Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Paper For Your Works Of Art
There’s more to paper choices than Canon, Epson and Hewlett-Packard. An array of other manufacturers make high-end materials that can match your style.
The ultimate expression of a perfect photograph remains a fine print of it. iPhones, iPads, computer screens, large flatscreen TVs—all of these have their place in today’s complex world of image display, but the perfect print still carries an intrinsic weight and legitimacy that’s unique in photography. This is where the rubber meets the road. This is where you, the photographer, lay it all out on the line. You make the very best print you can and then you can only step away and let the viewer decide. The print carries no excuses.
That’s a lot of weight to place on a print, but think about it. An artist’s career and, indeed, his or her life, lives on in the art he or she leaves behind. Digital files can become corrupted or unreadable. Even in a world dominated by bits and bytes, the image printed on paper is what defines one’s legacy.
Making the very best print is an art. This article is about some of the materials, namely papers, that are available to you in your quest to make that print. There are simply too many papers to go into any kind of detail on each, so we have put together a brief roundup of the manufacturers with an overview of their product lines. Of course, the printer manufacturers all make their own papers, as well. Canon, Epson and Hewlett-Packard each has broad lines with several papers that are suitable for professional photographers. One of the potential advantages of using the printer company’s paper is the peace of mind that comes from knowing the paper will be compatible with your printer. Sometimes, though, you want to get outside of the box and try something completely different.
A note of caution: When choosing a paper that isn’t made by the manufacturer of your printer, it’s a good idea to confirm that the paper is compatible with the printer. This is much less of a problem today, but it’s always better to be on the safe side with equipment that you rely upon to make a living.
The French have been leaders in the fine-art paper business for generations. Canson was founded in 1557, and today they still have a broad line of beautiful papers. Canson’s range runs the gamut from papers that have a distinct, textured surface and a handmade look to smooth, glossy materials that can make your images pop. Canson makes a wide range of other fine-art papers as well. Canson Infinity is a relatively new line of papers and canvasses specifically designed for photography and photo printers. These papers range in textures from rough to perfectly smooth. Many of their fine-art papers are acid-free to be archival; however, you should check to be sure that the papers are compatible with your printer before running a sheet through. (Canson says their Infinity papers are compatible with all inkjet printers.)
Contact: Canson, www.canson-infinity.com.
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