1. How old are you? 49 (female)
2. How often do you use your photo printer? In spurts; sometimes several days in same week, sometimes several weeks between use.
3. What keeps you from printing more pictures? Cost of ink & it seems I am always out of ink when I need it most. I have an Epson 1280 & we're considering investing in a bulk ink continous flow system for it.
4. Why does it seem that we print less pictures with photo printers than when we used to have to get a roll of film processed? I probably print more than what I had developed on film! I take many more pictures with digital camera, because I know I can delete the bad ones and I don't have to worry about wasting film. I used to not be able to take good pictures - cut heads off, or too far away, or too far off center, etc. The display screen on the digital camera has changed all that, plus I can re-center and crop to make a so-so picture look perfect. Still, with all the pictures I take now, I find slide shows on DVD & VCD a much better solution and print the best as 8x10 od 11x14 for framing.
5. Do you use your photo printer for personal use or professional use? Mostly personal, but we also do custom T-shirts with professional quality inket transfer paper & heat press. Generations photos on t-shirts very popular for family reunions & kids photo t-shirts great for birthday parties.
6. Do you take pictures from a digital camera or from your cell phone? Obviously digital camera. For now, resolution available on cell phone not worth the investment. If I could have a camera on my cell phone that had as good or better resolution than my digital camera, wouldn't keep the batteries drained, & I wouldn't have to take out a second mortage to buy, it would be nice to have less gadgets to carry.
7. Do you carry your photo printer around, if so for what purpose? If not, would you see an advantage in having a transportable photo printer? Epson 1280 is wide format printer and definitely not portable. With the six-color ink, there is a noticeable difference in quality over all my other printers. Don't see much advantage of portable printer for now; I'd still need to haul around photo paper & ink and even the small photo printers are still too awkward to carry around.
8. Where would you want to have your photo printer at home for it to be more convenient? It is currently in a corner of the kitchen (kinda of home office corner) where it is centrally located in the house and available to all our computers - networked on a separate print server.
9. Would you see your photo printer residing in the kitchen or living room or as you walked into the house to print the pictures you took that day? My camera is an older one that doesn't connect directly to photo printers, & the printer I use to print photos doesn't connect directly to camera, so I have to upload to computer anyway. I may as well crop, fix red-eye, resize, correct color or brightness, etc., before printing or print album pictures 4 on a page (8x10) cheaper in the long run over the 4x6 individuals.
10. What feature is missing on your photo printer? It doesn't have the bulk ink attachment yet, but there are several available for this particular printer - Epson 1280 may be a few years old, but still highly recommended by those in transfer business. It even has an attachment for roll paper, but I've never used the rolls. Since I like to check over my pictures on computer before printing, I don't see much need for direct camera connect or viewing screen.
11. How would your perfect photo printer look like? I guess just like it does. If I ever considered a portable, it would need to fit in camera bag or fit neatly in laptop bag with my laptop.
12. Except printing picture, what else would you like to print on your photo printer? I already print most anything printable on this printer, however, I generally use an older HP printer for regular documents, not because the ink cartridges are cheaper, but because they are easier to refill - no chip on cartridges.
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