How do you do....it? Thread, printing photos in Technical; Does anyone print their own or school photos themselves? I mean on photo paper a decent enough quality for a ...
10th November 2008, 03:45 PM #1
Does anyone print their own or school photos themselves? I mean on photo paper a decent enough quality for a photo album rather than a4 photos for displays that are to last half a term.
I've printed a few test photos off on our school HP970 which were decent quality but I can't find any info on cost per print to compare with the cost of taking a memory stick up to our local ASDA and getting prints from there.
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10th November 2008, 04:49 PM #2
I generally print my own (on a Canon Pixma IP3000 or IP4600) - cost per print is vastly more than going to Asda/Boots/etc, I can't even buy the paper for what they charge per print! As I only do a few, I don't really mind the cost difference (the convenience of DIY is worth it for a single shot), but if I was doing a whole album I'd get them done some place.
10th November 2008, 05:13 PM #3
If I have a lot to print, I use PhotoBox
We use them at school too. For a few one-offs we use an Epson inkjet at school (can't remember the model offhand - but it wasn't my choice and I don't like it!) - it'll do up to A3 size. At home I use my Canon i965
10th November 2008, 06:21 PM #4
I bought an HP 8600 and a continuous ink system from our very own Contink and charge the school 50p for photo-quality A4 prints and £1 for A3, which is around about the cost of ink and paper plus a bit to pay for some card-backed A4/A3 envelopes for children to take them home in. That compares well with what you can get online, although for smaller prints you really are better off going to Boots or Asda.
Originally Posted by chrbb
10th November 2008, 06:48 PM #5
In all honesty there's absolutely no point in printing off photos in school unless it's for a one off or you're only expecting them to last for a few months.
A lot of work has gone into various photo printer based discussion and research on user forums and the like and the net result was pretty much that unless you wanted the to have the photos instantly it was seriously over expensive. About the only benefit is speed and convenience.
If you take the Canon iP4500 for example it'll print a photo on Canon photo paper for around £1.50 per A6 picture. That's using OEM cartridges and paper.
You could knock that down to around £0.30 per print using refilled cartridges (refilling yourself with quality bulk ink) and a third party paper but you'd have to take into account issues like colour profiles, the quality and longevity of the ink on the paper and lord knows what else.
When you take all that lot into account you might as well have walked 10 miles to Boots every day and handed the memory stick over to get them printer there.
Bottom line... Anything more than immediate gratification should be taken to the store and printed commercially.
10th November 2008, 06:51 PM #6
*starts writing the commission cheque*
Originally Posted by dhicks
Forgot about the A3 and A4 stuff... If you're wanting BIG images then it does start to get a bit more cost effective to print your own but only if you're using 3rd party inks and looking at something to last a few months or be protected behind glass, etc..
10th November 2008, 07:12 PM #7
I use FOTO.com United Kingdom : Photo printing, Digital photo developing for my personal printing, and we're just about to use them for a load of prints at the school. Excellent quality and quick turn around as well as being good value!
11th November 2008, 02:32 PM #8
I did the maths on comparing printing on my aging Lexmark at home compared to commercial offerings. I make it about 20p for each 6x4" printed on reasonable paper on the Lexmark.
11th November 2008, 02:52 PM #9
12th November 2008, 12:11 PM #10
Agreed on point 1, point 2 is beyond the scope of the point I was trying to make, but is entirely valid.
On point 3, it was indeed 6x4" sheets, and I did say as much
Point 4, yes agreed, but given that I'd already demonstrated that the ink and paper cost considerably more than getting it printed commercially those extra details are somewhat moot.
So we’re interested in 6″x4″ sheets. In metric terms, that’s 152×101mm, an area of 15352mm2.
12th November 2008, 12:22 PM #11
I suspect I was feeling my oats when I wrote the last post...
Originally Posted by SteveBentley
Humble apologies.. you got my lecture mode... must learn to hold tongue
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