I've just bought some very fancy (and correspondingly expensive) hp photo paper to do some prints, and it's pants! It's gone slightly stripy and the contrast is a bit weird. I had a few free samples lying around which were much better, but I don't know what make they were (typical!).
Recommendations, please? I have a not terribly sophisticated hp inkjet printer. What about the matt/glossy thing?
It sounds like you might just need to do a print head clean on your printer (do a check on the settings of your printer on your computer). I'd start with a new ink cartridge too. Make sure you are also printing in PHOTO mode which is different from normal printing. Again, check your printer settings on your computer. Lots of places do sample packs of their own papers e.g. www.zentrex.co.uk so you could try that. Otherwise it might just be a matter of trying different papers, although if you have an HP printer then HP paper should give you the best results.