For many years I just downloaded my photographs onto the computer but quite recently decided to trawl through them and print the best ones off and put them in albums. I have used various different photo papers and am not loyal to one brand but will just look round for the best price or recommendations. This Epsom Photo quality glossy paper was actually recommended to me by a colleague at work who is really into her photography and often takes photographs at events for people, so I thought I would give it a try.
The recommended retail price for this was £9.99 for 30 sheets which I wouldn’t have paid but I shopped round and found a seller on ebay who was selling it for £4.49 with free delivery so I bought two packs as I had at least fifty photographs which I wanted to print of a recent family holiday so I knew that two packs would be plenty.
The sheets feel quite thick and firm to the touch but I found that they still fed through the printer easily and smoothly and I didn’t have any problems with them sticking or jamming. These sheets measure 5” x 7” (130mm x 180mm) which is the size I wanted but they come in numerous other sizes up to a massive 11.7” x 16.5” which would be ideal for a larger family portrait or a photograph of your favourite view. The paper has a very high gloss finish to the one side and it is smudge proof and water resistant. The other side of the paper is a matte finish so you do need to check that you have put it in your printer the right way as this could be costly if you carry on printing on the wrong side. As with all photographs I am very careful when lifting them off the printer but this is really just an extra precaution and something which I have always done, as this paper does really seem to dry instantly.
The colours are extremely sharp and bright on this paper and they look very professional. The photographs are glossy without being overly shiny and they look sharp and clear from every angle that you are looking at them. Some of the photographs I printed off several times and gave them to my family and they all commented on how good they were and I know that several of them are now in frames on display, as I have also done.
I would definitely buy this paper again and I recommend it as a good quality paper as it produces very professional looking photographs. Obviously I would probably go to ebay first as this is the best price I found the last time but there are always different offers online if you shop round.
Do you have boxes and albums of old photographs? We have them in cupboards, drawers, up the loft etc and occasionally we have a look through and remember special occasions. But with digital cameras, fewer people are gathering photos because now it is easier to view on the computer by downloading them or saving on a CD. Thats all very well for us, but sometimes Granny or another friend does not have a computer and so we need to print off some photos or we want to put one in a frame to enjoy.
Photographer paper has come down in price and is available in various thicknesses and sizes. I favour the A4 size, as most programmes allow you to print multiple photos and this gives you more choice, so you can print off a selection at one time or multiple small photos, perhaps of your wee one or family to enclose with Christmas cards.
I have purchased several packets of Epson Photo quality glossy paper from Costco. It comes in a pack of 3 containing 20 sheets in each packet. Each sheet is A4 and weighs 141 g. It is glossy white in colour and the back is a dull creamy, white colour, so there is no problem deciding which the side for printing is. It is very slightly thinner and lighter weight than photos developed from a photographer. This doesnt stop me using it because if you are fitting in a frame it will be fine If you intend to pass the photos around lots of people I would suggest inserting in a small album to prevent them getting bent or buy a heavier weight like the premium glossy.
The cardboard wallet is brightly coloured and informs me that it contains Epson, Photo Quality glossy paper. This is important so when printing you select the correct type of paper. It is A4, which is 210 x 297 mm. The wallet protects the photo paper, which is in a poly bag and keeps it flat for printing. On the back of the wallet is a chart with all the available ink jet paper applications, with a guide to which is the glossiest down to matt. Also given is the weight of the paper and its suitability. The photo quality paper I have is suitable for photos, graphic arts and colour prints.
I make and sell cards and use photo paper for printing off some of my own photos or ones from CDs, I also use it to print off decoupage sheets and cut and mount the images, the effect is much better than when I use plain paper.
Quite often, there is a free CD, the last was on Jungle Book with lots of things to print or games to play, always an added bonus if you have children, or maybe you think like me that it would be nice to have 50p off instead!
I was interested to see that it is made in Japan and packaged in Mexico, a fact I had not noticed when I bought it but I now ask myself are the people paid less in Mexico?
Next time I go looking for paper for printing, I will have something else to check out, as Make poverty History is very much in my mind.
When I bought this paper from Costco a few months ago it cost £14.99 for the 3 packets plus VAT, doing the sums I work that out to be £5.87 for a packet of 20 sheets, which is about 29p a sheet. I have seen it advertised on the internet for £4.70 a packet including VAT but p&p was over £5.00!
I find this an excellent medium for my requirements and would recommend it for everyday use, for a special photo then I would buy a heavier weight.