In the digital age, most people view photographs on the screens of their devices. But there is something special about getting that image onto paper and displaying it on your wall, as a card or in a hand-bound book. There are a few choices for good, photo-quality printers, and any review roundup will point you in the right direction. Where the choices explode is in the selection of what paper you’re going to use. The weight, tone, surface and texture all affect how different photos will present themselves in the physical world. There are a dozen companies that sell hundreds of variations of paper. Dallas is fortunate to be the home of a company that offers the highest quality papers at prices that reduce printing budgets for all levels of photographers.
Red River Paper was founded by Richard Clampitt. Richard spent most of his life selling paper to print shops with Clampitt Paper Company. In 1996, he started Red River Paper with medical ultrasound paper. A year later, Drew Hendrix joined and both saw photographs printed on inkjet printers and decided to expand the paper selection to include inkjet photo paper. As inkjet technology has improved over the years, so has paper quality and selection. Red River Paper is now run by Drew Hendrix and carries 25 paper surfaces in various weights and sizes to meet the needs of today’s photographer.
WHAT SETS RRP APART:
Red River Paper manufactures paper by buying large bulk rolls from the top paper mills in the US, Japan, and Europe. They then sheet the paper and cut them down to the sizes they carry or create smaller rolls. RRP also scores all paper in house for their greeting card selection, and they sell everything directly to the customer to keep costs lower for the end user. They offer extensive inkjet printing support with their paper and more online tutorials than any of their competitors. Here is a video about what sets their photo paper apart: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3H5pGfGlhO4
STAFF FAVORITE PAPERS:
KAYLA (Customer Service) – 75lb. Arctic Polar Luster for landscapes
LESLIE (Marketing) – 68lb. UltraPro Satin for portrait photography and Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag for fine art photography
CINDY (Customer Service) – Both Polar Gloss Metallic and Polar Matte for landscapes and architectural images
DREW (President) – Palo Duro SoftGloss Rag for black and white landscapes as well as artistic infrared work
NEW TO PRINTING?
Red River Paper’s biggest piece of advice is to call them at 888-248-8774 if you are trying to figure out which inkjet printer to buy. They will help you find an ideal printer for your budget, paper preference, and space. They will also help you choose a paper or recommend a sample kit that will meet your needs.
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