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I'm big into my photography at the moment and I'm in the market for a new printer. Printing my photos off on regular printer paper is getting old because the pictures always look so bad. Can I buy photo paper for my HP printer? Or do I need an actual photo printer? Would this be cheaper in the long run than

I'm big into my photography at the moment and I'm in the market for a new printer. Printing my photos off on regular printer paper is getting old because the pictures always look so bad. Can I buy photo paper for my HP printer? Or do I need an actual photo printer? Would this be cheaper in the long run than having to get my photos done at Walmart? Thanks!

Best Answer:

Alexandra: You can print photos from any color inkjets, laserjets etc.. .All you need is photo-quality paper and tou are set. HP have a good photo paper as well as Weyheuser. This company has fantastic paper for cheaper.

Any good computer store carried photo paper from HP.

Other answer:

Alexandra:
I have been involved with digital photography since the first digital camera was sold by Casio, years ago, taking literally thousands of photographs. Over the years, I have used a number of printers to print these shots, including an HP Photosmart 1215 (ink jet) and an Epson Stylus Photo R280 (ink jet). These were high end printers at the time. I currently have an inexpensive Canon MX860 multifunction unit that I also print photos with. The quality difference between the Canon and the R280, when using virtually any photo paper, is such the average person cannot tell the difference. I can scan professionally printed photos, manipulate the image for hue, color balance, brightness, contrast, etc, and print them on the Canon with very little discernible difference, other than the texture of the paper.

Historically, Laser printers are best for predominantly text oriented jobs, such as business documents, etc. Ink jets have historically been used for image printing. None of the ink jets I have ever used had any 'banding' issues.

I would encourage you to first try a good quality (Kodak) glossy photo paper with your HP printer. The only reason I retired my HP Photosmart 1215 was there were no drivers for Windows 7 when I upgraded my PC and HP indicated they were not going to create any.

Ron:
Photo paper is expensive, and there are many grades of photo paper. It depends on what you call a good photo. Some people order their photos on matte paper, and they look like crap to me.

I like high end glossy photo paper. Then the next question is can the HP printer do a decent job. Some of the cheap printers suck for quality.

John S:
Most modern printers will print photos just fine. If you want something that will last, you will want to use photo paper.
stan l:
Which model F$#%@#$ HP printer do you have??? Most, if not all, will print photos. SMFH!

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