Is a Snapshot Printer Right For You? Take the Test and Find Out

The digital camera significantly advanced the ease and convenience of capturing and sharing images when it was introduced years ago. For those shutterbugs who wanted a hard copy of those images, the ability to print and edit photos at home was a hallmark. Additions to the line up of printers available in recent years have provided even greater convenience however; allowing the immediate gratification of producing prints anywhere we go rather than waiting to return home to produce the images we capture. Snapshot printers have added portability to the process of creating prints.

Most of the major printer manufacturers now offer snapshot printer models. By answering just a few questions about their individual preferences, consumers can determine if these handy printers are the right choice for them.

Is there a frequent need to print pictures while away from home?

Snapshot printers allow users to take them anywhere they go. In general, they weigh from 2.5 to 5 pounds and are built for portability with handles for easy carrying. In addition, they connect with a camera or memory card directly or via a wireless connection such as Bluetooth or IR cutting out the need for a computer. Portability is the primary reason for selecting a snapshot printer.

Is there a need for a very simple and easy process to create prints?

Snapshot printers perform only one function, creating prints from a digital camera. Because of this and the ability to remove the computer from the equation, the printing process is very simple. Snapshot printers accept only precut paper to create 4×6 or in a few instances 5×7 or 4×12 prints, thus no trimming is needed once printing is completed. Most snapshot printers also offer a small LCD screen to allow users to make quick edits to crop pictures or make other adjustments. Ease of use and the space saving aspects of snapshot printers are another common reason for selecting them.

Will the printer need to produce text documents?

If users want a printer that will readily produce photographic prints as well as text documents a snapshot printer should be thought of only as a second device as they do not multi-task. These printers produce prints of the images on a camera exclusively. In addition, the sizes of the prints they are capable of producing is generally limited to 4×6 although some models offer other sizes as mentioned previously.

Is overall cost and quality of prints more important than portability?

The average snapshot printer is not expensive but offers no savings over their multi-tasking cousins. The average price is in the neighborhood of $80 to $200 with a per print cost of between $ 0.25 to $0.45. Snapshot printers are primarily dye sublimation or inkjet and offer very good photo quality although it is certainly not superior to the larger and more versatile full sized printers. The choice to purchase a snapshot printer is generally not based on superior print quality or pricing.

Clearly, snapshot printers rule the market for offering consumers the ability print photos immediately, any where they may take their camera. Although their functions are more limited than all-in-one or many traditional printers they meet a need for creating very good quality prints quickly and easily.

A New Way to Use Old Snapshots

If you’re like me, you have hundreds of photographs sitting in envelopes. Pictures from birthday parties, weddings, family gatherings, anniversaries, the Fourth of July, Thanksgiving and Christmas. You have already put the best snapshots into albums and these are leftovers. You don’t want to throw them away, but you also don’t know what to do with them.

Instead of letting your snapshots take up space and contribute to the clutter in your home, use them to make collages (at a cost of less than $10 each) that you can give as Christmas gifts to family and friends. Here’s how:

  1. Assess your collection of pictures. Do you have several dozen of your spouse or significant other? Your parents? Your children? Grandparents? A friend? A beloved pet? Decide which person would like to receive these pictures and divide them into groups accordingly.
  2. Buy a picture frame with glass (either 5×7 or 8×10) for each collage you are going to make. Department stores sometimes have sales on picture frames, and you can often purchase a suitable frame for $5 or less.
  3. Cut a sheet of paper (use cardstock, 24# paper or light cardboard) to match the size of the opening on the picture frame.
  4. Cut out the background of the pictures, leaving just the people (or pets). Cut out enough pictures to cover the sheet of paper.
  5. Arrange the cut-out pictures on the paper. Mix and match and experiment. Try placing the pictures at different angles.
  6. After you have an idea of how you would like to arrange the pictures, glue them to the paper. (Check the label to make sure that you can use the glue with photographs.) Cover the entire sheet of paper with pictures.
  7. When the glue is dry, insert the paper into the frame.

Collages are not only a good way to use your old snapshots, but the recipients also will cherish them for years to come as a special and thoughtful gift.

© 2003 LeAnn R. Ralph

Keeping Picture-Perfect Snapshots

Photos serve as remembrance of your past’s happy moments. Every time you look over those photos, old and new, emotions are felt once more. Storing photos is a great way to keep those happy memories alive that is why, you must start your way of keeping your favorite snapshots so they will last as long as forever. There are plenty of creative ideas for keeping pictures. Below are some of the exciting ways you can choose from to keep your treasured photos in a creative manner and also away from damage. You may follow one or you can do them all.

Albums are good storage material for many of your pictures. Depending on the album’s storage capacity, you can place as many pictures as you like. Photos are kept safe in albums whose pages are photo friendly. You may also think of a creative way in arranging your photos. Whether you like to arrange them in a chronological manner or make divisions and label them with titles like family, friends, classmates, and etc. Aside from albums, other photo books like scrapbooks and photo journals are cool ways of storing your bundles of photos too! Instead of simply allowing them to pile up inside a box and be moth-eaten, pasting them in pages with artistic design where they can get more attention is rather fun and worthwhile.

Placing picture-perfect snapshots inside picture frames is another way of storing photos. Not only that photos are prevented from being lost, they also serve as an attractive living room decor. If you have plenty of favorite photos that you want to display, a collage picture frame is a great idea for you. Collage photo frames are of double, triple, or more picture slots where you can place a number of photos while saving space in the table. Friends and visitors coming may even have a better time viewing those pictures displayed in your living room.

Because photos are keepsakes that hold true a happy moment in the past, they must be treasured safe and secure. The safest way of storing photos is keeping a soft copy of them in your computer or have them burned to CD’s and other data storage devices like USB drives. So anytime, you can view them in your computer and print them directly when a hard copy is lost or has been damaged. While keeping them digitally, you can arrange them too in any way you prefer so you will not have a hard time scanning over them.

Storing pictures in a photo album, in photo frames, or in CD’s and digital data storage devices are the most popular ways of keeping photos so they will last for a long time. Not all events in the past can ever be repeated. People tend to revive the thrill and the emotions on those events by reminiscing them over and over again. To keep a happy moment linger forever, make ready your camera and capture a cute pose or a special scene. Then, keep them with you so you can browse them time and time again.