A number of people have expressed concern that our new fine art quality prints are some how inferior to the more traditional chemically processed photo papers that we use.
I could tell you that there is no difference and that would be the simple answer. the truth is that our fine art quality prints have a number of advantages plus a couple of disadvantages, when recommending papers for your family portrait or wedding photos we automatically take several factors into account.
For us fine art prints are not a cheap way out, in fact it costs us significantly more to produce a fine art quality photograph than it does a normal chemical print. It also takes more effort on our part to produce a file for printing that does the fine art papers justice. We do not charge extra for printing your images onto fine art papers, we think the extra cost and time is worth it for the extra benefits we get with fine art papers.
So what are the benefits? Firstly fine art quality prints have the ability to print a wider range of colour and density than normal chemically processed papers. When paper and inks are carefully married together fine art quality prints will last way longer than any chemically processed prints, providing of course they are framed correctly and by a framer who uses quality products. Dodgy framing will shorten the life of both fine art and normal prints. Displayed under glass there is really no substitute for the image quality that can be gleaned from a fine art quality print.
Ok so they look good and last longer, but you said they had disadvantages, what are they? That’s easy, fine art quality papers all have on thing in common, they are easily damaged or scratched. That’s the only disadvantage you will see with a print. We wear the extra cost so you don’t have to worry about that. If you’re framing the image behind glass I have no hesitation in suggesting to you that you get your prints on fine art quality papers. If you intend keeping your prints in albums or in folders or giving them as gifts, then I would suggest using the more normal chemically processed papers because they handle abrasion and finger prints so much better.