I currently have a HP 1510 family inkjet printer with a picbridge. I received a HP photosmart 2610 printer (screen for editing I believe) for christmas. (person didn't know I had other) Recently got my first digital Kodak z730 camera. I'm an amateur, but can can appreciate the difference between quality and poor prints. Enjoy photography with my 35mm SLR, but looking forward to flexibility of new camera, too. I've been looking all over the internet trying to get info on what I should do about printing including wilhem imaging site. My needs are 4 by 6 prints that are good quality, that I can do some cropping and will last. It would be nice to do at home, but don't mind sending away online for now. I was thinking of returning my new printer and getting a dye sublimation portable one for convenience or just returning it, sending away or going to the local walgreens, and waiting for a future date for prices on printers to drop and my needs to be more defined. Help! Where would I get the best prints for a good price? Home on my Hp all in one? The new HP? a 4 by 6 printer? send away? (do they use different technology than me or the local grocery store?)When I used the grocery store's On the Spot printer, it was ok for christmas cards, but I wouldn't want it for framing. (it seemed sort of 'flourescent') I hear the inject prints don't last as long and they don't seem to have as much 'depth'. thanks to anyone that can give some thoughts.
I can't tell you about having your digital images printed by others, since I have never tried that. I edit my images in Photoshop and then print them on Epson inkjet photo printers (1280 and 2200). The results are superb, but it takes learning Photoshop and getting familiar with the printers. It is not hard but takes time. Fade resistance or light fastness of Epson inks/paper combinations vary, but for photo quality printers/papers it is long: 61 years to over 150 years. Other brands can have similar fade resistance characteristics; look at www.wilhelm-research.com. There are ample choices in inkjet printers from 4x6 to 8.5x11 to 13x19 and larger and many brands, although Epson is a safe bet and enjoys a steady following among photographers.