It’s funny even today with digital photography this questions is still as fresh as it was when I shot film years ago. Should you buy an expensive printer and print at home or should you send your prints out and have them down?
Years ago I would get into discussions with other photographers at out monthly photo club meeting. We would get into talks concerning should you buy all of your own chemicals and turn one room in your house into a dark room? “Mine was a closest in my parents house.” Or should you send the rolls of film out to have it developed?
I hardly ever print a picture at home. I don’t have a good printer. I just upload mine to Smug Mug or ShutterFly and let them do the work for me.
The reason I don’t like to print at home is the ink prices. I feel that even with shipping I can send my work out and have one of the above companies create my prints and mail them back to be for less than I would pay for printing at home. It is also nice to have Smug Mug mail prints directly to my clients. I never have to get involved in the process of mailing prints to my clients.
At the end of the day there really is no right or wrong answer to this question. What ever makes you happy and seems to make sense to you. I would like to hear about your picture printing. Do you Print of Send Out?