Black & White Photo Printing
Digital Black & White Silver gelatin papers
Black & White Fibre BasedHARMAN GALERIE FB DIGITAL is a real Baryta/Fibre based silver gelatin photographic paper based upon traditional B&W silver halide technology. It has panchromatic sensitivity optimised for tricolour laser enlargers such as Durst Lambda and Océ Lightjet. GALERIE FB DIGITAL has excellent D-Max, sharpness and surface finish that will give superb continuous tone black and white images or text from digital files prepared from either black and white or colour film negatives or positives, prints and digital originals.
Black & White Resin CoatedWe use ILFORD RC papers for our resin coated digital prints as we do for our hand printing; but with this service, we can print your digital images on a much larger scale. ILFORD Multigrade IV RC Deluxe paper is a premium quality black and white resin-coated paper with a bright base tint. We think it’s great for contact prints and test printing before a more expensive fibre-based paper. Plenty of our clients like to use this for experimentation as well. It offers a cool to neutral tone.
What is a genuine black and white print?We are the only photographic print lab in the UK where you can get genuine black and white photo prints online from digital files. We can give you a photographic print on real black and white photographic paper; that means no colour casts on your images, which you normally get when printing on a C Type paper. All our black and white Lambda prints are produced on genuine ILFORD black and white silver gelatin photographic paper, which is a real Baryta / Fibre based paper. With ‘resin coated’ papers, the prints have a consistent and neutral image tone and the paper offers fine tonal benefits including strong blacks and subtle highlight detail.
Black and White vs C Type PrintsC Type, black and white and Giclée prints are three very different printing processes, one is a digital photographic print, one is a 'true' black and white print and the other is an inkjet print. Choosing the right paper for your image is very important.
Black and white hand photographic printsA master printer will produce the finest traditional print from your photographic negative. Handprints are made in an enlarger, which holds your negative for light to be projected through onto your choice of light-sensitive photographic paper. Black and white photo papers are commonly known as Silver Gelatin or Bromide darkroom papers. The printer will make several tests initially before making your final print. They may use techniques like cropping, burning and dodging to frame your image correctly and get detail into the highlights and shadows. Once the photographic paper has been exposed, prints are hand processed in photographic chemicals, then washed and toned to archival standards.
Digital black and white silver gelatin prints are a Premier service only on both Bespoke and Self-service. If required the Bespoke service also includes an initial test print. The turnaround for each print or adjustment is three working days for prints from digital files.
The turnaround time for traditional Silver Gelatin darkroom prints from negatives is one week.