Matt vs Glossy...?

Discussion in '35mm Cameras' started by Chris Buckett, Aug 18, 2003.

  1. Hi all,

    When getting my film processed, I'm asked if I want my prints matt or
    What's the difference (apart from the obvious - I know one's shiny, and one
    If I'm going to scan them in, am I better having matt or glossy?

    Chris B.
    Chris Buckett, Aug 18, 2003
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  2. Chris Buckett

    Don Stauffer Guest

    Glossy is capable of higher contrast. This is because when viewing a
    glossy print you automatically adjust the print angle to make it reflect
    darker backgrounds behind you. Matt print scatters lots of ambient
    light, reducing darkness of shadow detail. I thus always prefer glossy
    Don Stauffer, Aug 18, 2003
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  3. Chris Buckett

    Ken Cashion Guest

    On Mon, 18 Aug 2003 14:52:51 +0100, "Chris Buckett"

    The degree of reflectance is not important but the way it is
    achieved is what matters. A flat, smooth surface is preferred to a
    rough or uneven one when scanning or copying...and scanning is a
    copying process.
    The glossy finish almost has to be on a flat, smooth surface
    and it is the surface texture that often gives the matte, or flat
    There used to be many variations to this. Matte, flat,
    lustre, sheen, are all words to discribe the degree of spectral vs.
    diffuse reflectance of the print surface.
    Glossy prints are more awkward to view because of their
    specular reflectance, and they show finger prints easier, but it is
    this flat surface that is best for scanning.

    Ken Cashion
    Ken Cashion, Aug 18, 2003
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