It takes me a lot time to compose and process my images.
I have to have things just right - like waiting for the wind to stop blowing the flower around that I am concentrating on, or waiting a few more minutes until the clouds, that are blocking my light, move away from the sun.
Then comes the processing on the computer which can be even more time consuming.
I always thought the printing part was the easiest, until I started reading about color management and printer profiles and calibrations. I tried to align all the programs and drivers with the right color profiles so the flow-through would all be consistent
I cannot tell you how much ink and photo paper I went through with my photo printer while doing this.
The colors always seemed to be off to me - didn't matter what expensive photo paper or inks I tried - the results were the same.
I decided to try some compatible ink at cheap prices for computer printers that I found online, and the results were pretty much the same. I found no print difference with the generic cartridges - wish I had discovered them earlier!
I also picked up some tips for saving ink while printing. They were a most welcome find.
I read that cleaning the print heads may help clear up printing problems, but that didn't seem to help my color problems either.
I kept fiddling around with the different profiles and configurations for the printer until I could get a decent print - for home use only.
Any gifts or sales that I do I have them printed professionally - and it is certainly worth every penny - they are gorgeous - especially the larger sized ones.