Latest news, reviews, tips and tricks from Jack Lodge, a local photographer who specialises in capturing stunning landscape photography across Dorset and the Jurassic Coast.

Paper Testing and Selling Prints

Fine Art Prints

One of the most rewarding moments as a landscape photographer is seeing all the hard work come to life as a finished print. It makes the 4am starts and countless hours of searching for that perfect composition all worth it – even more so when you know it’s going to someone who appreciates all the hard work that goes into capturing each photograph.

I really believe that your photographs only come to true life when you see them in print. In today’s world of digital images and social media, it is sometimes easy to bypass this process and focus solely on sharing photographs on the likes of Facebook and Instagram (I’m definitely guilty of this). However, since getting my first print produced, I’ve fallen in love with the entire printing process and want to start thinking about how the image is going to look printed while out on a shoot.

Now, the only thing I had to do was find a local printer who would be willing to show me the printing process and trial different paper types. Who better to visit than Andy Farrer, Dorset based professional landscape photographer who produces stunning photographs across the South Coast. His newly formed printing studio - Fine Art Ink, use only the best quality papers printed by the highest quality printers.

Paper Type

After speaking to Andy and taking in his wealth of experience as a professional landscape photographer, I carefully tested a range of different papers and concluded that I would invest into two specific paper types.

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Smooth Pearl 290 (Premium Paper)

How could I not opt for the industry leading, ever popular, Smooth Pearl 290 paper. A natural bright white base which renders both colour and B&W images wonderfully with its wide colour gamut. It has a stunning semi-gloss/lustre finish and really brings punchy landscape images alive – perfect for framing behind acrylic or glass. 

Natural Soft Textured Bright White 315 (Specialist Archival Paper)

Taking image quality to the next level, you have the specialist Fotospeed Archival Papers, where I specifically fell in love with the natural colours and texture of the Natural Soft Textured Bright White 315, Fine Art paper. This is a 100% cotton based paper with a very gentle texture, providing a high quality, tactile feedback and delivers wonderful colours on landscape compositions. I would recommend this paper for standalone prints, mounted or framed.


Printing Process

Fine Art Ink print using top of the range Canon imagePROGRAF PRO Series wide format, inkjet printers partnered with genuine Canon Lucia Pro pigment inks. This delivers the highest quality prints with a wide colour gamut, incredible colour rendition and accurate black and whites – the perfect pairing for landscape photography.

All of the gallery images you see on my website are available to buy in a range of popular sizes (custom sized prints are available upon request and quoted for individually)