Archived posting to the Leica Users Group, 2002/04/17

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Subject: Re: [Leica] [OT] Digital Darkroom and why? (was [OT] Color darkroom worth it?)
From: Steven Alexander <>
Date: Wed, 17 Apr 2002 12:26:36 -0400

> I would think that if quality is the most important issue, then printing
> the traditional way on Cibas is the only way to go.

You are correct, quality is the reason and the images produced from digital
worked images(film/scanned and corrected in Photoshop) and printed on inkjet
are better and infinitely repeatable than any chemical color print I have
ever had made. 

> But if speed and or
> cost is an issue, I would think that a Digital Darkroom is the way to
> go.  If you would like the best of both worlds, would manipulating the
> image in the Digital Darkroom then sending it to a lab to print it on
> photographic paper be the way to go?

Cost comes into play only when you factor in the savings by you preparing
the file over some lab trying to meet your requirements for the image
several times in traditional lab work. And the cost saving on multiple print
orders is impressive.
Speed giving my client a test print that is damn good is worth a lot.
> Sam
> P.S.  There is another very important reason for printing color in a
> traditional darkroom.  Because you love it.  Or your annual like me:)
Who loves hazardous chemicals?

Happy snaps,
Steven Alexander

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