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Popular brands of ‘Digital Minilab’

| Blog, News | September 18, 2013

The price of a digital minilab can reach up to Rs.1 Crore. A minilab, such as a Doli DL 1210 has a print resolution of 520dpi, accepts BMP, JPEG, and TIFF formats, and can print up to 8in by 12in.
The most popular brands include
  1. KIS
  2. Noritsu
  3. Doli
  4. Fuji.



| Blog, News | August 25, 2013

A minilab is a small photographic developing and printing system, as opposed to large centralized photo developing labs. Many retail stores use minilabs (or digital minilabs) to provide on-site photo finishing services.

With the increase in popularity of digital photography, the demand for film development has decreased. This means that the larger labs capable of processing 30 or 40 thousand films a day are going out of business, and more retailers are installing minilabs.

In Kodak and Agfa minilabs films are processed using C41b chemistry and the paper is processed using RA-4. Using these chemical processes films can be ready for collection in as little as 20 minutes, depending on the machine capabilities and the operator.

A typical minilab consists of two machines, a film processor and a paper printer/processor. In some installations, these two components are integrated into a single machine. In addition, some digital minilabs are also equipped with photo ordering kiosks.

Example: A Noritsu QSS-3301 digital minilab

Photography paper printing types

| Blog, News | June 5, 2013

  1. Metallic Paper
  2. Glossy Paper
  3. Matte Paper
  4. Luster Paper
  5. Deep Matte Flat


Noritsu-3201-3202-3401-3402-3701-3704 printer

| Blog, News | May 17, 2013

Noritsu America Corporation is the North American company that sells, distributes and repairs photo-processing machines designed and manufactured by Noritsu Koki Co., Ltd. of Wakayama,Japan. Founded in 1978, the American company has a dedicated sales, technical-support, and field-support staff based in Buena Park, California.

Noritsu printer-paper processors (called minilabs) are typically designated a model number beginning with “QSS” followed by a number which increases with each new model. As of August, 2007, the newest Noritsu minilab are the QSS-37 series. Noritsu film processors for both C-41 negative and E-6 slide films are typically designated QSF, followed by a letter/number combination. Machines that use Kodak’s ‘SM’ chemical cartridges will also have ‘SM’ appended to the model number

Noritsu is unique among companies that produce 1-hour photofinishing equipment in that they do not produce consumer photographic products such as film, photographic paper and chemistry. Because of this, Noritsu has allied itself with the Eastman Kodak corporation, which produces film, photographic paper and chemistry, but not photofinishing equipment. In the past, some Noritsu models have been re-branded and sold by Kodak as their own equipment. More recently, Noritsu has sold their digital minilabs under their own name, but with Kodak’s software (called DLS for Digital Lab System) providing image processing and a user interface, rather than Noritsu’s own software. Machines with Kodak DLS software typically have the last digit in their model number changed to add 2 (i.e. a QSS-3011 will be called a QSS-3013 with Kodak DLS.) Additionally, Noritsu sold and supported Kodak’s “Picture Maker” kiosks when they were first introduced in the mid 1990s.

Noritsu equipment works with different brands paper and chemistry including Kodak, Fuji or Trebla.

Noritsu printer-paper processors are designed for color photographic prints, but can be modified to print black and white. This procedure involves removing the yellow and cyan dichroic filters (the magenta filter is retained for a contrast filter) and replacing the heaters which warm the RA-4 color developer with a chiller.

Although Noritsu has typically produced minilabs that utilize traditional silver halide papers and photographic exposure systems, since 2003, in partnership with Epson, inkjet printing systems have been added to the product line. Noritsu refers to them as “digital dry printers” and designated them with a model number beginning with “dDP” (sic.).

In March 2006, Noritsu and Fuji announced a strategic alliance. Noritsu now manufactures all of Fuji’s photofinishing hardware. Each company produces its own software.

Popular photo printer models are Noritsu-3201-3202-3401-3402-3701-3704 printers

Tripod photography

| Blog, News | April 25, 2013


In photography, a tripod is used to stabilize and elevate a camera, a flash unit, or other photographic equipment. All photographic tripods have three legs and a mounting head to couple with a camera. The mounting head usually includes a thumbscrew that mates to a female threaded receptacle on the camera, as well as a mechanism to be able to rotate and tilt the camera when it is mounted on the tripod. Tripod legs are usually made to telescope, in order to save space when not in use. Tripods are usually made from aluminum, carbon fiber, steel, wood or plastic.

Camera development

| Blog, News | April 2, 2013


First step towards color photography

| Blog, News | March 29, 2013

“Photographic darkroom with safelight”

The first permanent color photograph was taken in 1861 using the three-color-separation principle first published by physicist James Clerk Maxwell in 1855. Maxwell’s idea was to take three separate black-and-white photographs through red, green and blue filters. This provides the photographer with the three basic channels required to recreate a color image.

Black and white Photography

| Blog, News | March 3, 2013

All photography was originally monochrome, or black-and-white. Even after color film was readily available, black-and-white photography continued to dominate for decades, due to its lower cost and its “classic” photographic look. The tones and contrast between light and dark shadows define black and white photography.It is important to note that some monochromatic pictures are not always pure blacks and whites, but also contain other hues depending on the process. The cyanotype process produces an image composed of blue tones. The albumen process, first used more than 150 years ago, produces brown tones.

Many photographers continue to produce some monochrome images, often because of the established archival permanence of well processed silver halide based materials. Some full color digital images are processed using a variety of techniques to create black and whites, and some manufacturers produce digital cameras that exclusively shoot monochrome.

First Photograph taken with Camera in 1826.

| Blog, News | February 16, 2013

First permanent photograph from nature taken with a camera obscura, in 1826. Printed from a metal plate made by Joseph Nicéphore Niépce with his “heliographic process”. The plate was exposed under an ordinary engraving and copied it by photographic means

What is Photography ?

| Blog, News | January 2, 2013

Photography (derived from the Greek photos- for “light” and -graphos for “drawing”) is theart, science, and practice of creating durable images by recording light or otherelectromagnetic radiation, either chemically by means of a light-sensitive material such asphotographic film, or electronically by means of an image sensor. Typically, a lens is used to focus the light reflected or emitted from objects into a real image on the light-sensitive surface inside a camera during a timed exposure. The result in an electronic image sensor is an electrical charge at each pixel, which is electronically processed and stored in a digital image file for subsequent display or processing.

The result in a photographic emulsion is an invisible latent image, which is later chemically developed into a visible image, either negative or positive depending on the purpose of the photographic material and the method of processing. A negative image on film is traditionally used to photographically create a positive image on a paper base, known as a print, either by using an enlarger or by contact printing.