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Duplicate Slides

Greetings to my Orchid friends. How do you deal with the requirements
of having multiple slides of your work?

Currently as I am shooting my work I take multiple exposures so that
I have duplicate original slides of each piece. These slides can then
be sent to a gallery, a show jury or a reference library. There are
many instances [usually connected with a show] that the slides will
not be returned. Eventually I could end up with a single slide for
archive.

In the past I have not been impressed with having a duplicate slide
produced. I have done this very rarely because I was unhappy with a
color shift and/or loss of focus. To be fair, this was many years ago
before the electronic formats of today.

I must say that I have used the big yellow machine at my photo
center to produce an electronic print from a slide and I was quite
impressed with the results. I have not gone from slide to slide
though.

What are your experiences?

Thanks in advance
Orchid Rules!
Karla in So.
California

How do you deal with the requirements of having multiple slides of
your work? 

Hi Karla,

I went the route of multiple original slides (up to ten shots). The
problem then arises that you may not like the first one, and end up
with a handful of slides you won’t use. I tried a new photographer
who I won’t be using again.

By the way, Karen Christians of MetalWerx turned me onto a great
jewelry photographer: Robert Diamante, in Portland, Maine. The
logistics of using a distant photographer are tough, but I’ve never
had a slide from him that wasn’t stunning. He also did a lot of the
photography for Tim McCreight’s Boxes and Lockets book.

Anyway, as far as duplicating slides, I’ve had disappointing
results, too, from a high-end camera shop. I finally discovered a
local place called Quality Chrome, which is like a service bureau for
graphics work. They do a great job duplicating slides and scanning
them, as well. Turnaround time is about three days unless you pay a
little extra for a rush job. You may be able to find a similar
business in your yellow pages (business phone directory).

I’ve recently tried out a local photographer who has an all-digital
setup that runs in the $40k range. Great work… but way too
expensive for my budget. He’s going to be giving me the name of a
place in Atlanta that will make conventional slides from the digital
image. I suspect they would also do a good job at slide duplication.
I’ll forward that when I receive it.

All the best,

Dave

Dave Sebaste
Sebaste Studio and
Carolina Artisans’ Gallery
Charlotte, NC (USA)
dave@sebaste.com

Hi Karla,

I generally use a digital camera for shooting my photos, which has
advantages and disadvantages as compared to film. When I need
slides, I go to a shop that specializes in high end photo
development, not the typical photo processing shop designed for
shapshot photography. My suggestion is to go to a similar shop,
perhaps one associated with a store that carries a wide range of
professional photo equipment. Have them make slides from your
negatives. Just a thought.

JoAnna Kelleher, Director of Operations
Pearl Exotics Trading Company
www.pearlexotics.com

Dear Karla, A & I Color Lab; 933 North Highland (store #1; store #2
is a few blocks away {but don’t have the address} where they
actually work with you hands-on); Hollywood, CA; 323-856-5255.
They’ll tell you the address of store #2 and the correct phone for
that store. As I remember, they transferred the call when we first
called them. They do a beautiful job reproducing almost anything.
My daughter has had a lot of slides, plates, etc. repro’d there and
was very happy. Not cheap, but you’ll understand why when you get
your work back. A slide lab in Pasadena, CA sent us there. What a
find! Originally, I sent slide film there to get developed. . .all
by mail, credit card, etc.

Good luck!
Kay Taylor

    Dear Karla, A & I Color Lab; 933 North Highland (store #1;
store #2 is a few blocks away {but don't have the address} where
they actually work with you hands-on); Hollywood, CA; 323-856-5255.
Good luck! 

A & I is one of the top photo labs in the country. Most of the top
US and foreign advertising agencies, movie, tv studios and
photographers use A & I.

A & I does developement, slides, color, duplications,
enlargements…any size…and have many other amazing services.
They also have a separate black and white lab. I have used them
since the 80’s, and never been dissapointed. An unpaid advertisement
from a happy customer.

Cheers! Lisa, ( tomatoes, eggplants, zucchini, chard, lettuce,
onions, tomatillos, peppers, herbs, chickens and 20 varieties of
chilis all producing like crazy), Topanga, CA USA

 By the way, Karen Christians of MetalWerx turned me onto a great
jewelry photographer: Robert Diamante, in Portland, Maine. The
logistics of using a distant photographer are tough, but I've
never had a slide from him that wasn't stunning. He also did a lot
of the photography for Tim McCreight's Boxes and Lockets book. 

Hi Dave, I agree- I believe Robert Diamante is one of the best
Jewelry Photographers on the planet. He really cares to get the shot
right- and is a delight to work with. He has photographed at least 4
of Tim McCreight’s books. You can also see some of his work on my
website. contact info: www.robertdiamante.com Robert Diamante
(207)847-0587

When I need something shot RIGHT, I put away my digital camera and
take it to Robert. From a happy customer, Kate Wolf in Portland, Maine
http://www.katewolfdesigns.com