Film Photography: How any could masrer film and darkroom work?

Started Jul 24, 2014 | Discussions thread
bford Senior Member • Posts: 1,489
Re: Film Photography: How any could masrer film and darkroom work?

Mark Smith wrote:

bford wrote:

stevo23 wrote:

star shooter wrote:

Look how the wedding photog. industry has suffered from el cheapo digital shutterbugs. More and more of the profession is being lost to those who think because they have a wiz bang setup, they're God's gift to the art. How pathetic.

I've seen so much wedding crap lately that it's sad. But when you consider what professional wedding photographers used to charge, it's no wonder! You get what you pay for and most people are happy with what they're getting.

Yep, even slightly better than average labs for your personal prints used to charge crazy prices. Unless you did your own printing photography of the past was always full of ridiculous prices.

Even today you get some doing the same thing, Look at what this lab charges to print to Fuji Crystal Archive for a 5x7. $4.45! LOL that is madness.

Looks like a one off print. Back in the day most photographers used labs that had package printers.

You normally sent them in for very high quality 5x5 (proof) 8x8 or 10x10 the cost (as far as I remember for my Lab) was £9.99, £14.99 and £19.99 respectively.

For that you'd get colour matched across each frame; so very high quality prints far better than any minilab of the time could offer.

It would have been crazy to have printed them yourself, probably would have cost far more with much worse quality–without factoring in the time to make the hundred or so fully matched prints all presented in an album.

The four Agfa package printers I ran could output 1000 rolls of 120 a week with 28 staff including two Kodak trained colour graders who were so experienced they knew exactly what each customer wanted and deliver that consistently was no easy task.

Certainly not one a hobbyist do it a home could manage-I'd hate to have to do an eight roll 120 to 8x8" wedding on a Durst and Jobo-Sheesh!

that lab is not back in the day though, it is a lab running today asking those crazy prices. I 5x7 doesn't justify such a ridiculous price. $4.45 for 1 5x7! That's so crazy it's laughable. You can get high quality prints on the same paper that are indistinguishable to their $4.45 print for a small fraction of the price.

but going back in the day, I was actually referring to what the consumer, including hobbyists, had to pay. Getting high quality prints was prohibitively expensive. Thankfully digital has swept away most of the price gouging that went on back then and made photography much more accessible to everyone.

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