I have just purchased and successfully setup a printer for producing quality photographs. To be honest I have been postponing this day simply due to my frustrating experience with I.T. I began life with photography in the darkroom; so I am comfortable with the wet developing process but software and hardware compatibility leaves me cold through a working life of bitter experiences! The prospect of having to struggle with printers, software and computers has not been a happy one for me in the past. However, I have bitten the bullet and within a day I was successfully printing photos to send to my Tutor for assessment.
The tipping point in the decision to take the plunge was as a result of unsuccessfully getting my assignment two photos printed satisfactorily from a third-party. On checking with my Tutor he was insistent that my prints should be consistent and of high quality. I consulted my student forum for advice and one of my fellow students recommended the Canon PI7250 which is available for around £50. At first I was annoyed with my Tutor; but on reflection realized he was right and I was being silly. So I purchased a printer from Amazon on next working day delivery and had it running by late evening on the same day of delivery. I am using a colour Spyder4 to calibrate my screen and I downloaded an up to date printer driver in order to be able to create a reliable printer profile for Lightroom and Photoshop.
I have set Photoshop and Lightroom for 300PPI and made sure the printer is set to high quality on slow output setting.