With portable printers that can sit beside the coffee maker in the kitchen to ATM-style kiosks in multiple retail stores and dozens of online services clamoring for your dollar, digital photographers certainly don’t want for photo printing options – so where are people printing their photos? And, more interestingly, just how many photos are people printing in a year?
According to the research firm Lyra, we made 26.9 billion photo prints in 2010 (mind you, this is a worldwide number). Of these, 13.5 were ordered online and 13.4 were printed at home. This sounds like a lot – but it’s really not. In the U.S. alone it’s estimated that we take about 80 billion photos a year.
While online and retail print services have a lot to recommend them, particularly cost, it’s worth remembering that – done correctly – home printing can actually produce the longest lasting photo print of any of the various methods available to you. In any event, while it’s not practical or cost effective to print every photo you capture, there is a good case to be made for printing some of them
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