Skip to comments.AFFORDABLE PHOTO PRINTING
Posted on 12/04/2009 5:16:10 PM PST by SWAMPSNIPER
I take a lot of photos, I've completely worn out 4 cameras in the last 8 years. I've gone through as many printers, all of them really too expensive to feed on my budget.
I installed a constant ink supply system recently, and I've tested it enough to predict that it will last. My greatest expense item is now the photo paper.
Print quality is excellent, I might get better results from a pro print shop, but not much better if at all.
I'm a big fan of HP printers but those little cartridges are just too expensive!
This is still a moderate volume home printing set up but it more than meets my needs.
I swear by zenfolio. Takes a couple days but they do a fine job at a reasonable enough price that I can make a few bucks per photo when I sell prints.
More info please.
What is this “print” thing of which you speak? You put paper on the screen?
I’m still using my old Epson Stylus 1280, and it does a bang up job with my B3 (14X19) prints.
The blue tape is particularly stylish. : )
Thanks for the information. I do photo restoration customers via computer and have to do a lot of color checks before a final print. Can get very expensive!
I have a similar setup I bought from a company in Australia.
It works great.
Money is not the only savings. Time, lots of time and hassle are also saved in addition to money.
I'd like to be able to preview the positives. Not all of the photos are worth re-printing. I'd want decent quality prints, too. Anybody know the best way to do that at home?
Great, more bird pictures thanks. Although I dont recognize the species, I will enjoy them nonetheless. ;-)
Now THAT is funny!
Anything that keeps you taking/posting pics—I’m all for it! LOL
I use an Epson Stylus 88 and an HP PSC 750. I’ve noticed that the same photo on glossy paper held at an angle has flat areas (the black or dark areas) on an Epson print but looks consistently glossy on the HP, which is more like a lab photo print. Do your Epson prints have the consistent look? I’m just wondering if it’s the model or the brand at fault.
I never pulled the packing tape off, the printer hasn’t jammed yet. I suspect this may be another printer they stop making, it’s pretty decent! They do that with cameras too. I tend to wring every drop of use out of things, I’m not a good consumer, LOL. If I sold anything on Ebay it would be scraps in a ziploc bag!
As the ink in the cartridge drops it creates a partial vacuum that pulls ink through the lines. The system air vents are the little filters on top of the storage tanks. You refill via the colored plugs.
I tend to prefer matte and luster papers, but even the Premium Glossy ones seem to be as good as anything I've seen from the labs. I'm no expert, so perhaps I'm just not as discerning as a pro would be... or perhaps I'm just cheap and don't want to upgrade.
My image files are stored in the computer, the printer puts them on paper, just like a commercial operation. I can also print labels on CDs and DVDs if they have a printable surface.
Why would you want to do such a thing? Do not your potential recipients have devices to read image files?
Is there no Photobucket? Is there no Imageshack?
You can get a device which allows you to shoot negatives and slides with a camera. I don’t know much about the process though.
“Why would you want to do such a thing? Do not your potential recipients have devices to read image files”?
I just printed a set of bird prints for the local humane society fund raising auction. The image files I used were much larger than those I store online. The 800X600 files I have on Photobucket will make a decent print at 4X6 inches but for really nice larger prints you need more file data. You’ve always got to consider that when you reduce the physical size of an image file you are discarding data and you can’t get it back. The files I save for printing are in TIFF format, they don’t deteriorate like JPG files will. A printer can only reproduce the data it gets, the more the better up to a point.
Get a color laser printer.
I have an Okidata and it prints glossy color on plain paper.
The only thing that doesn’t come out glossy is pure white.
I’ve had it about 2 years and run probably 8 reams of paper and i’m still working on the origional toner cartrages.
To buy the toner for all 3 colors and black is about $100 and laste a long long time.
Inkjets beat laser printers for image quality by a good margin.
Jeez i had to read all the comments twice to figure out what you are talking about.
I am still confused why do you need a second supply of ink, when the first one runs out can you just change it?
You should someday think about upgrading to an HP DesignJet with 12 ink cartridges. 4 shades of black and 8 different colors. It gives very accurate red hues.
Heh, heh, heh. The jokes write themselves.
Get an HP Advanced Profile System. You get a colorimeter to measure your LCD output and that way you can calibrate an HP printer to match what you see on the screen. Much less waste of test prints.
If you are an average user a set of cartridges might last a long time. I can use up $70.00 worth of cartridges just messing around, in a couple of days. The ink in the tanks will last me close to a year, hundreds of prints.
I have a Pantone Huey Pro for monitor calibration. It keeps my edit output pretty close to what the printer needs. The HP monitor I have will try to self calibrate if it isn’t blocked, as will Photoshop. You have to disable the Adobe gamma feature in Photoshop. The Pantone program works great.
Ahhh, thank you very much!
I am sitting here looking at my HP Ps7450(it was a demo model at 60% off)that I used to make 8 massive family photo albums a couple of Christmases ago and I am jealous(yes, I covet thou printer). I tried off brand photo paper and ended up with HP Premium Photo paper because the colors stayed truer. It upped the cost, but, if you factor in the cost of the printer I figured I squeezed every cent out of the project. I know that throw away things is not P.C., but, it worked for me.
Agree re inkjet.
Ok i got it. I do not have a printer and did not understand the price of ink (jeez it is more expensive than gold)my wife goes to Walmart and gets the pics done while she shops..
If you get a printer and intend to use a CIS system use up the original cartridges first. Some of the original cartridges contain additives to break in the new printhead. You may also need to transfer the OEM chips to the system cartridges.
Printers with the printheads built into the cartridges aren't practical for conversion, the printheads don't last very long.
I've never had a problem with Stratitec ink.
Thanks for the info. Btw, I enjoy your bird photos posted here.
Can you recommend a good printer that is Compatible with CISS.
I’m a little(ok alot) confused.
I like my HP D5460.
It’s hard to find though.
I own a variety of printers, from an Epson Artisan 800 All-in-One, to a 24” Canon Prograph iPF 6200. I use a number of different color management approaches, including custom profiles from paper manufacturers, and profiles I build myself using Datacolor Spyder 3 and EFI ColorExpress. For everyday color printing of photos, CD/DVD, and the like, you cannot beat the Artisan 800/810. For fine art, or photos up to 13x19, my favorite is the 8 color Canon 19900 or the Canon Pro 9500. I own both, and they are dependable, durable, and impressive printers. I use the Canon iPF6200 with 24” x 50’ rolls of Fine Art Watercolor, Inkpress Rag, Red River Polar Matte/ Ultra Pro Satin, or Hannemule German Etching paper for very large prints. For photos on all of the printers, I prefer Illford Gallery Pearl in rolls or sheets. Lately, I have been mining the Library of Congress collection, and restoring theatrical posters, WPA posters, WWI posters, 4x5 TIFF files of WWII scenes (Rosie the Riveter and such) or American Indian Ethnographic studies from the 1900 and prior. I do all of this for fun. Without doubt, it can be tedious work, but it's my hobby, and the quality I produce is superior to any commercial glicee I have yet seen.
Fascinating. Thanks for sharing.
BTW, I have a HP Photosmart C6280 All in One. How much does it differ from yours?
I’m curious and uninformed, so I appreciate this thread. A friend recently noted that Kodak printers are being marketed as having much lower per-page costs than H-P and others— does anyone here have experience or opinions on their recent products?
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