I’ve made no secret of my photo obsession. I’ve always loved taking them (posing for them – not so much), and many moons ago I was trained to use an old-fashioned SLR camera, and to use a darkroom to develop film and prints.
Now the girls are a bit older I’m really loving getting back into ‘real’ photography again (using my DSLR, rather than just my camera phone). I’d pretty much forgotten all the technical stuff I learned – which, luckily, didn’t matter as it’s mostly irrelevant in this digital age.
Today there’s no fumbling about in a dark room, mixing chemicals and praying you don’t mess up the negatives. Now it’s as simple as turning on your photo printer, and clicking a button.
When I was given the chance to try the EPSON ECOTANK ET-2550 3-in-1 printer recently what appealed to me was the fact that – as well as scanning and copying – you could also print out photos.
I’ll be honest and admit that I’d always been dubious of printing photos at home. I knew what a technical process it was to print out perfectly exposed film photos, and didn’t see how a printer could replicate that. But ordering them online and having them delivered was time consuming and costly, so I was keen to give this a try.
My first batch on the photo printer had a bit of banding (a stripy finish) but Epson support told me how to test and recalibrate the ink nozzles. After that I was pleasantly surprised to find the quality wasn’t bad at all (see some examples in the top image). Not quite as great as professionally printed photos, obviously, but the colours were bright, and a good match to the digital versions, and perfect for things like school projects and thank you cards.
The other huge plus about the Epson EcoTank was that it used ink tanks instead of expensive cartridges (you can read more about that in my previous post HERE). With an estimated two-year in supply, I didn’t have to restrict my colour printing like I’ve always done in the past, or worry about it running out in the middle of a printing session.
All in all, I was really impressed with the time and money it saved me, and the quality of the prints.
Now I can go and take even more photos, right?!