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View Poll Results: Glossy, semi-matt or matt

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  • Glossy

    31 64.58%
  • Semi-matt

    12 25.00%
  • Matt

    5 10.42%
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    I've been using matt and semi-matt surface paper lately. I like them much better than glossy. But I also tried some semi-gloss Bergger and I admit I like this surface more every time I look at it. So, I'm now on the fence as far as what surface I prefer. They all look pretty much alike under glass anyway.

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    Glossy is my primary surface. For the subjects that I shoot it seems to hold detail better. But a matt surface seems to fit many portraits and more moody landscapes.

    One surface that I like quite a bit is the pearl surface that Ilford has. If only they made their cool tone pearl in Fiber instead of RC only.
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    Glossy FB or RC - RC is for evaluation - I am really never done with it till it is on glossy air dried FB. The glossy surfaces seem to have better blacks.

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    Matte

    I have made one photo on matte paper.Somehow I must have bought it by mistake. That being Ilford Gallerie grade 3 matte. This paper is just beautiful and it so flexible as to processing.Toned it in homemade polytoner afterward. I'm a confirmed believer in glossy but would not be adverse to using this matte surface again for the appropriate subject matter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Chinn
    One surface that I like quite a bit is the pearl surface that Ilford has. If only they made their cool tone pearl in Fiber instead of RC only.
    Hear hear, I second that! I have just started using FB and when looking for a paper to try I couldn't understand why I couldn't find any cool tone.

    So for RC, I prefer pearl, and I just started with a couple FBs so I don't know yet.

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    Phew that's better I was starting to feel in a minority of one on FB Matt Now Cool Tone Pearl in FB that would be very worth trying.

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    I used to use matt mostly but now mostly glossy. Some prints look better on matt and some on gloss. I have no intention of buying semi-matt (or pearl) anymore as just picking between two already hurts my brain enough.

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