The Photography Show 2019, in Birmingham, at the NEC has been and gone, and this year I really enjoyed myself there. I listened to some great talks, and I got more stuff than I ever thought I would. There was a bonus as well. My fiancé bought himself a new printer, so I inherited his Canon Pro 9500 Mark II. I can’t begin to tell you how excited I was to print my own photo for myself for the very first time!
One of the things I bought was some packs of paper to test, and I was given some test packs as well. I bought a test pack of Somerset Enhanced, fine art paper (St Cuthberts Mill), from the Premier Ink and Photographic stand. I wasn’t sure about it, but Alex, the gentleman who was on the stand, told me it was a great one to try. I took him at his word and bought a pack of the digital fine art paper. Out of this pack, I chose to test the Somerset Enhanced, Satin Radiant White, 225g/m2. The paper is listed as white, but has a slight cream tone to it, with a gentle texture. It is matt and so it has no shine or similar to it.
I looked up the IIC profile for my printer, and was a little confused because, whilst there were a few profiles, they were not specific. I then realised that the sets of paper are the same colour tone, just with different textures, which explained that. So I got the profile really easily.
I printed this portrait of Emma from my collection. I have taken a mobile phone shot shown here on the right to show you how great it looks printed.
My photograph looks a million times better printed than it does on my screen!
I would say to you, if you want to try printing on a fine art matt paper, St Cuthberts Mill, Somerset Enhanced is well worth giving a try. I will certainly be testing some more from this range.