Jherrel: Thanks for the link. I'll watch it today.
Does anyone know any additional references (books, web articles, etc.) about choosing paper for ink jet printers? I am considering purchasing an Epson R3000 as I am getting tired of uploading files to photo labs for printing. I know about color management but nothing about paper.
I have been making my own prints for about 5 years now. I currently use an Epson 3880. I have tried several different brands and types of paper but what I have settled on is Ultrapro Satin 2.0 from Red River Paper. http://www.redriverpaper.com/ I have no ties to this company, but I have found that their advertisements are generally accurate, the paper quality is very good and at a reasonable price, and they provide free and accurate profiles for their paper for each major printer. They provide a wealth of information on each grade of paper including: descriptions, specs, printer capatibility, and general best uses. I have been buying paper from them for the last two years with no regrets. No doubt that there are other good sources, but I've stopped looking after I found Red River Paper. They do have several types of paper and I suppose the type you choose depends on what you are looking for. They even sell demo packets that have several different paper products so you can see what you like best. By the way, I'm a lot happier making my own prints. I have much more control and when needed I can tweak the image. Sometimes I only see a problem after I make that 16x20 print. And yes ... I kick myself when I have to print it again - but at least I have a choice to do so and still deliver the print to the customer on time. Before I made my own prints, I often had to choose between delays or delivering a sub-par product.
Glad to hear that you like Red River Paper. While the webinar was sponsored by Ilford, the information that I thought was valuable was the comments on image type and paper surface, e.g. glossy, luster, fine art textured, etc. Then if you believe a particular surface is the best for your image, now you can pick the vendor of your choice.
John Herrel Nikonian from South Carolina See the light, capture the essence!