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Thinking Outside the Box (or Photobooth) – When it comes to 5×7 or 8×10 photos

It has been a challenge for all of us to get through the back-order situation facing the on-site printing industry. Little did we know when we started the year that a Tsunami would impact our industry in the way that it has. Price gouging, rumor mills and web forum “half-truths” have added to the frustration.

We are always on the lookout for alternative solutions to the challenges that face us in regards to media supply. One of the formats continually challenged during this back-order situation is the 5×7. While not as popular as 4×6, there are a number of event and photobooth companies that have standardized on the 5×7 and/or 6×8 format. So what do you do when 5×7 is not available?

Why not use 6×8 as an alternative to 5×7? If you have a DNP DS40 printer for example, the cost per print for a 6×8 is the same as it is for a 5×7. If you have a Sony UPDR200 printer, the 6×8 format is less per print than the 5×7. Given the price gouging that we have seen in the market place for 5×7 (if you can find it), the 6×8 format seems like a much better alternative. You can offer a larger print than your competitor while justifying a higher price for your services. We call it, “thinking outside the box” or “turning lemons into lemonade”. If you are using programs like Darkroom Software for events, or Breeze Software for your photobooth, call us and we will help you with your formatting changes.

You can also apply this same ideal to 8×10 and 8×12. For example, if you have a DNP DS80, the cost per print for an 8×12 is the same as the 8×10 and you get 2 extra inches of paper for FREE!

Steve has over 30 years of professional imaging industry experience and is Sales Manager at Imaging Spectrum.


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    Eric Woodchek

    July 28, 2011 - 9:03 am

    Hi Mary,
    I’m sorry to hear that you are having trouble with your printer. Not sure what might be going on with your printer. Please email your contact info to and we will have a printer tech contact you. BTW, you can tape the ribbons back together and continue to use them.

  2. Steve

    July 28, 2011 - 8:59 am


    Ribbon breaks can happen for a variety of reasons.
    Please call me to discuss. I have some questions for you.

    Thanks again.
    Imaging Spectrum

  3. Mary

    July 21, 2011 - 11:48 pm

    Any ideas on what causes Sony UPCX1 ink ribbons to sever, even when the paper roll is far from exhausted? Sorry, I couldn’t find a more appropriate place to ask this question….hope you can help. We have had 2 ribbons sever lately, but cannot explain why……wanting to make sure we are not doing anything wrong. We are at approximately 1000 prints on a brand new (purchased January 2011) Sony UPCX1.


  4. Cliff

    June 20, 2011 - 4:07 pm

    I have a upcx1 in my photo booth and yesterday it printed all red and green, kinda psychedelic, but not wanted. Any ideas?
    Cliff Housego So Cal Photo Lounge

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