by Mike McNamee Published 01/08/2012
One Vision Imaging
If standard framing services are not required, one of One Vision's most successful and popular products among professional photographers is its Box Frame. For when your customers want that 'off the wall' look, it provides an alternative to the regular canvas wrap. Simple yet cost effective, the Box Frame also looks the part in almost any environment.
There are five natural wood frame mouldings to choose from: Dark Brown, Black Wash, White Wash, Bare Ash Wood and Pine.
A further 'twist' on the product is offered in the shape of One Vision's 'MultiBox Frames', which as they sound are smaller versions of the product bolted together. The company believes this particular product lends itself beautifully to children and family portraiture, while due to the choice of upright and landscape formats it can fit in some of the more awkward locations around clients' houses. Configurations, layouts and sizes can be found on the website.
As if that wasn't enough One Vision Imaging's comprehensive Acrylic 'Ice' Range offers something, with the Opus Acrylic being the top of the range product. The Opus is fashioned from a high gloss acrylic back plate in either black or white with a floating clear piece of flame-polished acrylic at the front. This part houses clear, reverse mounted acrylic blocks that sit neatly in the cut apertures and rest on the back plate. Four large chrome studs connect the two pieces of acrylic, leaving the space between reflecting dynamic prisms of light. Layout options are again online.
Finally, worth flagging up from One Vision are its quirky Art Blocks.
Described as 'something different', these offer the opportunity to unleash that creative side and have been developed by combining two existing products - the Canvas Wrap Round (forming the base with your background image on) and their Coloured Edged Blocks, which display your main focal image(s). The blocks are adhered to the base with a tiny gap between to create the 'floating effect'. There are eight templates to choose from.
For all the above head to www.onevisionimaging.com
Sister company to Pro Photo Prints mentioned earlier, Bradford-based photofinisher ProAm Imaging also prides itself in delivering what it claims is the highest quality work at the lowest possible price.
This outfit has been voted the 'Best Professional Lab' by Socieities members for three years running, beating off larger competitors, and this year it also received the award for 'Best Professional Service'.
Working day and night to deliver not only a professional but also speedy services, ProAm also makes the point that it can provide social photographers with peace of mind thanks to a highly experienced team, with many of its senior people having spent their entire working lives in the industry. Most orders are printed, packed and ready for dispatch within 24 hours of arrival. If requested, ProAm do their best to get urgent orders out the same day Technical questions can be posed via the forum at www.proamimaging.
com where interested parties will also find comments about ProAm's print quality and service. A new 'Client Area' allows users to register for an FTP account, order online, upload files and make secure payments.
ProAm is proud of its unique 'Custom Profile' ensures extremely accurate and consistent colour management. This alone it claims differentiates ProAm from many of their competitors who either use a generic profile or just sRGB/RGB.
Every completed order is sent out flat packed and it uses a combination of thick card envelopes and plastic stiffeners to ensure prints arrive in perfect condition.
Most UK work is sent out via FedEx for delivery the next working day following dispatch, with a before noon upgrade option. ProAm use Royal Mail for places outside the normal FedEx delivery areas such as Northern Ireland, Scottish Highlands and Islands, Channel Isles & Isle of Man. Clients can choose between normal 1st class post or Special Delivery. Other arrangements apply when work is sent abroad.
For more head to www.proamimaging.com
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