Monday, May 13, 2013

Silver Gelatin B&W Prints Direct From Digital Files

Led Zeppelin Portraits by Herb Greene
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I love to make monochrome images. I enjoy shooting black and white film, but I also really like doing digital conversions to black and white.
Digital Silver Imaging uses a laser enlarging system to produce real wet chemical silver gelatin prints directly from digital files. They can currently produce these prints up to 20" wide.
(Click Here) to go to Digital Silver's website.
Well, Digital Silver is using a Kickstarter campaign to increase their maximum print size to 48". This requires a significant investment in new equipment. If you contribute to the campaign (many levels of contribution available, from $15 to over $10,000, you can claim rewards varying from a small print from one of their existing images, to a limited edition set of portraits of the rock band Led Zeppelin, signed by photographer Herb Greene. Importantly, you can also contribute at levels that get you prints of your own images, or even high quality scans of your own negatives.
I like this campaign because it's not fighting the battle between film and digital. It's using the best technologies available to provide the highest quality traditional chemistry prints from digital files.
(Click Here) to go to the Kickstarter page for more information. The campaign ends on May 17, so hurry!
Disclaimer: I have no relationship or interest in Digital Silver Imaging. In fact, I've never even seen one of their prints. So, I'm trusting the descriptions they provide at the links I've provided above.