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Digital black and white printing

While I was at the lab the other day, they advised that B&W prints should be done on Matt Paper to get greater bdepth of blacks.

Probably not true (a glossy, non matt paper, at least for ink jet printing has a higher dmax). I'd first suspect the advise of the lab and maybe find another.

Richard John Edwards , Sep 20, 2011; 09:47 p.m.

I agree Andrew, Gloss for me has always had a better Dmax and a greater tonal range in general.

Bob Himmelright , Sep 20, 2011; 10:06 p.m.

take a look around, I know of a few places that print on real RC b/w paper (mpix, adoramapix andI'm sure there are others) vs printing monochrome on a color paper. Ilford makes a fiberbased paper for digital exposure now, but I've never seen it in person.

David Henderson , Sep 20, 2011; 10:17 p.m.

I suggest you try Harman Warmtone gloss. This is a fibre based paper with baryta coating so it mimics rather well IMO the qualities of a traditional analogue fibre print. You might find it via Hahnemuehle under a strange hybrid brand name -Harman by Hahnemuehle. It is a 320g paper . It is by far the closest I have come across to a traditional fibre gloss and made an enforced transition from analogue to digital b&w rather easy. Don't use the matte versions.

If you struggle to find a lab who uses this (normally in conjunction with the latest large format Epson printers and K3 inks) then I'd suggest you try The Lightroom in Berkeley - talk to Rob. They did some work for me that was pleasing but I needed to avoid the high costs of shipping prints Fedex to the UK and found a UK lab that could help.

peter carter , Sep 21, 2011; 05:59 a.m.

The magic rule of paper - without glass and matt - behind glass. This has been the decision to hang most of my work without glass. Likely I stumbled across a paper that would meet me halfway - Ilford SMOOTH PEARL. It has a porous surface that feels like a matt but is bright like a gloss. Like matt the reflections are kept to a minimum, and like gloss enough ink is kept on the surface to keep the blacks rich. It works it's magic on BW or COLOUR.

Like all the suggestions here, pick up some small 4x6 packs and give them a try.

Robert K , Sep 21, 2011; 08:49 a.m.

I use to do all of my work with film, I would proces my own work and do all my own printing.

Then you should know that there is a wide range of processing methods and media to choose from. The same is true in the digital darkroom, if not more so.

If you wish to produce similar digital prints like your traditional prints, let us know how you used to print and on what media. You may get much better suggestions.

Patrick Lavoie , Sep 21, 2011; 08:55 a.m.

agree with Peter, smooth pearl or epson luster are both excellent and not expensive paper, yet very pro looking .. and behind a glass and frame.. you cant see if the paper worth 1$ or 8$.. epson fiber exhibition is a excellent looking paper but i would use it if i sell a print unframed / unmounted only as it give some richness in the hand of the buyer, but don't bring much visually behind a glass vs a *cheaper* (talking about price) paper. But if you are printing them to sell them, better use the best paper all around so it is exactly the same thing the buyer get frame or not of course.

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