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What is Silver Halide Printing?

Author: The Printique Team

When it comes down to it, a shared tangible image with friends and family creates a bond. It’s a record of your life and experiences that show who you love and where you left your footprint in life.

Printing your photos also ensures there is a physical copy of your life. We know – That’s a pretty strong statement.  Files can be corrupted, and the cloud can be hacked.  You take pictures to remember moments, to become nostalgic, to laugh, to remember your loved ones. These memories are not meant to be password-protected and accessed only if there is a power supply. They are meant to be printed, held in your hands, and shared with the next generation. That’s why Printique offers silver halide printing.

woman looking at prints manufactured by printique

Is all printing the same?

No, far from it. Printique is one of the few photography labs around that still uses traditional technology to create prints and books. The process is called silver halide printing. Silver Halide photographic prints are printed using light-sensitive paper and silver-based chemistry.  The paper is exposed to light, and the image is infused into the paper through a chemical process.

Printique’s images with the Silver halide process are sharper, have more vibrant colors, depth, and better flesh tone reproduction than our competitors. Our competitors offer ink printing where the ink is applied on top of the paper. The image may shift slightly causing a loss of sharpness, and the final product is much more likely to fade or be susceptible to surface damage over the years.

Translation: Printique cares about your photos and wants to ensure they will become treasured heirlooms that can be passed down for generations, not just a fading memory. Want to know more about silver halide printing?

wedding photo book on table printed by printique

Silver Halide Printing Characteristics

-Increased Color Gamut for Stronger, Brighter, more Vibrant Colors.

-More Natural Skin Tones

-Images are Sharper

-More Brilliant Whites and Richer Blacks

-Fine Details in Highlights and Shadows

-Resist Fading for Generations

man holding photo of children printed by printique


What does this type of printing mean to those who receive silver halide prints?

“As a professional photographer for over 18 years, I know how important the print quality of my images is to me, but more importantly, how essential it is to my clients.  Photographs are the documentation of our relationships and experiences, and they should last not only our lifetime but be there for us to pass to our children.  As a photographer, I am a visual historian.  I want my images to be pieces of art that hang in my client’s homes and then become heirlooms for future generations.  Knowing that the photographs I take are then printed with the time-proven expertise and craftsmanship of a silver halide process, ensures me that I can trust the longevity of the work.  I can see the difference and so can my clients.” – Jennifer Hillenga

Be conscious of quality, give your photos a long and vibrant life by printing them with Printique.

Now that you understand the quality of silver halide printing, you’re ready to print like a boss.