Ask any painter: the surface makes a difference. The same is true for photography. Print the same image on two different papers and you’ll notice the difference; especially if one paper is of superior quality. If you happen to be using a high-end, professional grade interchangeable lens camera (ILC) such as the ones I wrote about in my previous post, it makes sense to display the images on a surface that will do justice to the extraordinary colour, contrast and detail captured in the photo. (In case you’re wondering, ILCs include both DSLR and compact system cameras.)
Fine art papers are perfect for displaying these large-size, extremely high quality photos. The PhotoLab offers a variety of options (each of which has also been the focus of a previous post):
- Canvas gallery wrap: a fine art canvas stretched around a frame adds depth and dimension to the photo. High quality canvas will also preserve the colour and contrast for years without fading if it’s cared for properly.
- Metal print: for vibrant colours and exceptionally crisp details; the luminous sheen of the metal also lends a unique ‘wow’ factor.
- Metallic paper: a finish similar to that of a metal print, only it costs less.
- Bamboo print: the fibrous texture of the bamboo offers incredible colour reproduction. Bamboo seems particularly well-suited to floral photos and nature shots.
If you’re not sure which type of fine art print would be most appropriate for your favourite photos, simply bring them to your local PhotoLab where a technician can show you samples and help you make the right choice.
High-quality ILCs make it easy to take great photos. However, your absolute best—the most impactful, the most deeply personal, or the ones you simply like the best for your own reasons—deserve something more. Fine art prints can turn the walls of your home or office into a gallery, where your personal best is always on display.