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Forum: Digital Processing, Software, and Printing 08-09-2018, 02:30 AM  
Printing at home - what's the real cost?
Posted By othar
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I don't do large prints on my own so just adding some general thoughts.
A calibrated monitor would be nice to have, but I wouldn't call it essential for printing, I am sure many will disagree in that point. I think a calibrated monitor does more good when you share your pictures online, to get the colours of your image right for most potential viewers, but when printing yourself (at least for non commercial purposes) I think it's enough to have a general idea about the colour differences between your monitor and your printer. So basically printing one image and see if the colours are warmer or cooler as on the monitor.
I don't have a calibrated monitor but when I send my pictures for printing (I use 2 different printservices) I know that the same picture looks differently from different providers (from one I get colours slightly warmer than my monitor and the other gets colder colours, so I adjust my images accordingly)

I think your main concern will be the ink of the printer. 30-50 prints a year is not much and your ink may dry up or changes colour in time.
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