Hi everyone. I’m getting ready to head up to New York for PhotoPlus but I wanted to do a quick follow up on yesterday’s post. First off, thanks for all the kind words about the print and the photo. I figure you guys were just buttering me up to win the print but I’ll take the praise anyway And it sounds like I’ll have to make it a more regular feature here since it got such great participation.
First off, congrats to the winner of the print: Chris Pugh. I had a random number generator online and picked the corresponding comment. I’ll ship it off to you early next week.
Next, there were a few questions that came up over and over again in the comments so I thought I would take care of ‘em really quick.
Q. How does this paper compare with metallic prints from, say, Mpix?
A. I thought it was right on par with metallic prints from Mpix and, honestly, just about every other photo lab I’ve seen. Here’s the difference though. You have to figure out whether you’re a print-it-yourself person or a I’d-rather-someone-else-print-it kinda person. That’s really what it comes down to since I think quality is similar. To me, I think it all has to do with how much you print. If you’re only printing a few times a year then it’s probably not worth it for you to buy the inkjet printer, the paper, and the ink. Even though it does a great job, you’ll inevitably save money by just having a place like Mpix print it for you. But if you find yourself printing every week and you enjoy the process of printing (because it is a process), then going the I’ll-print-it-myself route is probably right for you. Me personally, I use both. I’ve actually grown fairly fond of printing in the last 6 months so I like printing with my Epson 3880. However, I also like canvas wraps of which I’d order from Mpix or Artistic Photo Canvas. I also like framed prints that I’d order from Mpix and if I ever send a print to some one I usually have it sent from Mpix.
Note: I mentioned it yesterday and I’ll mention it again. The metallic paper is awesome whether you’re getting it from Red River or having it printed at Mpix. But keep in mind it’s metallic paper, not a metal print. The metal prints I get from some place like Image Wizards are phenomenal. Now… that phenomenal-ness also comes at a cost that’s many times what a great print from Mpix or using Red River paper will cost. Just something to keep in mind.
Q. Why/How does this look so much better than the Matte paper print?
A. This came up a lot. Even if it wasn’t in question form, there were a lot of comments that said “Wow, the metallic is so much more vibrant and detailed than the matte print”. In all fairness to matte paper, I think you kinda have to expect that. They’re two VERY different papers. To me, matte paper has a very artistic and almost timeless kind of feel to it. It’s typically never going to display as vibrant of color as a glossy paper will but it will still produce a very beautiful print. And sometimes even a superior print depending on the type of photo. For vibrant colors and lots of details I like glossy paper. However, this is also a very personal choice. Some people just like fine art/matte paper more. Plus, it depends a lot on where they’re displayed. If I put this metallic print up where there’s a lot of lights around, there’s going to be glare. Matte papers generally don’t have that problem. So the answer to the original question is that it’s not better. It’s just different. It’s very much a “feel” type of a thing and something you should definitely experiment with, because I’m not sure there is a catch-all answer to this one.
Thanks again for stopping by. Have a good one!