Added: Thu. Dec 06, 2012 11:47am
Despite common belief, the art of printing photos has not been lost. Although the web offers plenty of means to store images and social network together with email and text messaging allows for easy sharing, images are still been printed. In fact, often very special images the kind that you care greatly about are reserved for print. If you are new to printing photos using your own home or work printer, here is a handy guide to explain the various considerations when choosing one brand over the other.
Printer Technology - Your first and essential task is to match the paper type to the printing technology. Mainly choosing Inkjet or Laserjet type. Using an incorrect type will damage your printer beyond repair. Don't even say 'i'll just try'.
Brand - Although you have a certain brand of printer, you do not have the use the same brand's photo paper range. A typical high quality paper will suit other makes as well. Often the difference in price between brands is substantial.
Weight - Photo paper is distinguished by GSM (grams per square meter) and typically the higher the GSM is, the heavier the paper is. Higher GSM will also likely include important properties such as durability of the print (long lasting and slow to fade). However more importantly is the coating that coats the paper. PE coating as opposed to basic coating is the most modern coating and offers image sharpness and durability although the paper might not have a high GSM weight. Look at both the weight and type of coating.
Size - Naturally photo paper comes in different sizes from photo card size of 6"x4" to an over sizes A3 sheet. It is important to match the size to your desired print area to reduce waste. The bigger the sheet is, the more it is likely to cost. Common sizes are 6x4, 7x5 (slight bigger), A5 which is half the size of an A4 sheet and A3 photo paper which is twice the size of an A4 sheet. A3 plus or over sized A3 is normally used by professional users using a dedicated printer that can accommodate this special size.
Lewis a passionate amateur photographer working for vendor of ilford paper and films.