to get up to speed on color printing, the cost is prohibitive, both in time and money. In the long run, it will be cheaper for me to have my color photos done elsewhere.
Colorado is just crawling with landscape photographers and many of the pros use Denver Digital Imaging. One pro who has given me guidance uses them with great results from his 120 Velvia.
Find them at http://www.theslideprinter.com/