I have an Epson Photo R3000 and would like to start printing some black and whites. Any suggestions on which papers to use? They will be landscape, cityscapes, and street photography. Thanks.
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#1. "RE: Paper advice for printing B&W" | In response to Reply # 0mklass Nikonian since 08th Dec 2006Sat 30-Jun-12 08:19 PM
Well certainly Epson papers work great. I prefer printing most B&Ws on matte paper, but it depends on what you what your image to look like. Epson Luster would be another choice if you don't want gloss.
If you want to spend the extra money, Epson Velvet Fine Art is my favorite paper for B&W prints.
If you want to save some money, Red River makes some excellent papers at good prices. They have a sample kit for $12.99 with free shipping so you can try them out. http://www.redrivercatalog.com/sbprinter/inkjet-photo-paper-for-epson-r3000/
In any event, make sure your system is properly color calibrated, and that you are using the proper paper setting and paper profile. Without that, you may get strange color casts. If printing on Matte paper, make sure you have set the printer to use them.
You should get some great output with the 3000.
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#4. "RE: Paper advice for printing B&W" | In response to Reply # 0blw Nikonian since 18th Jun 2004Sun 01-Jul-12 08:12 PM
The ones I like for B&W are:
- Epson Hot Press Natural (matte)
- Epson Exhibition Fiber (lustre)
- Epson Fine Art Velvet (matte)
- Ilford Smooth Fine Art (matte, and it's not really smooth either).
Rarely I may use Epson Premium Glossy 250gsm, which is, as you can guess, glossy.
Hahnemulle Bamboo is a really nice paper, but it curls so much that it's a pain in the next to actually print.
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#5. "RE: Paper advice for printing B&W" | In response to Reply # 0MotoMannequin Registered since 11th Jan 2006Mon 02-Jul-12 09:12 PM | edited Mon 02-Jul-12 09:15 PM by MotoMannequin
Paper is quite subjective so what's best for me might not be a favorite of yours. It's best therefore to get some sample packs and print away, but for your starting point I'll tell you where I ended up.
It really depends on the image for me. Some look better on luster papers and some look better on matte. The big challenge for matte papers is getting really good density on blacks (dmax). All of the matte papers I'll mention below really push the envelope for what's possible on matte papers regarding dmax but none come close to the luster papers.
More and more I'm printing with matter papers exclusively. I find the luster papers look better under ideal lighting, but the mattes can continue to look phenomenal under less than ideal lighting, which happens sometimes (often) at exhibitions. Then it comes down to the image. Some just look better on specific papers.
Matte smooth surface:
Epson Hot Press Natural
Premier Art Generations Alise Natural (I prefer the surface texture on this to the hot press, but I'm unhappy with all the Premier Art distributors so I tend to use the Epson paper more.)
Matte textured surface:
Epson Velvet Fine Art (this is an excellent paper but the main downside is the largest available size is 17x22", not a problem for your R3000 but you can't scale up much with this paper. I have found no suitable replacement available in larger sizes)
Ilford Gallerie Gold Fibre Silk (although I hear through a marketing action they are rebranding this paper, but not sure what's going on here. Looks like the new brand is Ilford Prestige Gold Fibre Silk but to find this at B&H use the mis-spelled Gold Fiber Silk)
Canson Baryta Photographique
I hate hate hate the surface on the Epson Exhibition Fiber. Again to each his or her own, ymmv, etc.
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