Everybody puts round their
forecast for the coming year - business, economy, computer and when it comes to
photography - kit. Why so little on printing? Is it
not a sexy a subject - or is it rather a lot of the same.
When one considers how much money
is spent on ink and paper (despite the efforts or people like us to help keep
your costs down), it is surprising. I should not complain: like
'photo paper how you want it' there is little competition.
Where do I get my insight/
I read a lot, and Photkina was an indicator too - but then
I watch what the print service people are offering.
If they find a market for a printed service, then there must be similar
demand for you to do it yourself. Some areas we can help; others
go to a company which specialises in that product. then there is my gut feel.
Around in the industry for over 40 years that is an indication.
You have a 14 megapixel
camera? Well your photos can be blown up to be large - photos,
posters or designs. Specialist décor paper has been introduced to
meet that market. Or you can use the same gloss or satin papers
that you used in A4.
To produce an A2 (24x16.5 in
60x42cm) or A3 Plus (19x13in 48x33cm) you need a printer which can meet
this. This need not be large or expensive: - currently the Epson
3880 or HP Designjet 90 for A2 or the R2880 for A3plus (that's
what I have - with a Fotospeed bulk feed).
Expect some lower cost introductions in this
Along with décor prints becoming
more popular and they have been deskilled. The You frame home kit
is good - but we have discontinued that in favour of Jetmaster.
Canvas should not be a pre-requisite. Paper is easier to
Mugs, mats and
More and more everyday objects
are being decorated with your prints. Not our area - but more and
more people offering a service as special ceramics have made these more
commercially viable from specialist vendors
Another specialist are which we
are not into. For ordinary 10x8's mounted paper will give the same
effect - but for cubes etc they can be just right.
It was all the rage at Photokina,
but I'm beginning to think that this surfaces when there is nothing else of
importance. As someone remarked special glasses are
anti-social. I bought some software at Photokina to launch - and
it is still in the bag I bought home. Even I fall for things
Something else that has been
coming for years. I remember inkjet textiles being presented back
in the 1980's. Watch out for a cost effective service as these
Print your own
Despite the IPad and Kindle there
is something about the printed output which is user friendly. If
you have a laser printer (even mono) are lower cost it is so easy to print 2
pages per view on to the reverse side of used copier paper. I do
it - I guess I'm not the only one. And I have no commercial axe to
Merge of the Photo
Editing and Album Making Software.
We sell the latter,
and new versions offer more editing functions. I think we can
expect new versions (no inside knowledge) with editing approaching
Photoshop Elements and far better layout schemes for Photoshop, Corel, Serif
Well maybe we are the innovator
with "Photo Paper how you Want it" Paper cut to the size you want
and folded, punched, perforated too.
Certainly the print service companies offer
a lot. Maybe we will see more competition. We
I just repeat the Photobooks graphics that
GfK showed at Photokina. (the one that featured OPUSalbums.com!).
The service market is exploding: and print-your-own volumes are up
too. As I often say: "Photos that are not printed
are invisible". They may be on a disk - but they will be
My thoughts - What are
Best wishes for Christmas and the
PS - More bad weather! We
are up-to-date with shipments , but we get the occasional call from customers
whose goods have been delayed. We have had the most problems with medium sized
deliveries to the Irish Replublic where we have been using DHL.
delivery has been held up please accept our apologies. It is for reasons
totally byond our control.
PPS - Over the Christmas period we expect to
ship product out daily till 23 Dec, then by mail only 29, 30 Dec and daily from
4 Jan 2011. We will check for orders and emails daily throughout the holiday.
PPPS - If you ar a recently added customer apologies for the run of
emails. You were just catching up!