Before I make a significant investment in hardware to get to 10-bit per color (10bpc) nirvana I want to make sure I understand the complete path from shutter release to enjoying my prints. I feel like I understand the PC hardware part of the equation:
- OS (Windows 7)
- Display (HP zr30w)
- Video Card (Quadro FX 580)
- Drivers (Quadro FX 580 10bpc drivers exist)
- Cable (DisplayPort)
I am a little less unsure about the application software but I think both Lightroom and Photoshop CS5 can handle 10bpc but there might be some initial configuration needed. Can someone confirm this for me? The part that I am completely lost on is the printing. I have googled my way around a bit but I cannot seem to find any info on equivalent bpc for printers or for print shops. So here are my questions:
- Are there any printshops you can provide 10bpc files?
- Can you print 10bpc files to your printer and if so is there anything special you need to do to take advantage of 10 bits?