Poor RichieRotten, getting backhanded with just one post.
Now here's the dissenting voice. Slide projectors are passé. More trouble than they are worth and slides do not need "frequent projection to stop them fading". A furphy perpetuated by Kodak long ago.
With this agreeable statement, you're actually taking the high and intelligent road to viewing your work for perpetuity, instead of for 10 minutes with beer and chips:
[...] I am desperate to find someone who can produce high quality scans with the eventual aim of having my photos printed and hanging on the wall behind glass.
THIS is the way to go. I tossed out two projectors in 1998, concentrating solely on printing, framing and...selling (Ilfochrome Classic). I admire your forward plans that bravely transcend this fanciful notion that slides always, always look better when projected, rather than what you can do with displaying prints made to show under spots. That's what the majority of slide-to-print photographers are doing today. Think for a moment about the sensation that was justifiably caused by 3 metre wide Ilfochrome Classic pano prints, defunct now of course; if you can find any in a gallery anywhere in the UK that has these beauties on display, do make the effort to go along and see how they make a bold and enduring statement on the viewer. I'll bet that's what you want of your own work, too.
Re labs. Two years I had some communication with a guy by the name of Boyd in the UK who was at the time experimenting with the continuation of Ilfochrome Classic print production. I'm wondering if he offers the steps you are searching for (which, incidentally was never a part of Ilfochrome Classic printing). I think he is in Essex. I suggest you Google for Professional Photographic Labs that offer A to D services, with a specialist stream of production from transparencies. Just ensure that your slides are well exposed, preferably with a 0.3 to 0.5 stop (+) bias to counter the loss of an equivalent stop at the print stage (you didn't mention what format you are using: 35mm presents its own challenges and constraints while medium format opens up a whole new world). Take along your work to the lab you have chosen and discuss carefully what you want, how and how much you are looking at. You may have to rely on the postal system to send things in and get them back; this is a problem because you need to ready and avail yourself to proofing and close communication. Once you find a pro-lab that works well with you, and you with them — stick to it.
“The photographer must determine how he wants the finished print to look before he exposes the negative.
Before releasing the shutter, he must seek 'the flame of recognition,' a sense that the picture would reveal
the greater mystery of things...more clearly than the eyes see." ~Edward Weston, 1922.
Um, passe or not, there is little of anything that beats a projected slides, and projectors are CHEAP today.
Sure you can do the other stuff. Of course projecting doesn't keep them from fading - in fact the intense light exposure and some heat will accelerate it, though I suppose the heat might also help keep fungus and humidity down if they aren't properly stored.
But they look great.
If you can't get them printed through the lab directly, make sure your monitor is calibrated to the printer you will use. If you don't your prints will fail to meet your expectations. The first thing, though, is try a lab.
If you'd really like them printed right, you can try http://www.photostudio13.de/ in Stuttgart, Germany. They still do Ilfochrome printing. That way you can support a good company and help keep analog alive!
Dude, film is passe. Fashions have nothing to do with the physical qualities of any particular medium, except for Ilfochrome which is not commercially available except for 2 or 3 labs worldwide with leftover paper stocks and therefore not something to recommend to a newbie!
As to printing techniques, there are still none (not even Ilfochrome) that can match the presentation dynamic range of a slide. Prints are far easier to share and view than slides and that's why I primarily shoot C41 instead of E6, but we can't pretend that prints are as good as projected chromes.
If prints are what you want instead of the ultimate in quality - that's the decision that I made - then shoot C41. It's easier, produces higher quality prints (RA4 or hybrid/digital) and with more flexibility. You do lose the ability to look at strings of beautiful little jewels coming back from the lab though
Slide projector provide better color and range on brightness that scanned and the projected digital images.
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Nothing beats a great piece of glass!
I leave the digital work for the urologists and proctologists.
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I haven't used much slide film, and of course have the lab scan it, print it, and put it on CD - I don't want to pull out a projector every time I view them (I often just flip through my memories).
However, I have every intention of projecting them. You really can't beat that.
I find HDTV's presents HD photos very well because they are backlit. The other advantage is it's easy to just switch on a
slide show on the HDTV before your guests become aware what you're up too. With slide projectors, as soon as your guests see you pull out the projector to show them 30 minutes of your last boring vacation, they get a sudden headache, grab their coat and tell you they have to go home to rest, even skipping the great desert you prepared. With HDTV's, you slip it in during the half time out.
Not all HDTV displays are equal - I always wonder about the image quality of the $99 HDVT sets sold in 'Black Friday' sales.
That's why I don't visit people with HDTVs, lol. They usually also have a digital camera with huge storage, so the slide shows are so much longer.
Originally Posted by Alan Klein
Just wanted to point out the resolution of most HD TVs is 1920x1080 pixels, which is 2.1 megapixels. Not even close to the resolution of a projected slide, unfortunately! But good enough for most purposes and a big improvement over the previous generation of TVs.
Originally Posted by Truzi