Thanks!!. I've never printed optically so I don't have a way to compare but the shots from my earlier post were pretty much straight scans. Other than adjusting final color balance and tone after the scan I don't do much. For scanning C-41 I have had the best results with Kodak Ektar or Porta and Fuji Pro 400H.
I do on occasion have to really work at it to get nice results. These are the toughest I've done. http://www.lamarlamb.com/On-Film/Fil...Music-Stars-in These were tough scans because of the wide range between highlights and darkest shadows. The film easily held all the detail in the shadows and highlights, it was tough getting it in a scan though. I had to use two scan passes to get all the detail, one exposed for highlights and one for shadows. Also, because the stage lighting was a single light pointed to the girl in the center I had to reduce the exposure in the center a bit in those shots to even the lighting across the entire frame. I'm not sure what the analogous optical printing process is exactly but I know I've read it is done quite often.
Originally Posted by Alan Klein
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