Hello, photo friends:
My wife and I own a B&B in the Blue Ridge Mtns. of VA. I shoot digital of the area, developing my RAW images via C1, then tweaking them in Picture Window 3.5. Love BOTH these programs!
Here's the query on which I'd appreciate experienced response: I want to sell framed prints of my work to guests that frequent our inn. Should I purchase, say, the Epson 1800 and "do my own"; OR, is it more sensible to copy images to a CD and send the CD out having someone else do the printing?
The factors I see involved are:
1. expense- which is really more costly?
2. I won't be printing all the time--- the Epson may sit for months without being used. Will the ink dry up, clog, or whatever (hence increased cost in this aspect)?
3. Is it relatively easy to get really good prints, assuming I embrace the expected learning curve? Mediocre won't do, so how "bad" is the learning curve?
4. Is "do it yourself" printing a labor intensive process, meaning this--- WOULD IT BE BETTER TO SEND OUT THE IMAGE, PAY TO HAVE THE PRINT MADE, AND AVOID THE MYRIAD TIMES I'LL BE ON THIS SITE PESTERING YOU GOOD-HEARTED SOULS WITH MY DEVELOPING "PROBLEMS"???
My current experience in printing is using an HP 950 3-in-1 printer. Pretty nice results, but I'm sure not nearly as good as I can expect from, say, the Epson 1800.
I like the challenge of "doing it myself", but truly, if I can get pro results very simply by sending out the CD images to a pro, I can't help think I may be saving myself a lot of frustration--- ?
Thank you, folks. Your help is most appreciated.
John Lewandoski <email@example.com