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Specialty Papers + Some
Over the years I’ve been reviewing batches of fairly conventional papers, be they matte or gloss/luster and observing the growing diversity and maturity of conventional inkjet printing using these papers. It’s safe to say the industry has reached a high level of maturity with its conventional offerings, improvements being evolutionary rather than revolutionary – their main contribution is to offer some refinement of features and more user choice of paper characteristics. That remark applies to two of the offerings on tap in this article; however, the other five are specialty products that challenge conventional analytic approaches and conventional kinds of usage.  So I’ll discuss the conventional offerings first, i.e. the “+ Some” of the title, then turn to the specialty products.
The conventional offerings are Hahnemuhle Photo Rag Baryta (HPRB) and Canson Baryta Prestige (CBP). Both of them are solid, wide-gamut (Photo Black ink) performers with some speci...

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Mark has been making photographs for the past six decades and started adopting a digital workflow in 1999 first with scanning film, then going fully digital in 2004. He has worked with a considerable range of software, equipment and techniques over the years, accumulated substantial experience as an author, educator and communicator in several fields and is a frequent contributor to the Luminous-Landscape website. Mark developed a particular interest in film scanning and authored the ebook “Scanning Workflows with SilverFast 8, SilverFast HDR, Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop” available on the SilverFast website. In his “other life” (the one that pays for the photography), Mark is a retiree from the World Bank Group and now a consultant in electric power development.
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