How To Print Great Photos! June 30 2010, 0 Comments

With all of the choices that have come as a result of digital photography, selecting the right paper to print your photographs on can be confusing. I’d like to help you sort through the printing process so that you can create the best prints possible.

Printing is a process. It is created using a printing system. By that I mean printers. Inks and papers are created to use as a system. Years ago, in the age of film, best results where achieved by using film, chemicals and papers that were made by the same manufacturer. The same goes for digital printing.

While there are many printers and lots of paper choices, I use all Epson products. Most are not going to be using professional printers, but Epson’s consumer line of printers are among the best available. HP has come up with some fine printers. For photography, I have found Epson to suit my purposes the best. Epson inks and papers complete the system. Everything is made to work together. (If you are using an HP printer, be sure you are using HP inks and HP papers.)

Choosing an Epson paper depends on what type of look you want your photo to have. The Premium Luster Photo Paper looks the most like traditional darkroom prints. This paper costs a bit more than regular glossy paper but the luster look and the grain of the paper has a more vibrant and saturated look. If you want to get a bit creative, Epson Ultra Smooth Fine Art paper can make your images look a bit like a watercolor. This paper would be fun to try out on your travel photos. Finally, if you are looking for a fine paper on a budget, the Epson Semi-Gloss paper will fit the bill! If you are able, choose two or three papers to experiment with. You can usually find them in small quantities, 50 sheets or less.

Whatever you choose, remember it should be a system, Espon printers, Epson inks, Epson papers. This will ensure that you are creating the best prints possible!