Lab Tips

Lab Tip#1.

We are heading fast in to the season otherwise known, not as summer, but wedding season.

Choosing a location can be a daunting task whether you are a photographer or being photographed. We have listed some beautiful locations in and around the Winnipeg area. We advise calling any potential spots to learn about user fees and schedules. Often times you need to pre-book your location in some of the more popular areas.

St. Boniface Basilica / Red River College – The Exchange Campus / Legislative Grounds (On Assiniboine) / The Forks / Oak Hammock Marsh / Birds Hill Park / Fort Whyte Alive / Whittier Park / Kildonan Park / Assiniboine Park / The Charleswood Forest / St. Norbert / Somewhere along the Seine River / Beaudry Park……


This image was shot by Rick Friesen inside the Red River College – The Exchange Campus.


















What’s hot? Smart phones that take outlandishly great pictures! Old is new and new is old as smart phone apps like Instagram are becoming the “new vintage”. However, in this brave new world the question is begged, “how to accommodate the medium of analogue photography in the digital realm?”.  Artist Susan Dobson sees an “evolving dialogue between these two worlds in which her search is for ‘a place where you can employ new technologies while still acknowledging a material past’” (Border Crossings 119.3.30 (2011):89. Print.) While the beauty of apps and the instant pleasure of image taking is irresistible, can we take it farther than a 1 second viewing with friends on social media platforms? What about considering these images as printable art? Can we bridge the gap between worlds and suspend the history we make? Yes. iphones creates a 14.5mb file when uncompressed. BlackBerry 9mb. ipods, a little over 1mb. However, easily create frame worthy prints and canvas mounted wall prints with larger files. We’ve shown what we’ve done with images using an Instagram image from ipod. These files comfortably to 5×5″ without resolution loss.

14.5 MB file from Apple iphone







The Indian Ocean off the coast of Bali


"Film Strip" ipod images courtesy of Gil Ragot of The Lab Works.

Each image size is 5×5″. Total artwork sized approx 22×5.5″

Where did my memory go?


A wise person once observed that “youth is a gift, age is an art”. We undertake our responsibilities with great reverence for the traditions of our craft. After all, we are entrusted with the precious task of preserving your memories and, by extension preserving the visual documentation of our times for future generations.

What does this mean anyways?

What if someone gave you a floppy disk and said it contained 100 years of family history? How would you retrieve it? Can you be sure the information stored on that disk would still be available for retrieval? Would the files be big enough to make prints? Probably not.

So what do you do? We know that traditional, photographic prints are archival up to 100 years. Film, processed correctly, and sometimes not even so correctly is also highly stable over time. For reasons too many to list, most of us don’t shoot film anymore. The stark reality that film is  just not as popular, fun, instant, inexpensive… (But I digress. I still shoot film and love it).

The good news is this: we make traditional photographic prints from your digital files. Translate: 100 year archival. 200 years if stored in the dark. Lasting far longer than most technology that comes and goes, such as the floppy disk mentioned earlier. Generations of memories that are there to be found, like a treasure chest filled with gold. Memories made tangible, like touching the past. Who doesn’t want that for either themselves, for future family members, for strangers living in the old family home finding the prints stored in the basement tucked far back in the cold storage?

So maybe I’m romanticizing the notion of the printed image, but I know for sure, whether it’s from digital capture or film I get a thrill when I am given a print of my best friends’ baby, my friends being silly in the snow, or my mom’s flower bed in the bloom of summer.

In our house, we put up the pictures we get and take and savour the moment that image was captured. We see the life that is all around us and don’t have to refer to our computer screens to imagine it. 

It’s just so simple. You can put your memories on paper. Just download our Roes online software from the bottom of the web page.

We also process negative and slide film and make prints from them!

I like to have my cake and eat it too. I shoot film, then have it scanned.

Take pleasure in the tangible. You won’t regret it!