Photo-Finishing Products for Photographers

October 11, 2018

By Theano Nikitas

Editor’s Choice! Saw & Mitre Frame Company Portfolio Box

Attention to detail and quality earned the Saw & Mitre Company’s handcrafted portfolio boxes our Editor’s Choice award. Made by hand in photographer David Rathbone’s Virginia Beach workshop, these gorgeous boxes are crafted from carefully selected, American-grown walnut. At 16 x 13 inches, the box, which comes with a removable lid, can store up to 12 matted prints at 11 x 14 inches, or hundreds of loose prints in various sizes. Two maple splines in each corner complement the dark walnut wood.

Price: $185 + shipping

Photo © Jerry Ghionis

Acrylic Press Wall Art Clusters

“Don’t just photograph for individual prints, photograph for collections,” says Jerry Ghionis, whose work is featured in this Wall Art Cluster from Acrylic Press. Six different arrangements are available, with the largest—the Harmony Collection, shown here—measuring 62 x 39 inches overall. Acrylic Press offers glossy-smooth or non-glare surfaces along with 1/8- and ¼-inch premium acrylic with hand-polished, crystal-clear edges. Hanging is easy with the French Cleat Hanger or Standoffs. Optional add-ons include aluminum backing and a bevel.

Price: $288

Magnetic Float Mount Hardwood Mount System

This ingenious mounting system uses magnets to keep prints on your wall. It includes a pair of 10-inch hardwood mounts that you anchor into your drywall. To hang a print, you attach a pair of metal print rails to the back of your print using the included ACX Plus tape. The metal rails attach securely to the magnets on the hardwood mounts and float the print about 1-inch away from your wall.

Price: $36+

H + H Color Lab Mini Leather Wrap Albums

These petite leather wrap albums measure 4 x 5 inches and are available in four distinct styles, each featuring different colored leather covers and a unique strap, tab or button closure. Paper selections include watercolor, art matte and recycled papers. What makes these little albums even more special is that each signature is hand-stitched into the soft leather cover. Order them with as few as eight sides or as many as 24.

Price: $49+

Photo © Alexis Cuarezma

Bay Photo Performance EXT Metal Prints

Specially engineered for extended life in the elements, these prints are designed to last at least two to three years in direct sunlight without noticeable fading. Rated for outdoor use, the high-gloss Performance EXT Metal Prints are also resistant to scratches, moisture, chemicals and graffiti. Perfect for outdoor art, signage or display, they’re easy to clean too. Available in sizes up to 4 x 8 feet, Bay Photo also offers contemporary mounting and framing options for these UV-resistant prints.

Price: $34+

Photos © Jim LaSala

Moab Flint Portfolio

Whether you’re printing your own portfolio or a client’s album, Moab’s Flint Portfolio system may be ideal for your work. This black, hardcover portfolio can accommodate up to 25 prints, in either 8 ½ x 11- or 13 x 19-inch sizes. Because the prints fit the screw post binding via the 25 bundled adhesive hinge strips, you can use any paper you’d like and switch out pages quickly and easily. Extra hinge strips are available separately.

Price: $77+

Photo Courtesy of Whitewall

WhiteWall (Avenso GMBH) Metallic ultraHD Photo Prints

New from WhiteWall, these photo prints—with twice the resolution of conventionally developed pictures—are produced using innovative exposure techniques and technologies. The paper is climatized in a special room with constant humidity and stable temperature to help minimize laser beam dispersal for razor-sharp images. Custom formats are available from 3.5 x 3.5 to 98 x 48 inches. Prints can also be mounted under acrylic glass.

Price: $10+

Photo Courtesy of AdoramaPix

AdoramaPix Premium Metal Cover Photo Albums

Cut and crafted by hand, these metal photos can be used on a variety of album sizes, either as a full metal cover, a window insert or a panorama. Mounted onto Leather-Lux covers, the metal offsets the beautiful quality leather. Album sizes are available in portrait, square and landscape from 6 x 6 to 12 x 15 inches, along with 8 x 10-inch options.

Price: $179+

Photo © Joe Richardson Imageworks

Richmond Pro Lab Vinyl Grommet Banners

Thanks to its durable, all-weather vinyl material and nine-color solvent printing, these highly affordable, single-sided banners are tough enough to withstand outdoor use but are equally at home indoors. They’re sealed along the edges and ready to hang with built-in grommets. It comes in standard sizes as small as 12 x 24 inches and custom sizes. Choose from 13-ounce vinyl in glossy or matte finishes, or the heavier 18-ounce matte option.

Price:$1.50/square foot+

Middle Photo © McClanahan Studio

Miller’s Lab Suede and Velvet Covers

Miller’s has expanded its Signature Album cover choices to include soft suede and luxurious velvet, providing a rich look and feel to your clients’ albums. The smooth nubuck suede covers are available in neutral colors such as Cream, Mocha, Stone and Toffee. For more color choices, turn to the lush velvet in Carmine, Charcoal, Emerald, Lilac, Obsidian, Pacific, Pecan and Sapphire. If you prefer
a cover photo, check out the Matte Acrylic options.

Price: $70+

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