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by Gavin Stoker Published 01/04/2014

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ProAm Imaging

Bradford-based ProAm Imaging specialises in providing a high-quality, colour-managed printing service for professional digital photographers. The pro lab claims its USP is an extremely precise custom profile. 'We can do a really accurate print based on the files that photographers send through," reassures Managing Director John Greenwood. "That means you can come back and get a re-print later and it will still be the same. I truly believe we have the most accurate colours of anyone in the industry, which may have contributed to the fact that we've won the Societies' best lab award for four years consecutively. Even though we're cheap, we offer a very good quality service." Pro photographer customers of every discipline can download profiles direct from the website.

First-class printing of individual prints on thick Fujifilm Professional DPII paper is ProAm Imaging's key pitch to prospective customers, though there are other services that tie in with that. "We do that on all surfaces and all sizes, even though the manufacturer doesn't supply the likes of DPII in lustre, so we print it on bigger paper and guillotine it down to ensure we keep the same quality across the entire range of papers. They do A4 paper in glossy but they don't do it in lustre, so we have a bespoke way around it."


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Prices range from 8p for the smaller sized prints such as 5x4, 6x4, to 42p for a 10x8, and just a pound for a maximum size 18x12.

All prices are plus VAT, with prints made on either a glossy or lustre surface. In terms of turnaround time, ProAm Imaging promises that it turns 'an awful lot' around the same day a photographer's order arrives. "We have an FTP system that photographers can use to send their work to us so they don't have to send us the likes of a disk of images any more.

Any work we can't get back out that day we work into the night to turn around for the next day. That's what the professionals want: the quality, the price and the speed - and we're trying to fulfil all those criteria."

One thing that ProAm Imaging has not offered until now is 'story-book' style digital albums - though naturally it has supplied prints for albums. But all that is now changing and photographers will shortly be able to create their own album layouts via software hosted on its website.


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