A lot is being written about digital photo printers these days. While most conversations center on the features and benefits of these printers and eventually all conversations lead to a comparison of the quality and costs of using a printer at home vs using a photo developing service like Walgreens, Wal-Mart or Costco. The bottom line is that it's true it's cheaper to download your photos to a photo finisher. But home photo printers are about lifestyle choices not cost savings. Having the ability to instantly print a photo at home enables a lot of lifestyle choices. That said here are a few uses that might have you considering a home photo printer if you don't already have one.
Healthcare - If you have any sort of chronic condition or even a skin condition capturing a photo record you can share with healthcare providers is a excellent use for a home photo printer. You may not want to email sensitive photos to your doctor but hard copy prints that you keep in your files may be useful records for changes in your condition.
Home Organization - The classic Polaroid photo tip for photographing your shoes and placing the photos on each shoe box is fast and easy with a photo printer. Same goes for other boxes around the home. Especially during a move a quick photo of the contents of a box tapped to the outside of the box can speed the search and find process after the move.
Insurance Documentation - Documenting new jewelry, electronic, art , etc. purchases is quick and easy with a photo printer. Vehicle and property damage can be quickly documented.
Family Life - Kids love pictures. Having a photo printer at home can enable all sorts of creative uses. Mom and Dad can have new pictures of their kids at work every week. Children can have pictures of Mom in their lunch. Grandma can get a quick picture of the cloths she sent jr. for his birthday. Kids can take and use photos in their schoolwork.
Entertaining - Why not send people home from the party with prints of photos from the party.
All of these functions can be done with a conventional photo finisher but the issue really is time and convenience. The printer marketers know this. Witness the effective HP commercials featuring the kids in their parents photos begging to get out of their digital cameras. People love to take pictures they don't always like to take the time to develop them. A good home photo printer can change that.