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ProDPI Helps You Choose the Right Photo Paper

You shot the photos, toiled away editing, and it is finally time to send away for prints. Just one problem, your printer offers a TON of paper options, and you have no idea which to choose. Lucky for you the good people at ProDPI are here to help.

Not only is ProDPI one of the best print labs out there, but they also bring a whole lot of science to the table when it comes to printing your art. Alright RadNation! It is time to put on those thinking caps, and learn just what photographic paper is right for your work.

When choosing a photographic paper to compliment your artwork it is imperative to keep in mind that different papers have different tones, textures, and they can reproduce colors differently. For example, Fuji papers tend to lean toward the cooler side whereas Kodak papers are a bit warmer. The finish of the paper is also very crucial because it can add more depth. You might be offering your clients two or maybe just one photographic paper because you know it looks good and you wouldn’t want to ruin that. However, it may be essential to choose a photographic paper that accentuates the key details in your images. Every image has its paper!

Which photographic paper would we recommend for a newborn shoot? How about a warm family portrait, or a wedding where the reds really need to pop? Benjamin Edgington, ProDPI’s Photographic Printing Supervisor, has taken the time to share his expert opinion with us:

When the proper image is printed on it’s ideal paper type, it gives the viewer a chance to experience the print rather than just look at it. The Fuji Lustre is where I think all images need to get their start. This is helpful for several reasons. One, lustre can handle a wide variety of image types, whether they be color, neutral, contrasty or soft; and two, lustre can be a great indicator of whether or not a different paper type would be of greater benefit to the final printed product for a certain image.  Let’s say you have an image with a lot of contrast, this does display well on Fuji Lustre due to the nice low D-max, however, for the images that need that little more impact Fuji Pearl would be something to consider. Pearl has a great dynamic range, and looks stellar with black and white images. In addition, unlike a lustre surface, Pearl can really give life and pop to bright colors, something we see a lot of in kids portraits.

Another option for bold color or high contrast images that really need to stand out is Kodak’s Metallic paper. This is a paper surface that has the high gloss finish of the Fuji Pearl paper, but shows off detail in a crisper fashion. The level of sharpness found in the Metallic Paper is brilliant, whether it be dress detail on a bride, or the cracked and chipping paint on an old door.  Kodak Metallic also gives voice to the louder colors that other surfaces just can’t. The right picture printed on this surface type can really jump off the paper and grab a person’s attention.

Now, if contrast and pop aren’t a part of your shooting aesthetic, Fuji Deep Matte is most likely the way to go.  This truly smooth paper gives a gentle and soft feeling to the images that need it. Subtly lit newborn and infant portraits, intimate bride moments, the images that aren’t too heavy, dark, or busy.  If your images are a little desaturated, or warm, or have a lot of empty space,  Fuji Deep Matte can enhance those qualities for the viewer, and it looks downright lovely with black and whites (low contrast of course).

20% off ALL Photo prints 11×14 and larger!

Includes Luster, Pearl, Deep Matte & Metallic Paper types!

Promo Code: RadPrints2012

Offer Valid, Tuesday, September 18th, 2012

through Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 (11:59MT)

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