I am planing (as you may know based on indications in previous posts) some step (not clear yet what, I know). For this I was wonder what is best way to prepare (print) photograph when you like to put photo on a wall. I mean not only what frame and pass-par tout (matt), but mainly what paper use and what glass if any.
Where I am heading? Simple: you like to hang a print of a photo in your room. It is nice in frame and possibly behind a glass. It is evening and it looks good. When you wake up at the morning, it may look like print in the following picture. The one on the left side.
You wonder, how it is possible that there is no reflection on the print on the right? Well that frame doesn’t have a glass and it is printed on mat non-reflective paper.
There is however a bit of down side. Such a mat print is very very sensitive to any physical handling. What I mean, you touch it and there is a smear on it. You try to blow dust and you get small wet drops on this print.
It would be great to have it like this, but can you trust people not to touch it? I have tried different papers and printed following images on baryta (optically exposed, chemically developed) (left-bottom), Normal C-prints from lab (both print on right side) and the color print at top left is done same way as the the mat winter country on the image at the top. So first let us take a look when they are on the table next to each other:
You may see that colour image on left top has no reflection, but the colours are much less bold (saturated) then on C- print right from it. You also can see that reflection on left bottom baryta (left) is different then on C-print right bottom. Yes it is less reflecting, but in certain way, I feel it as more disturbing. Let us look at next image when I position a viewing angle the way I get most reflection:
You can clearly see that only mat print is 100% non reflective, but as I mentioned, it is very, very fragile. Funny is that colour is not that sensitive, but black and white is very sensitive to handling. Next thing what I have done was place the baryta print without glass next to the mat print:
Now my next step would be to try some non-reflective glass on mat print and also frame glossy C-print without glass. In any case I wonder what would be your preference so far? And one more question:
Would fragile mat print be a problem for you and your wall?