Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 1998/06/21

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Subject: Re: [Leica] Prints from slide film (off topic)
From: Eric Welch <>
Date: Sun, 21 Jun 1998 21:23:45 -0500

At 09:17 PM 6/21/98 -0400, you wrote:

>in my area so I have never seen the results from it.  I thought all
>publications still insist on slides for stock photography. How do they
>get transfers which seem great to the printed page?  I was disappointed
>by the computer generated prints in that they lacked depth and
>"transparency" which is exactly what we covet with our expensive Leica

Not all publications require slides now. Not even National Geographic,
though that by far is still the preference. I just did a freelance job for
a New York ad agency, and they required slide film. So it's still there.
But not from knowledge, or qualitative differences between films any more.
There are neg films that are fabulous in quality, and with the right
program (Photoshop) and printer (very expensive dye-sub) you can make
prints the equal or better than most custom labs can do. And in that
context, negative film is actually better in some ways. It handles contrast
much better than slide film. Shadow detail is much better in harsh
conditions. Much easier to control.

But there is a beauty in slides that I still love. My more pleasing to
edit. Easier to find in an archive (non-computer) and they have a look when
projected that is magic. I've seen some modern slide films that are
amazingly good compared to the past. Astia is very nice. Neutral and
handles contrast very well. But it's EXPENSIVE!

With masking and internegs and other tricks, slides can be made into prints
with Ilfochrome and other methods. But if you shoot slides, you really are
missing the fun if you don't have a projector. And a good one! If you want
prints as the end result, get to know some good negative films.
- -- 

Eric Welch
St. Joseph, MO

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