We get asked a lot about onsite printing, and at several presentations I’ve given in the past the first question is almost inevitably “what gear do you use?” Of course photographers are often very interested in gear, and ever since the advent of digital and the advances in technology in general, the gear seems to change at an ever faster rate. Since it’s important to ourselves and our clients that we are leveraging the best available technologies we, by virtue, must stay on top of what’s happening, and investments in the right equipment can keep you ahead of the curve.
Here are answers to some common questions:
- What type of printers do you use? The best ones we’ve used are all Mitusbishi printers (CP-9500DW, CP-9550DW, CP-9800DW and CP-3020DAU) - we’ve used Sony’s too but only in one of our specific photobooth setups.
- How do you charge? For us it’s based on so many factors, many of which were just listed above. Ultimately you should first know your own overhead costs and what you need to earn just to walk out your door, so pricing is a whole topic unto itself. I’d recommend John Harrington’s book which we’ve reviewed previously on our blog for more info on that.
- Where do you buy the photo insert cards? We get them from Collectors Gallery who does a great job and has lots of options.
- What software do you use for fast turnaround on your photo’s to be printed? We use Express Digital, as it’s the fastest and easiest program for both regular onsite printing as well as green screen.
Oh and about the photo? We were setting up at an event in a tent and it was raining and cold so we had to actually put up an umbrella while we were setting things up. Luckily the rain subsided and everyone had an amazing time!