I found an online photofinisher that does 75 free 4x6" prints, all the time, so I pay just shipping. They make the profits with all the more "gimmicky" stuff, as photobooks, albums, calendar and photo gifts. Meanwhile, I've printed just about all the snaps I have worthy for printing. Given some prints of friends to them. They like it.
And got printed some scans and files to Fuji Pearl paper (metallic), ironically, half of them were shot with kodachrome, so probably the original will outlast the print.
My dad loves his picture with a forest backdrop I took 3 years ago.
A rather overlooked feature that fuji minilabs have (at least both of the photofinishers above) is that they an print the name of the file at the back but all labs I know don't advertise it. Makes for perfect captions. Such as date+location.
Our current generation (I am 18) doesn't mind printing. An acquittance told me last summer "it's expensive, I just put them on Facebook and there it goes"... That triggered my interest in printing... Is it really that expensive? Perhaps but on smaller big sizes (A4/8x10) and for the worthy stuff, IMO, not.
Anyways, most of the cameraphones are ideous for prints. I suppose the high end smartphones are fine up to 5x7" on good light however.
I once lost two different folders of photos. One was of a school event and I got upset. Another would deem to be important as one of the persons (family friend) snapped would die at a young age (40s)... And we had almost no more pictures of her!
Boy this hit home.. Last week my Seagate 1 TB HD went belly up. Nearly had an heart attack. I work a phot lab at a AF base. My boss is a tech savy guy and he offered to stick the HD in a toaster device. After using a technique by using enersia, we got the plates to read and drop the digital images and other thing of importance on his computer and then tranfered them on a MAC My Passport Hd drive. It was scary..Before that, I call Disk Saver in San Fran in California and they qouted me a min of $750.00 to retrieve data. I dodged a bullet. I guess the closes thing to archival is photographic negitives. Unless they fall victim to water or fire. I was thinking..? How many layer of back up do you need? It seem infinant!! So yhea.. print your better things and go back to acid free photo Albums.
I should mention too. That I had minor mis happen in dark room. I tipped over my beer on some of negs. I took them out quickly rinsed them trough some photo flo and dried them. They are OK. After that.. I realized that I need to put thing away so that doesn't happen again.
Oh the irony.
Last night I went to dev the two B+W (9x12 apx100) shots I did on the weekend, in my 3-reel paterson and Mod54.
I've heard some stories about people using these too violently and the film slipping out.
So I was so careful, did a Rodinal 1hr semi-stand, no inversions just the occasional roll along the benchtop, same for the stop and the fixer. (I know they were fine after the fixer cos I took a peep before washing, still in place in the holder)
But then I was washing, and was too violent, the film slipped out of the holder, and with rolling it along the bench the Mod54 rolled around inside and put a nice big scratch along both (of course, 1/3rd from the top, right where the faces are).
So there's the digital karma gods getting angry with me, negatives aren't infallible either. (but yes, totally my fault, I'll only make that mistake once).
I'll pick up the Porta and Astia from Atkins today, hopefully there's something salvageable there...
Iím a fan of inkjet printing because now it is becoming really good and better than much darkroom stuff. If you work with alternative processes, you quite often reach chemical stages where the image changes colour, fogs, etc. But hey presto, scan it and print ink jet and we are into another ball park. This is where digital is an enhancement of the chemical process. No either or but a useful addition.
This thread was semi-timely for me, so thank you for starting it. I recently acquired a Mamiya RB67 for cheap, and have shot 5-6 rolls of various film with it. I really like how the big negatives scan but haven't got 'round to printing. Reading this, I got off my duff and brought my darkroom back to life last night. My Dektol was brown but it still worked (the powder was, I mean, I try and keep the bag airtight and only use what I need for a print session) and after 3 misprints I got a nice image to hang and dry, and I was only up til a quarter after midnight. Ah the joys of a non-light-tight laundry darkroom. :)
What an amazing machine, that RB67, and a lovely print of an old steam engine. Thanks for the prompt to get me going!