Printing

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State of the art printing

Yes, I take the photographs and create the image with my eyes and my imagination. However, I want to ensure you get the highest quality photography to buy - therefore two other things also matter.  

(1) what the art piece is printed on and

(2) how the work is printed.

I can say, hand on heart, that the quality, the actual ‘feel’ and characteristics of the prints you buy from Stone Lens Photography, are exceptional. Unbeatable, frankly. I am completely confident in knowing I'm giving you quality photographic prints. It's why, despite making it super-easy, I've never had any returns ... ever.

Oh, and all my print production and sales are 100% carbon neutral. All of it.

Carbon Neutral Symbol for Stone Lens Photography Site

The print paper for your top quality photographic prints

I only use Hahnemuhle Paper. These people have been making paper since 1584. For real.

Hahnemuhle paper Logo - Stone Lens Photography prints

The papers they manufacture are so seriously top-end and fabulous that I could almost eat them. Divine papers, truly.

All Hahnemühle papers have been certified by independent institutes to be highly resistant to ageing and are vegan in order to meet the highest requirements of my customers.

These are the 2 papers that I use

(1) Hahnemühle German Etching Paper

Currently my total favourite!

It has an inkjet coating designed especially for Fine Art work. Using 100% alpha cellulose is what gives this white art paper an extraordinary velvety tactile fee. ln addition, it's got a detailed, clearly defined structure. I could go on forever about this paper, I really could.

closeup of colourful fine art print on very textured Hahnemuhle German Etching paper

Just look at the texture - it's from myJewel Thieves series and really shows the depth and magic of this paper

The unique surface texture adds a very special touch to images, revealing all their splendour with an impressive three-dimensional effect and depth. In addition, the premium matte coating guarantees outstanding print results with excellent reproduction of colour and detail, deep black and optimum contrasts. German Etching is acid- and lignin-free and therefore meets the most exacting requirements in terms of age resistance.

The weight

A seriously heavy paper at 310gsm - every time one of my test prints comes back I think I’m holding a painting. I kid you not – it really gives rthe print a handmade, crafted feel.

(2) Hahnemühle Pearl paper

This sumptuous paper has a smooth orange peel texture and a bright neutral white base. Consequently, it creates really natural black and white images with vibrant colour reproduction and great detail.

close up of dark part of an image on Hahnemuhle Pearl paper

I think this shows really clearly the silky, sheen of the soft orange peel quality of this exquisite paper

It’s not as heavy as the German Etching but is, however, substantial, at 285gsm. The paper is resin coated with a fibrous feel. The satin finish of the resin coating gives depth to the image which combined with the texture and vibrant colour reproduction give the image the feel of an oil painting.

The printing process for the highest quality photography to buy

I only use Giclee Printing.
Unlike C-types, (continuous tone and chemical process prints, where colours are produced by a chemical reaction), the colours on Giclée prints are produced by applying pure pigment inks directly to the paper. So, I can achieve an exceptional colour range and sublimely smooth gradient transitions.

These are photos of the guys at the printers I use - the real people who do your printing - a professional bunch

General view of the photographic print room  

Woman removing a print sheet from machine at art printers

   Man colour checking at photographic printers

Giclée printers gives a higher dot per square inch resolution than normal inkjet printers, producing much finer prints. My printers use the latest best-in-class Epson Sure Color P9000 printers, capable of producing print resolutions up to 1440 x 2880 DPI.(i.e. massive!).

Man in professional photographic printers checking images          Man with magnifying glass at professional printers checking a photograph

Giclée printers use a higher quality of fade-resistant, archival, pigment-based inks. When these are applied to high quality archival substrates I use (Hahnemühle papers ONLY!) it results in an unbeatable archival lifespan of up to 200 years.