One thing I never thought about was paper fading until last year. For my photography classes at AC our teachers recommend a certain paper and I bought what they recommended for my first few semesters and then bought a different brand last year. What I found after a few months was YELLOW paper, not white!
I went to go visit my old portraits teacher the other day (Portraits by Tracy) and somehow we started talking about photos fading over time. I told her about a photo I printed at Walmart in September and how it's already yellowed alot in those 7 months! (I really couldn't believe it yellowed so fast!)
I asked her if maybe Walmart wasn't the best option to print photos at and wondered if a more professional lab would be better? Obviously clients would not be saving any money if they use Walmart to print their photos at and they turn yellow within less than a year because they would have to keep re-printing them if they didn't want them to be yellow; and hopefully all clients want the option to have your photos last for 100s of years so if they fade after 7 months imagine what they would look like after numerous years!
She suggested printing photos at a professional lab and walmart and then covering 1/2 the photo so sun doesn't hit that half and see what the sun does to the other half over time. Obviously I loved this idea and got prints ordered that same night!!
Today I taped each photo to a piece of foam board that is a little bigger than the 8x10 print and then covered 1/2 the photo.
Since I don't have an East/West facing windows in our house I thought I would leave these all in my car so they can get as much sun as possible and help speed up the "fading" so I can show ya'll results faster.
Be watching for me to post the results. It might be 2 weeks, 2 months, or who knows! Subscribe with your email to the right so you will see when the results are in!!