Is it possible to produce a high quality 4x5 transparency from a high resolution digital file?
It is possible. You use a film recorder, although I am not sure what film recorder would be up to the task and who would have them--I am not thinking there is a great demand for this.
I guess the question would be why?
There used to be a vibrant market for film recorders. Not so much anymore, but still a few out there. We recently installed a digital back at BOX in NYC; they have a film recorder they are still actively using for the small but high-end niche that wants that kind of service.
As to why: one reason is so that you can use traditional processes with a digitally captured image (or a film image scanned, manipulated digitally). Some people also view film as a better long term archiving option (I disagree, but I understand the appeal/argument) but that's neither here nor there.
I did a good amount of cyanotype printing from digital files in Miami and Australia. Not so much since I moved to the northeast. That process doesn't require a lot of resolution in the transparent medium so I just printed on acetate.
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Doug, I was really wondering why Dan wanted to convert the image to film. I understand there are reasons for it.
Thanks Doug. That was great info!
Shashin, The simple answer is - I'm not sure why I would want it! The thought came about when I read an article about a couple renovating there old house in Lund, Sweden. Ripping out the wooden floor in the attic revealed thousands of hidden photographs on glas. Later known to be shot between 1885-1910. They were in excellent condition and are now part of a large photography collection at the Museum of Lund.
Imagine finding a 100 year old USB stick with Tiff files. Who could read those at that new day and age?
Also I must admit that just to handle a good 4x5 transparency beats looking at a screen.....
Now atleast I know it is possible
Dan, if you are thinking of archiving, do not leave your files on a USB stick. However, TIFF will be good.
This archiving issue is really important. But it is one that you find out about when it does not work.
Converting to 4x5" slide film and then use a 4x5" slide projector to present your images would show a high res image on the wall unlike any digital projector can do? That could be one use. It's also really delightful just looking at slides on the light table.
If you are considering hybrid processes where a print is the final output, a larger transparency and contact printing is a lot easier to work with. No need for a film recorder, just print on clear film using an inkjet printer.
It would have been great if we could have made dye-transfer matrices with an ink-jet technology.
wonder any users here playing Pictorico to transfer digital file back into wet printing?
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I've used Pictorico for some hybrid prints. First C/M/Y on the inkjet, then a contact print from a neg printed on Picorico (platinum process). There's plenty of material out there on how to do it. Results range from "fun" to interesting to artistic.