Taken at Point of Rocks, MD Railroad Station
If you bought your first digital camera simply because you wanted to save money on photos, it is likely that over time you realized that even digital photos come at a cost that includes (if you choose to print your own photos) the photo printers, photo paper, and ink. There was a time when photo printers were considered and exclusive digital accessory that was beyond the reach of most. Photo printers were pricey and even then, the quality of your photos was not comparable to that you would get from your traditional 35mm film. But times have certainly changed! The process of printing your own photos has evolved over time and it is now quite realistic for you to contemplate saving a good amount of cash by using a digital camera.
Good photo printers can be found for under $200 thus allowing you to those professional quality prints you’ve always wanted at a fraction of the cost you would have paid before. The top rated photo printers today are typically from brands that people have grown accustomed to over the years when it comes to both printers and camera equipment. But is brand really important when it comes to printers? Some would argue yes, brand can make all the difference. But then there is the counter argument that also has merit that you should not restrict yourself to big brands but rather should go for the printer that gives you the most value for your money regardless of brand.
One of the top brands today is Canon. With a rich enviable history in the industry, Canon understands photography and therefore knows what a photographer expects in a photo. A poor printer can all but defeat the purpose of even the most sophisticated digital camera. The printer is the thing that delivers the end result: a printed photo. That said, the photo printer doesn’t have to have all manner of sophisticated buttons and features that you will not only never know what to do with but also probably never use. Canon printers come in several models all aimed at meeting the different needs of both the amateur and the professional photographer.
Technology giant Hewlett Packard (HP)’s photo printers offer the best of both worlds. The HP printers are easy to hook up and easy to use and are deliberately built with non intrusive or intimidating controls. The printers made by HP are at a good price and the ink (a cost that many printer buyers often forget to factor in) won’t set you back too much either. The photo quality too is fantastic.
Another easily recognizable name when it comes to printers is Epson. One of the key drawbacks of Epson printers is the substantially higher cost when compared to the other brands. In addition, Epson photo printers are not usually ideal for a person who needs to print a lot of photos or other graphic heavy content quickly. The printers can be painstakingly slow. The ink for Epson printers is expensive too, and using generic ink in an Epson just won’t do the trick when you want a quality print.
The red glow from a subject’s eyes caused by a flash reflecting
off the blood vessels in the subject’s eyes.
The number of pixels in a digital photo.
“Photography to the amateur is recreation, to the
professional it is work, and hard work too, no
matter how pleasurable it may be.”
~ Edward Weston
Want some pancakes?
This is the way the Indians cooked some of their food. This a photo that I took at Natural Bridge, Va. on July 5, 2004.
While most people do just fine using their printer to produce photos to send to friends and relatives a home photo printer has more money saving and even earning potential than using that all purpose printer attached to your computer.
Home photo printers can help you design your own greeting cards and invitations, personal envelopes, and writing paper, calendars, name cards, and even help start your own sign making business. In addition having one of these printers can prove essential to people who have their own small home business, people who want to sell their photo art at craft shows or online or do photography as a career as well as at home freelance writers who wish to include high qualities photographs with their articles.
There are many home printers that can print photos on the market today but most experts agree that the three leading manufacturers of this equipment are HP, Epson, and Cannon.
Shopping for A Good Home Photo Printer
If you are shopping for a good home photo printer there are several things you are going to want to consider:
In addition spend some time online reading consumer and expert reviews of the different home photo printers available as these reviews will out line the benefits and reoccurring problems that you should be aware of. While these reviews are just opinions they are based on actual use of the product and can help you to make an informed decision as to which printer may be best for you.
Some stores offer a demonstration of various printers and if you have the opportunity to view such a demonstration then do so as it can give some idea as to how easy it is to use the individual printer and what its capabilities are.
Choosing the right home photo printer can give you clearer more beautiful pictures than you could ever imagine and provide you with a means to enhance your business presence or simply to save money by producing your own cards and other photo designs.
Today’s photo is really a painting by Thomas M. Nielsen that honors the American military who bravely served in Vietnam.
Painted by one of America’s foremost Vietnam veteran artists, this incredibly life-like scene was inspired by the haunting image of the Three Servicemen Statue at the Vietnam Memorial and memories of an actual combat scene witnessed by the artist. As a tribute to those who served, the edition was limited to 7,382 reproductions, symbolic of the number of days the American military was present in Vietnam.