Not all photo papers are created equal. Most often than not, a great photo is a result of the printing quality and the type of photo paper used.
Most often than not, we fail to look at the effect of photo paper on printing, which affects the vividness of color, the texture or photo surface.
There are several types of photo paper which you can consider when you choosing.
This the most common photo paper widely used. The degree of glossiness is from normal to high glossy.
You may consider using a glossy paper if you want to accentuate the smallest details of the photo. The only challenge is the glaring view from certain angles.
This type of paper is the exact opposite of glossy. This is the best pick if you want zero glossiness. However, the photo could look cheap because of the lack of finish. This is a better option and is commonly used as marketing materials such as flyers, brochures or pamphlets.
This kind of paper represents a type of Satin finish with a textured feel. There are several finish options when going for this kind of paper. There are types that contain a low level of glare which a glossy paper has. It neither contains zero glossiness like a matte finish. It has a soft glow which produces a vivid color and quality may vary depending on the brand quality.
This a neutral type of paper that is in between the glossy and matte finish. It is nowhere near the glossiness of a glossy paper but has a little bit of level of glossiness ranging from a semi-glossy to a toned down glossiness. If you like to print bright colors, this is the best paper to try out because of its effect on printing. It has a lower reflection and makes a photo feel and look like a more traditional photo.
Overall, you need to determine the purpose for printing or how you would like a photo to look like and perhaps how you want your printing to appear to your viewers.