Artists, photographers, and members of the general public can produce work at LATITUDE in one of two ways. They can either come to the lab to produce the work themselves with our oversight and assistance (the DIY/self-service/"you do it" option) or they can commission LATITUDE's staff to produce the work for them (the service bureau/full-service/"we do it" option). Complete information about LATITUDE's service bureau printing and scanning options are below. To learn more about the lab in general, please visit the Lab Space page.
LATITUDE is a small arts nonprofit committed to providing you with the best possible production at the lowest possible costs.
When you work with us your money goes towards our mission of supporting Chicago's creative community.
Whether you're interested in ordering a single print or enough prints for an entire show, we're here to help! We use the lab's designed production environment, variety of high-end software and equipment, and a workflow that emphasizes custom color management to create museum-quality prints for you.
The first step is getting in touch and letting us know how many images you'd like printed, what sizes you'd like them to be, and what paper you'd like to use (if you're unsure about sizes or papers we're happy to offer suggestions). Next, we'll produce a test strip for each of your images. After you've had a chance to stop by, view the test strip(s), and request any necessary adjustments, we'll go ahead and get the prints ready for you. Final prints, rolled in glassine, are typically ready within 72 hours of your initial order.
Our service bureau print pricing is determined by the square footage of the final image size. Please note that there two prices per size depending on what paper you choose. We offer several varieties of standard paper (e.g. from Epson) and fine art paper (e.g. from Hahnemühle FineArt). If you're still deciding on a paper, please get in touch to see what we have in stock OR stop by the lab and look through our in-house Paper Encyclopedia! Prints on standard papers are $15.00 per square foot, while prints on fine art papers are $18.00 per square foot. The costs for some traditional sizes are below. Please note that Piezography printing (a speciality black and white process) uses a different type of ink and has slightly higher service bureau costs. To request a quote for Piezography printing or any other service bureau work, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
|STANDARD PAPER||FINE ART PAPER|
|8 x 10 in||$8.33||$10.00|
|11 x 14 in||$16.04||$19.25|
|16 x 20 in||$33.33||$40.00|
|20 x 24 in||$50.00||$60.00|
|24 x 30 in||$75.00||$90.00|
|30 x 40 in||$125.00||$150.00|
|40 x 50 in||$208.33||$250.00|
|50 x 60 in||$312.50||$375.00|
|60 x 70 in||$437.50||$525.00|
While we have a variety of scanning equipment, drum scanners provide the best possible scans of negatives and transparencies. Pricing and complete information about our drum scanning workflow is below.
8mm to 4”x5”: $60 per negative for a 1 gigabyte file (Color), or 350mb (B&W). (up to 350megapixels)
8”x10”: $150 per negative for a 1 gigabyte file (Color), or 350mb (B&W). (up to 400megapixels)
Discount for bulk scanning of 10+ negatives. Email email@example.com for details. Higher resolutions are possible at a premium.
- All scans are 16 bit.
- Dusting (white dust and air bubbles) is performed at 25% magnification, and all scans are inspected for sharpness and tonal depth.
- Negatives are brought to RAW positive state (linear scans). Any further post production is charged at an hourly rate upon request.
- 72 hour turnaround from film drop-off time. We are fully equiped to handle bulk jobs with longer time tables, please call for details.
How We Scan
We utilize a RAW scanning workflow using both a Scanmate 5000 and an 11000. This equipment can generate resolutions up to 11,000 pixels per inch, with a minimum variable aperture opening of 3 microns. Our scans reproduce the utmost potential of your film original. Our goal is to precisely scan the grain structure of a piece of film and represent that physicality as closely as possible in digital form. Exact resolution is dependent on the size and grain structure of the film.
The Fuji Frontier SP3000 powers through rolls of 35mm and medium format in a matter of minutes, producing digital images with a maximum resolution of 20 megapixels. Tonally, it tends towards pastel colors reminiscent of traditional darkroom prints. 48-72 hour turnaround from pick-up of processed film from our partners at CSW.
If you drop off a roll of film at CSW, you can now get scans made for each roll too. We take care of picking up and dropping off your film back at CSW after the scans are made, so no extra traveling or hassle for you. For film developing prices, please refer to the CSW website.
Clients are responsible for scheduling with us well ahead of their required completion date. Our stated completion time requirements are non-negotiable. Rush jobs can result in fees with costs dependent upon the timeframe and complexity of the work created. A safe rule of thumb is to get in touch with us sooner rather than later!
Invoicing and Payment
Invoices that include variable work, such as hour-based labor, may not represent an original job-quote due to additional labor as requested by the client. All large jobs over $1000 require pre-payment of 50% in advance of the start of the job. We accept payments by check, credit card, cash, and money-order. Work will not be transferred to the client until payment is complete.
Limit of Liability
While we are extremely careful in handling and safekeeping all film, prints, digital files, and client art, LATITUDE is not liable for any loss or damage that may occur while those materials are in our possession. Clients are responsible for picking up all of their materials upon completion of the work. We are not responsible for any materials left at the lab for more than 30 days.