is it worth to spend more on metallic prints?

posted 6 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
Hostess
23641 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

Wait, what is a metallic print? Pretty sure I’ll have to make these decisions soon! 😛

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

I like them better for landscapes.  If you have an environmental picture, it may look good, but a closeup portrait, I would stick with regular paper.

Post # 5
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5786 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2011

I think it depends? We ordered the same print in several different finishes as a test and my mom loved the metallic finish and it wasn’t my fave. It was a cool effect and more subtle than I figured but I prefer a more matte finish.

Post # 8
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3241 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@dynamic_duo: Using mpix.com I had a few photos, taken by guests, of the hubby and me printed on metallic paper. The effect is kind of neat (my opinion), though I wouldn’t necessarily get all of my photos on metallic paper. Before having an 8 X 10 made, my suggestion would be to get a small print of the image you want to enlarge made with the metallic paper and see if you like it. I also think the metallic finish looks kinda neat with a sepia tone as well, but I’m weird, so……

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Metalic finish looks like it is printed on a peice of metal, and it is very (much like it’s name), metalic! I personally don’t like this finish….  it is VERY different looking from most prints you will see…  glossy is more shiny (bounces off more light from the surface, tends to get printed on thinker paper), lustre is more matte (less shinny) If this is something you are shelling out for I would check out the photo printing site mpix.com.  They have that printing option available and you could alway order a print to see if you like it! 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Metallic is nice but not for all prints. Photos that have really bright spots or even blown out spots are not great for metallic. Landscapes are beautiful, and photos with vibrant color without lots of whites are really nice. I like them most for beachy photos and photos with lots of greens and blues and reds.

Also, the image comes out of the camera as an 8×12 dimension, not an 8×10, so your photographer didn’t make them an 8×12, that’s how the camera shoots them. I hate 8x10s for this reason. They often ruin the composition, especially for newer photographers who don’t shoot with print crops in mind. I don’t even offer 8x10s anymore unless they’re requested because you literally lose 2 inches of the photo. Think of an 8×10 as old school full screen TV (cropped into almost a square) and an 8×12 as the widescreen version with the whole image intact. Widescreen is the way to go, I just wish frame companies would get with it!

Post # 12
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I ordered several of our wedding shots on metallic photo paper and they look awesome, this was my first experience with metallic and I wasnt sure how it was going to look but I love it!!

You can always order a smaller size in metallic just to see if you like it or not.

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@dynamic_duo:  lustre is a VERY nice finish…  I would go with that! pretty much yeah…  (there is a lot a different terms and it can get anoying!) 

Post # 15
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Bumble bee

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Also, Lustre is a coating.  It adds protection and added gloss and can be added to metallic or regular prints.  I would go regular for this image, I don’t think it would look good in metallic

 

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Post # 16
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I like the cropping…  the only thing I would do is cut off the leg just a little light (mid calf) I know it is frusterating having to crop things…  I normally use the 8 x 12  (4:6) ratio when photographing as well… (remember you need the prints to be easily cropped as a 4×6, 5×7, 8×10 and so on…  it is the easiest size to work with and not have to crop anything too much) I hope they turn out well! 

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