What does the Lambda do and why is this service so exciting for photographers?
We just set back up our Durst Lambda to operational status, but at the same time threw out the wet colour RA4 process. For us the gamut and options for inkjet printing far out step dye coupler prints. We use the lambda to produce direct silver gelatin prints from any source digital or film. In fact little known fact is that my company was the first company world wide to produce digital silver gelatin prints in 2002 four years before the big 5 labs in the world started offering the service.
The negatives we make are exciting as it allows people from artist run co ops, schools or private darkrooms the ability to make silver contact prints using a very simple setup that actually would work in someone’s kitchen or laundry or bathroom if you can get it light tight.
Imagine capture with a high-end digital device, edit in Light room or PS and get enlarged film made through us, and then go to your laundry room and if sharp enough make exhibition quality permanent prints.
What are the steps to submitting images?
We have a Hightail option for loading large files to us. You can use your own option as long as we do not have to go through sign up procedures to access your files. You can ship sticks, disks to us, or you can go Retro and drop in with your files.
If you have negative or positive that can be used as well and as stated above any capture method is ok.
We work in 8bit or 16 bit files for printing, you should work in 16 bit for editing your files, Adobe RGB is our working colour space. Flattened TIFFs are preferred over jpegs.
We apply the final late binding profile at the printer driver so there is no need for us to supply a profile. If it looks good in Adobe 1998 and you are confident your monitor is in decent shape, we can get good balance right away.
This is an area where the Press and Go Service can take away all issues as the inkjet technology we is extremely repeatable, so by ganging up a bunch of test prints you can easily see how your work flow is doing and make adjustments before the final print is executed.