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Optical Brighteners & Paper Weights


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Bump57 Silver Member Awarded for his high skill level in Landscape and Nature Photography and willingness to share his learning experiences to help others. Donor Ribbon awarded for his support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Laureate Ribbon awarded as a winner in a Nikonians Best of Images Annual Photo Contest Nikonian since 01st Apr 2007
Sat 01-Sep-12 01:10 AM

I was under the impression at first that Optical Brighteners were a bad thing. That if used they would greatly reduce the archival life of a print. The more I read it seems this is not really true. What is possible is the paper could loose some of it brightness over time depending on how it is displayed and so on. So what do you all think of the OBA's? Do you tend to shy away from them? Or if your particular image needs them or looks better with them do you use papers that have them and is it of much concern?

I have always liked the different feel & textures of photo papers, all the way back to my darkroom days, in high school no less. Where do some of you draw the line in paper weights to print on for your fine art works? I tend to like papers that are around 300gsm + for fine art photographic prints. I guess my ideal range would be from 285 to 360. This is one of the reasons the I'm a little shy of using the Red River Aurora Fine Art paper, it is only 250gsm and I don't want my prints to feel poor in the hand. They don't really offer anything heavier but it has been many years since I have held many different papers so what are your thoughts on paper weights.


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Scott Martin Sternberg

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