New hardware, such as printers requiring ink cartridges, is altering the ways in which customers make use of images, according to one expert.

Trends relating to printing photographs were on the agenda of a recent panel discussion at the 6Sight Future of Imaging Summit in San Jose, California and participant Steve Hoffenberg announced before the debate began that he was looking forward to discussing how individuals' habits are changing with regards to pictures and photographs.

"The way consumers capture and share images is being greatly influenced by social media, mobile technology, retail outlets and new hardware offerings," remarked the director of consumer imaging at Lyra Research.

Many home printers are now powerful enough to produce detailed printouts of images and Matt Whip, editor of, recently noted those in the market for a new machine should take dots per inch into consideration when selecting a model, as this can be crucial to image quality.