Choose Your Media

for Photographers

Selecting the right media for your project can be overwhelming. I’ve added a few thoughts here about why I’ve chosen to use these materials. I have experience with each material listed here and I know its characteristics. If you have questions please let me know. I’ll be happy to talk through this decision process with you.

These media options are only available for the Custom Print Services as described on this page.

Matte Paper

OPTICA ONE

by Breathing Color®

This matte cotton rag paper is quite smooth and has a bright and brilliant white point. It measures in at 300gsm meaning it’s nice and rich and thick. I particularly like how B&W photography looks on this paper. Though color is quite good as well.

You can optionally add an archival varnish coating for UV resistance, scuff protection, and water resistance. It’s available in a satin or matte finish.

PURA SMOOTH

by Breathing Color®

Smooth is in the name so it has to be good. It’s 100% cotton rag and OBA free. It’s a touch warmer than Optica One. I love it for B&W prints and if you’re doing color it can be amazing, but with that warm white point I don’t think it’ll work universally  as a standard paper of choice.

You can optionally add an archival varnish coating for UV resistance, scuff protection, and water resistance. 

BARYTA photographique II

by Canson Infinity

It’s so matte that it’s almost like a black hole—light simply doesn’t reflect off it—so to speak. It’s so smooth it’s almost like you can’t feel it. It’s a beautifully thick 310gsm and it feels like a traditional photo paper thanks to its alpha-cellulose base and barium sulphate (baryta) layer. 

My experience has been to be careful about images that have critical image detail in the shadows. While it does a great job, you just need to take care so they don’t get lost. Don’t worry though, if you select this paper I’ll be sure to watch out for your details in your file. If I see any issues I’ll be sure to alert you before I hit the print button.

RAG PHOTOGRAPHIQUE

by Canson Infinity

I love how images pop on this very supple material. It’s smooth yet textured. Its ability to hold shadow details is incredible for a paper of this type, and it holds on to the highlight details incredibly well too thanks to its very smooth texture. It weighs in at 310 gsm making it a beautifully thick material. The details of the paper simply stay out of the way allowing the richness of your art to be realized.

Luster Paper

BARYTA photographique II

by Canson Infinity

This is the version that’s not matte and it’s gorgeous for any subject where you want your viewer to see your photograph, not a picture printed on paper. 

At 310gsm it’s a wonderfully thick paper that feels like a traditional photographic print. And with it’s luster or satin finish, it “looks” like it too.

This paper is equally awesome with both B&W and color photography. The black point is incredibly deep and the white point makes your images shine with clarity but not to the point of being obtuse. 

Canvas

LYVE matte

by Breathing Color®

I’ve printed on many a canvas material and nothing holds the image more vividly and crisply than LYVE matte by Breathing Color. 

With an archivability rating of 100 years your art will live for generations on this wonderful canvas material.

You can optionally add an archival varnish coating for UV resistance, scuff protection, and water resistance. It’s available in a satin or matte finish.

RENAISSANCE cotton

by Breathing Color®

Go natural with this 100% cotton archival canvas media. It takes prints and paints equally well and with no synthetic fibers the texture is as luscious as can be.

You can optionally add an archival varnish coating for UV resistance, scuff protection, and water resistance. However, doing so will cover up a bit of that earthy natural feel that this cotton canvas is known for. My recommendation is the matte varnish. It’ll stay out of the way while offering extra protection.

Your Choice

Fine Art Media of Your Choice

The media shown above is a curated list based on my experience with a wide variety of media. These items have “risen to the top” for a variety of reasons. However, maybe you have a favorite canvas or print material. I’m happy to offer a quote on any material that works in my printer. There’s literally hundreds of options to choose from. 

Who knows, maybe you’ll help me discover a new favorite material to print on! Please use the form below to get your questions answered.

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