Thoughts on choosing a photo printer (updated)

This post is an outgrowth of an email that I’ve been sending out to people who are interested in photo printing, but have a lot of questions about how to get started. (A variant of this was first published on our sister site, Complete Digital Photography). It’s not intended to be the final word on the matter, but more of a conduit to get people thinking about the idea of printing their work, and the things to consider about that process.