Comparing Black and White Prints

This is a comparison of three kinds of paper at three different online print companies.  In order of preference:

Fuji Crystal Archive Pearl paper at myphotopipe.com was my favorite.  The dynamic range of the paper was impressive, and, in my opinion, makes the image almost appear 3-D.  Although this paper did produce a slight color cast, it was such a faint silver cast that I was happy with it.

Ilford Black and White paper at Mpix.com was Steve’s favorite.  In person, this paper produced the clearest whites.  (All of the other papers are color papers and produced slight color casts.)  Capturing that clarity with my camera proved difficult, though.

Kodak Endura paper at Smugmug.com was OK.  There was a faint greenish color cast.  Smugmug uses EZprints.com for their print work.  Smugmug/EZPrints seems to sharpen your digital files, which might be a selling point for some people.

Kodak Endura paper at Mpix.com was my and Steve’s least favorite.  The color cast was pronounced and greenish.

Here are photos of the prints.  I used custom white balance for all of them using the white paper seen here as neutral.

Where did these pictures come from? In October, we had a professional photo shoot with Purple Tree Photography here in Michigan.  I bought the digital rights to our pictures and intend to make larger prints and frame them.

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About Rachel

I'm a grad student in the physical sciences at the University of Michigan and mother of one.
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