What To Look For In A Photo Printer
Buying a printer based on the price tag is a bad idea. The wrong printer can cost you a fortune (no matter how great of a "deal" you got). The right printer will cost hundreds (even thousands) less over the life of the printer.
This quick video Will help you determine if a studio-sized printer is right for you.
Defining what you need in a printer will make the decision much easier. Here are a few questions that should help decide if a studio-level photo printer is best for you.
What types of media (paper) can the printer print on? What is the largest size you want to print? Do you need 2 rolls or just 1?
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
Pigments inks last longer than dye inks. But how long will YOUR print last? How long does your customer want their print to last?
Does the printer accurately replicate colors? How many colors does the printer mix to create its color gamut?
Connectivity & Portability
What is the largest printer you can get for the space you have available? Is a 24-inch or 44-inch printer enough, or do you need 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?
24-Inch Wide Photo Printer Models
Why Buy A Photo Printer
The biggest opportunity for printing and selling photos is a studio environment. Having a printer in-house can increase sales by giving photographers the ability to print what they (and their clients) want, when they want it, 24/7/365.
Professional photo printer models typically have features not found in smaller, home-based models (often purchased at the local big box store). A common difference is professional models hold larger supplies than smaller, entry-level models. Larger supplies cost less per print and last longer, meaning you’ll get more for your money.
Easy to use, minimal maintenance required, and no special skills or additional staff needed to operate it!
Is A Studio Printer Right For You
These professional photo printer models are versatile, powerful, and have a reasonably budget-friendly price tag. They work quite well in most settings and can be a great resource for earning more money per shoot and growing your client base.
Each customer is different and unfortunately, printers are not one-size-fits-all.
If you'd like a roadmap to follow, check out our free photo printer buyers guide.
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