Home Studio, Freelance, & Hobbyist Photo Printers

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What To Look For In A Photo Printer

Believe it or not, an inexpensive printer can actually cost much more than the right printer over its lifetime (double, triple, or even more). Translation, buying the wrong printer hurts!

This quick video Will help you determine if a home studio/freelancer photo printer is right for you.

Key Considerations

Defining what you need in a printer will make the decision much easier.  Here are a few questions that can help you decide if a professional photo printer is best for you.

  • Paper Handling

    How much paper can it hold? Does it have roll feed or cut-sheet? Where is the paper loaded? What is the paper cost per print, and how easily can I track that cost?

  • Ink Tank Size & Availability

    Small ink tanks may have smaller price tags, but they cost more per ml.  Some printers use more ink than others.

  • Archival Properties

    Pigments inks last longer than dye inks.  But how long will YOUR print last? How long does your customer want their print to last?

  • Print Quality

    Does the printer accurately replicate colors?  How many colors does the printer mix to create its color gamut? 

  • Connectivity & Portability

    Desktop or on a stand with rollers? 17-24-inches wide or larger? Wi-fi, Ethernet, or USB? Just a few things to look for before purchasing.

  • Ease Of Use

    What software is included and how easy is it to use? Do I need additional software?  Does it print from PhotoShop/LightRoom?

13 & 17-Inch Wide Photo Printer Models

24-Inch Wide Photo Printer Models

Why Buy A Photo Printer

Printing your own work has many benefits, but it can be intimidating if you’ve never owned a large format printer.  For that reason, many people ignore the possibilities and the opportunities that come with owning a professional level large format photo printer.

For those that are interested and would like to try it out without breaking the bank, purchasing or financing one of the models on this page is a great place to start.

Nothing sells a print quite like another print! Translation, your customers are more likely to buy a print from you if they are holding one in their hands.  Outsourcing can be expensive and there is a waiting period.  Printing in-house will lower the cost of printing and you’ll gain the ability to print any time of the day or night without restriction, fees, or wait times.

Professional Attire Accessories

Is A Small Photo Printer Right For You

These smaller models may have a more budget-conscious price tag, but putting them in the wrong setting can slow down your printing operation and discourage you from using the printer.

Each customer is different and printers, unfortunately, are not one-size-fits-all.

If you'd like a roadmap to follow, check out our free printer buyers guide.


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