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Encyclopedia > Digital minilab

A digital minilab is a computer printer that uses traditional chemical photographic processes to make prints of digital images. Photographs are input to the digital minilab using a built-in film scanner that captures images from negative and positive photographic films (including mounted slides), flatbed scanners image scanner, a kiosk that accepts CD-ROMs or memory cards from a digital camera, or a website that accepts uploads. The operator can make many corrections such as brightness or color saturation, contrast, scene lighting color correction, sharpness and cropping. A laser or Micro Light Valve Array (MLVA) then exposes photographic paper with the image, which is then processed by the minilab just as if it had been exposed from a negative. A computer printer is a computer peripheral device that produces a hard copy (permanent human-readable text and/or graphics, usually on paper) from data stored in a computer connected to it. ... Lens and mounting of a large format camera Wikibooks has more about this subject: Photography Photography is the process of making pictures by means of the action of light. ... A digital image is a representation of a two-dimensional image as a finite set of digital values, called picture elements or pixels. ... Desktop scanner, with the lid raised. ... a pagoda-like kiosk in Lausanne. ... The CD-ROM (an abbreviation for Compact Disc Read-Only Memory (ROM)) is a non-volatile optical data storage medium using the same physical format as audio compact discs, readable by a computer with a CD-ROM drive. ... A 32 MB High Speed CompactFlash Type I card A memory card or flash memory card is a solid-state electronic flash memory data storage devices used with digital cameras, handheld and laptop computers, telephones, music players, video game consoles, and other electronics. ... A SiPix digital camera next to a matchbox to show scale. ... The front page of the English Wikipedia Website. ... This article is about the computer terms. ... Brightness is an attribute of visual perception in which a source appears to emit a given amount of light. ... Scale of saturation (0% at bottom). ... The range of sizes in which lasers exist is immense, extending from microscopic diode lasers (top) to football field sized neodymium glass lasers (bottom) used for inertial confinement fusion. ... Until the advent of digital photographic processes, the sole meaning of Photographic Paper was paper coated with light-sensitive chemicals. ... In photography, a negative is a rectangle of material (nowadays usually photographic film) coated with chemicals that, upon photographic exposure, cause the material to record the colors or monochromatic shades of the scene in inverse, negative form. ...

Digital minilabs are too expensive for typical home use, but many stores purchase or lease them to offer photo printing services to their customers. The resulting photographs have the same quality and durability as traditional photographs since the same processes are used. This is often better than can be achieved by typical home inkjet printers. The printing cost is often less than ink jet printers for small photographs, but often not for larger ones. Ink jet printers are the most common type of computer printer; and industry and commerce also use them extensively for special-purpose applications. ...

To learn more about minilabs and access technical help and a 1 hour photo lab owners forum you can visit www.minilabworld.com.

  Results from FactBites:
Blame The Minilab? - - PopPhotoMay 2004 (325 words)
Finally, digital minilabs arrived, automatically dodging and burning, sharpening, and removing color casts from my film photos (for more info, see “The Proof Is In The Prints,” August 2003).
Apparently, the processing brain built into the average digital minilab has been designed exclusively for handling film scans made by the unit's built-in scanner.
But when a file from a digital camera or a homemade film scan enters the digital minilab system, the otherwise brilliant image processor doesn't know where to begin.
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