Why Print?

Why Not?

The answer is easy, holding a print, you’ve just taken from the printer, is an amazing feeling, the time and the work given to creating that image, is there, on one sheet of paper, in your hand. It’s the visualisation of an image into reality. You can return to it over and over again with having to switch a digital device on.

If you’re entering a Competition a or Exhibition, its exactly what you want the judge to see, no digital changes, from processing, programme or projector colour shifts etc.

Buying a printer and paper is simply an extension of your camera, A part of the process. Photography A equipment, doesn’t come cheap. You spend hours researching the best camera and lens for your style of photography. Why buy cheap paper and ink to present your images? A Get the best printer, paper and ink to reflect the costs of the equipment. I use the Epson P600 A3 Printer.

I've always been a print worker from Darkroom to the digital world of photography. There's something special about the merging image and paper, you simply can't beat. I tend to print on Hahnemühle Fine Art Papers as they are the best choice after being a Brand Creative for a short time and seeing how my Images worked with their papers. The right paper can be the difference between an acceptance and an award.


The Finishing Touch

Photo or Fine Art Papers

Paper choices are just a diverse as photographers. The first consideration is size. Does size matter? We all know the answer yes. Some images should be printed small, some big, I must admit, I do standardise for talks and PAGB size guidelines. Two sizes, A3 or 10x10 inches printed on an A3 sheet of paper. None of this is set in stone but I hope it helps with your choices.

Choosing the right paper is a skill that has to be learnt, the only way to that is by printing. The higher the quality of paper the more careful you are in creating your print. You take time to check colour balance, shadows and highlights, mistakes in processing and finally, the best you can get from that image. That's when you print. You must do your test printing on the same paper you're going to use for your final print, Your print presentation, says so much about you.

PHOTO - this a choice takes you to Baryta, glossy and semi gloss, satin & silk paper. I tend not to use Gloss papers as it doesn't suit my style of work. My choice for a more photographic image is still a fine art, Photo Rag Satin (Hahnemuhle Fine Art) has a base of Photo Rag but a satin coating giving you the best of both worlds.

FINE ART - these papers are divided into two sections, smooth and textured.

The smooth papers are more suited to the soft less textured images and the featuring people, faces. Hahnemuhle Fine Art my standard paper is Photo Rag almost anything will look good on tis paper.

The Textured Papers, to the more gritty, grainy, textured images. Hahnemuhle Fine Art have several textured my personal favourite is German Etching but the others all have their place when I'm printing.

NATURAL PAPERS In the world that thinks about Environmental Issues on a daily basis, they has to be on the shelf .A natural white papers add that extra look to an image. It's a first stop for my soft still life and many other images. Hahnemuhle Fine Art have orange of three my favourite is Bamboo for it's smooth surface.

SPECIAL PAPERS - there's two paper which I use but for very specific images. is highly textured surface and lends it's self to certain images

WILLIAM TURNER (Hahnemuhle Fine Art) is a paper I use for the textured images and ones with animal fur but not people. This paper has a depth and wight that adds so much to the right image.

COTTON RAG METALLIC (Hahnemuhle Fine Art) is a paper I use for my sci-fi, some of my toy images and things that need a real shine and that extra originality to the print.

The choice is yours and learning what suits your work.

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