Fine Art Printing

Talbot and Dauguerre would be amazed.

Archer and Le Gray would have loved it.

We’re talking about Fine Art Printing of photographs – digital files.

First we need to go back a couple of years to understand where printing has come from – let’s go back to 1873. That’s about 50 years after Talbot and Daguerre invented photography and 25 years after Archer and Le Gray defined the collodion process.  Imagine what people had to do to make a print, it’s 30 degrees Celsius and your (light-tight) covered wagon is deep in the desert. You’ve mixed your collodion plate, loaded it into your camera, you’ve selected, composed and exposed your plate and you now need to process it before the collodion sets. Did I mention that you had under 10 minutes to accomplish this or nothing would turn out. Hit and miss, it took and enormous effort just to get one copy (print) and that is all you ever had – if that. If you wanted another one you would repeat the entire process because back in the day, the photographer was also the lab and in the beginning the lab had to travel with the photographer.

It’s now 2017 and we’ve moved way beyond collodion. We still have chemical prints – made on Kodak Endura paper which are excellent . Chemical prints are a long lasting, colourful, cost effective way of displaying and preserving your images. Not to mention that the process is repeatable, consistent and as far as the photographer is concerned – painless.

The Lab Works has been delivering the highest quality prints and we’ve been doing it since 88 (that’s nineteen eighty eight). We were the leaders in the analog world and have continued that tradition delivering the finest digital chemical prints possible. We now bring that commitment to excellence to Fine Art Printing.

So, why Fine Art?
Fine art prints are made using a different process – an inkjet printer with special inks and special papers. But it’s much more than that as Fine Art Printing gives a name to the process of delivering the highest fidelity prints from your digital files.  There are four key benefits of Fine Art Printing:

-    Archival – pigmented inks are more resistant to fading.
-    Higher resolution – printer prints at twice the effective resolution of Photographic paper prints.
-    More colour – 12 Pigmented inks produce a wider gamut.
-    Ability to print on special paper like the Hahnemühle Rag papers.

Visit The Lab Works or any Don’s Photo location to say hi or to check out the new papers. Order your prints through ROES. We accept 8 bit, RGB, tiff or jpeg files and you can leave the covered wagon at home.


New Shipping Options

All smiles with Exciting New shipping options!

You will now be able to pickup your orders at a few new location across Winnipeg. The new locations will be treated as a depot pickup and will be hosted by Don’s Photo within Winnipeg.

The payment for these orders MUST be arranged with The Lab Works prior to shipment. There will be a extra day added on to the production time to allow for shipping and will be available for pickup in the afternoon. We will inform you via email when your order has been sent to the depot.



If you have any questions please contact us at or call 204-943-9430.


Press Style Calendars!

These calendars make great corporate gifts!

Call us for volume pricing. Order on-line now!

Holiday Card Special

Could it be that time of year again?

Christmas is less than 52 days away and we are getting in the spirit!

Starting Monday November 5/2012, when you buy 50-99 5×7 or 4×8 greeting cards (includes envelopes), we will give you 10 free!*

If you purchase 100 or more, you will get 20 free!*

*When paying regular retail / Does not include the Tri-Fold Calendar card.

Order on-line with ROES and make your holiday season a little bit easier. Not in town and need your order shipped to you? No problem. We can ship out your order whether it’s Christmas cards, prints, or canvas mounted prints anywhere in the world. Time and costs required for shipping will depend on where it’s going and method of shipment.

You have until December 17/2012 to get your cards posted with Canada Post in order for your loved ones to receive them by the 24th. Please allow up to 5 days for production of your card order.

See you soon!


Calendar Cards!

This is the perfect time to start getting together your annual Christmas cards!

Available to order using our ROES on-line software.

Roes Update!

The Lab Works has released the advanced version of ROES online ordering software.

Check out some of the new features!

  • A new and improved user interface with all the ease and power to create books, calendars, canvas gallery wraps and normal print sizes.
  • Browse multiple image folders at one time.
  • Customize provided products (add an image within an image, add a text box). With these boxes you can move, rotate, add a stroke border, fill with a colour and add drop shadows.
  • Choose font and colour of font as well as change opacity of the image and text.
  • Move between screen options easily. Tabs along upper portion of screen make it easy to move between screen options (Home, Create Order, Shopping Cart, Uploads). The Shopping Cart total is always displayed in the upper bar.
  • Save unfinished orders and finish them when ever you want.

If you have any questions about using this version of ROES, please contact us at The Lab Works. One of our technicians will be happy to help you.

Happy Ordering!