I am planning to print my own photo books of my landscape and wildlife photography. I have a Canon PIXMA Pro9500 II pigment inkjet printer, and I have spent an extensive amount of time working with fine art papers (namely various photo-rag and other fully natural papers from Hahnemuhle, Museo, and Moab). I have not spent much time working with luster, gloss, or semi-gloss papers, and never spent any time working with double-sided papers.
I started a search, however most of them come up with the cheaper off-brand papers intended for the general home consumer market. I am curious if anyone has done any work printing fine-art photo books at home, especially on larger formats like 11x17 or 13x19. As far as specific questions go about the paper itself:
- What type of paper works best for a photo book?
- Some kind of ultra smooth semi gloss/luster?
- Are natural fine-art papers viable for a book?
- Are there any brands that make double-sided fine-art paper for inkjets up to 13x19" (A3+) size?
- How is the gamut and dmax of such papers if they exist?
- Do such papers work well with pigment inks like Canon Lucia or Epson UltraChrome?