Let’s talk Metallic! This blog post is about using metallic photo paper for equine images. In my previous blog posts on the topic of photography papers, I have mentioned that your choice of paper can make or break an image. A paper choice can make the difference between fizzle and sizzle. Between faded and vibrant.

if you are a typical consumer, and not a photography nerd like me, who prints snapshots at home or from a big box chain, you probably don’t even realize that metallic photo paper exists, much less what to use it for. That’s because metallic photo paper isn’t offered to the general public.


Metallic Photo Paper for Equine Images


Metallic photo paper is available only to professional photographers from professional labs. It’s a favorite to many professional photographers for a variety of reasons. Metallic paper is cool…but it does have some limitations.

First, let’s talk about some of the pros of Metallic photo paper.

  • Pearlescent effect embedded into the paper itself
  • Luxurious brilliance to the images
  • Almost creates a 3D effect which gives photos a depth that no other paper can
  • Color is truly vibrant and tends to pop
  • Very high gloss finish
  • Often used for more artistic images
  • Defined and Sharp Images
  • Images with reflections and negative white space will look amazing on metallic
  • Best when framed WITHOUT glass
  • Black and White usually look great on metallic
  • Paper is really durable; resistant to tearing and curling
  • Much less likely to scratch


There are some cons to Metallic photo paper

  • Fingerprints can be an issue
  • Best for images not handled frequently
  • More expensive




Learn more about Photography Papers


Photography paper can make or break your image when it comes to equine photography. Think of all the beautiful colors of the horse world – the rich blacks, vibrant chestnuts, beautiful bays, warm palominos, and all the colors in-between. And that’s before you even look at the colors of the landscape horses live in. If you are going to pay for professional photography, it’s important that your final product shows off your horse and his/her environment looking as beautiful as possible.

Ride the Sky Equine Photography clients have to opportunity to see – and feel – example papers of all types with different images printed on them. If you are a visual and tactile learner, it’s a great way to be able to know the difference between photography papers.

For a brief overview of photography papers, read below to see some of the differences between the papers and learn why some might be a better fit for your images than others.

Glossy Photo Paper for Equine Images

Matte Photo Paper for Horse Images

Lustre / Luster Photo Paper for Equestrian Images




Betsy Bird of Ride the Sky Equine Photography spends her days doing insane things to make horses look at her. Clearly, she’s desperate for attention. When she’s not celebrating the stories of the amazing horses in her clients’ lives, she invests time and energy into perfecting her equine photography skills and growing her business, hanging with her favorite rescue dog, Nitro, and planning her next big adventure. She also tries to spend some time educating and entertaining her fans and potential clients by blogging and posting on social media about whatever catches her fancy at the moment. 

Betsy is a Certified Professional Photographer (CPP) with the organization Professional Photographers of America (PPA). The CPP designation is held by fewer than 2,000 photographers nationwide and is a hallmark of consistency, technical skill, artistry, and professionalism. Ride the Sky specializes in on-location photography for equines. Ride the Sky also has the option of bringing the studio to the stable. Based in Chattanooga, TN, Ride the Sky Equine Photography works on location in Tennessee, North Georgia, and beyond.

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