Good Places for Photo Prints

Recorded on December 4th, 2016

I made these notes from Episode 155 of the Film Photography Podcast, when they got to talking about the places they liked for photo prints (either from film negatives or from digital files):

Mpix (or their parent company, Miller’s)
Good prices, and they use Fuji Crystal Archive paper.

For black & white:

  • The Darkroom does true black and white Ilford RC prints. And their dye-sub stuff is good, doesn’t scratch, and it lasts.
  • Digital Silver Imaging in Massachusetts. They do Lambda prints onto black and white Ilford fiber paper (and they also do Ilford RC paper).
  • Blue Moon Camera does optical printing.
  • Edgar Praus at Praus Productions in Rochester does optical printing. Can do dodge & burn, proofs, and hand color printing.

The important point is to print stuff more often. You can tweak your images to your liking in Photoshop or Lightroom and give a good lab the TIFF or JPG to print. This makes me want to not get 4x6 prints of all of my negatives when I get film processed. Just get high quality scans made, tweak them in Photoshop or Lightroom, upload the best ones to The Darkroom or Mpix, and get just those made into bigger, nicer prints (and show them!).

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