Satin Paper

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  1. poppers

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    Hi all I'm new to the forum and new to the darkroom. Apologies if this has been asked before. I've been using different types of ilford multigrade. I'm currently trying out the satin paper.

    I'm quite surprised about how different this paper looks. Does satin paper have a special purpose or is it supposed to be used in a certain way.

    Regards
    Michael
     
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    No, it's just an alternate finish, between matte finish and full-on smooth glossy. Depending on the manufacturer and the exact finish, it can be called satin, semi-matte, or pearl. I like it because it gives just a bit of shimmer and isn't as potentially distracting like glossy.
     
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    The surface of a paper however is of influence to the maximum contrast available. A satin finish will lower the max. density by adding diffuse reflection of the lighting to the max. density of the emulsion proper. In contrast a high-gloss paper will have that max. density unchanged under optimum lighting but will lose that for an even bigger part under specular lighting.
     
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    Thanks for the response guys
     
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    Satin paper can be really nice for portraits.

    Not too long ago, there were many more paper surface choices available, and photographers would routinely match the surface to the type of subject.
     
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    I love satin paper, I always heard people dog on it but I tried some and really felt it's reflectivity was perfect. Kinda semi-gloss. Great for portraits as MattKing said.
     
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    The MG Art 300 is also worth a try, amazingly beautiful finish in my opinion. Reminds me of albumen prints.