When it comes to printing an image there is more to it than just selecting a paper type and hoping for the best results. There should be some level of consideration of what type of print medium should be used. Today there are many options to choose from. So, what is the best option, paper or metallic? In this post, I will give you my views on selecting the best print options.
As most people that follow me know, I shoot landscapes, nature, wildlife, and do some portrait work. With each photo shoot, I think about what I will be printing my images on. For many people, they may not do that. They just print their images on the most popular paper available to them. Some people may not realize the options that are available to them. Let's look at the various paper print options.
Today, prints can be ordered from a variety of sources. Some people choose to print their own images at home and some people prefer to order their prints online. Paper print options include;
- Deep Matte
Luster prints are nice, simple, and beautiful. Glossy prints have a bright, clean, and a distinctive look to them. Glossy prints are very popular, bold, and considered more contemporary and modern by today's standards. Matte paper prints are not for every photo. Matte paper prints are unique because the finish is non-reflective but yet smooth. For people looking to print softer looking images or for black and white images, matter paper prints are a popular option. Metallic paper prints are very unique. Metallic prints bring out the bold colors and a sense of depth to an image. Metallic prints make the colors "pop". One paper option that is not used by most people is silk finish paper. Silk paper is commonly used for images that are identified as soft, delicate, and for more sophisticated images. A good example would be for weddings because the images have a more refined texture and a more vintage look. Finally, there is the deep matte paper option. A deep matte paper is very artful, illustrates a sense of depth and detail. The deep matte paper does have a smooth finish but not really recommended for images that have deep shadows and deep rich black tones.
So the question is, is paper prints a good option? The answer is, it depends on the image and the look you are going for. Another thing to consider is the price. All paper printing options are fairly inexpensive. The cost comes from framing, matting, glass, and the time it takes actually get your image. I have seen people spend a lot of money on framing a paper image. I have also seen people wait weeks to get their photo back from companies that do custom framing. Of course, one could go to a department store and get a cheap frame, but really wants to do that? Real, high-quality framing options can be great but very pricey.
Now, I want to discuss my favorite print option. My favorite print option is metal prints. I shoot a lot of landscapes, wildlife, and nature images and nothing to me is better than a nice metallic print. I love the look of metallic prints. Metallic prints bring out the bold colors of an image and a sense of depth to each image. Metal prints show the full detail of a great high-quality image. I enjoy the glossy finish of metallic prints. Other great advantages of a metal print are they can be cleaned with a damp cloth, do not fade, durability, do not need framing, matting, or glass. They are ready to hang up right out of the box. As far as price, metallic prints can seem more expensive compared to paper prints, but one has to factor the expense of framing a paper print. In many cases, framing a paper print can end up being much more expensive than a metal print.
What type of print options one should choose really depends on two things; the quality of the image and the look one is after. For me and my work, I either go with a metallic paper print or a metal print. In my home, most of the prints that I have are metal prints. I have them throughout my home and office. Metal prints also make a great gift. To see some of my images check out "The Store". All my images are available in either metallic paper or metal. If you haven't seen a metal print, you need to. Once you do, you will see how awesome metal prints can be.
If you have questions about metal prints or other print options feel free to send me an email or comment.
Until next time, keep shooting!