Last October, I posted a question about using these films (the thread is archived under "Films:" "Fuji NPS, NPL for architectural interiors"), and I now have a follow-up question regarding submission formats for major architectural journals. Obviously, it would make life easiest for editors if all the images that came their way were 4x5 color transparencies. However, I have recently been shooting some projects with terrifically complicated mixed lighting where the only reasonable solution was to use a color negative film such as NPL. On site, I use a Minolta Color Meter IIIF to give the overall decamired correction I need, and then let the film handle the excess cyan component of the fluorescent lighting if it's not just horrendous. This had made it possible to get excellent custom color prints from my local lab in situations where it would have been impossible to filter individual light fixtures or resort to elaborate multiple exposures scenarios. The problem then is what format the actual submission of photographic materials should take to the architectural journals when they don't want to receive, and I don't wish to send, the original negatives. Is it your experience that the best format is:

1. custom color prints. How large does an original in this format need to be? If a full-page bleed on an 8.5 x 11" page is contemplated, does the print submitted need to be that size for optimal quality?

2. scans of color prints. Custom prints are expensive, and editors often seem to sit on submissions for a while, so do you ever submit a high-resolution scan of a print made on a serious scanner like a Scitex, embedded with the appropriate ICC/ColorSync profile and burned to CD?

3. digital transparency made from the negative. I don't yet have experience with this format as my lab doesn't do this much, but is there a consensus on whether a print or a transparency does a better job of extracting information from a negative and making it available to the pre-press people at the magazines? I'm shooting mostly 6x9 cm film on an Arca-Swiss F-metric camera, and wonder how a 4x5 transparency made from a scan of the 6x9 NPL original would compare to an 8.5 x 11" print as a publication source.

Although I've been photographing for a long time, I've only been doing professional architectural work for about a year, and have learned an immense amount from the accumulated expertise of this forum. Any comments and suggestions will be much appreciated.