Let's explore a printing process using a digital darkroom. The steps are:
1. Take pictures using negative film.
1. Process the film.
1. Digitize the images.
1. Process the digital images using PhotoShop as the dark room.
1. Print the images with an ink jet printer.
1. Document the process on this web site.
We'll explore these topics one by one.
Take pictures with Leica using negative film
Many films are different than when I was last active in photography.
Here is a common line up today.
I'm going to elminate all film speeds except 100 and 400 for now. ASA
200 probably has too much grain an not enough speed.
Fuji and Kodak dominate the color 35 mm film world. At present I have
no preferences. As suggested below, Kodak seems to recommend Royal
Gold. Commonly available consumer types are:
- Kodak Max
Comes in ASA 400 and ASA 800 versions.
Kodak says: The simple choice for great pictures. Simple because it's
easy to choose; easy to use.
- Kodak Gold
Comes in ASA ASA 100 and ASA 200 speeds. My first 2 rolls through the
Leica was this emulsion.
Kodak says: Easy-to-use films for superior color pictures.
- Kodak Royal Gold
Available in ASA 100, 200 and 400 versions.
Kodak says: Honored as Best Color Negative Film and the European Color
Film of the Year (1997-1998). 2000 Foto Super Award -- Foto Magazine
calls ROYAL GOLD 400 Film the Best All Around 400 Speed Film of the
World. The patented advanced T-Grain® technology of these films
provides a superb balance between clarity, detail, and color for
Consumer Black and White
This market seems to be dominated by Ilford and Kodak. I shot
thousands of pictures with Plus-X and Tri-X from the 50's on. These
emulsions are still in use today. But there are enen more choices.
Drugstore processing seems to be a problem. As a result there are BW
films that are processed through the E-6 line. I've read that these
have similar archival qualities as color film. i.e. digitize them
- Kodak Black & White Film
- Kodak Portra
Kodak says: NC (natural color) and VC (vivid color); 100T, 160, 400
and 800-speeds. The PORTRA Film family yields consistently rich and
detailed negatives with neutrally balanced tone scale from shadows to
highlights. An emulsion overcoat and scanner friendly design make
PORTRA Films the perfect choice for photographers who scan their
Process the film
Print Using Ink-Jet Printer
Black and white printing is tough. See
Piezography Quadtones Compared for a review of bw printing using ink
* Paul Roark has done
some work in this area.
* Look at Epson 1200 printers with continuous flow inking systems.
The 1200 does not use chipped cartridges, so there is choices of
vendors for inks.
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