As you may recall from our monthly giveaway last month, the lucky winner got a print from the folks over at Image Wizards. These aren’t just prints with metallic ink on specialty papers – these are prints on aluminum! It’s a pretty amazing process, and the results are equally amazing! I have been promising the write-up and review for a while now, but with the holidays and a bout with the flu, I was out of commission for a while there. (As an aside, try to avoid getting sick during the holidays – not fun at all!)
Never fear though, I’ve rebounded, and as promised, here’s the skinny on the prints from Image Wizards. First off, they aren’t kidding when they ship these prints. I opted for the lower cost corrugated cardboard, but it was still packed in like a tank. After taking it out and selecting an appropriate place for display, I hung it for a while to make sure it worked in my selected location. Not only does it work – it works beautifully!
As you can see, the ambient light catches it perfectly, and really draws the eye in. For this particular print I chose the aluminum brushed satin finish, which is kind of like a matted version so it wouldn’t be too glossy as the print is of the stamens in a flower. Something like a skyline might call for a more glossy sheen, but that’s really a matter of personal taste.
The aluminum composition really makes it stand out unlike any other print you’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen a few, from other sponsors like Nations Photo Lab, and contributor Backlitbox). As we photographers are always seeking to find a niche market, the folks at Image Wizards have found a perfect market themselves for a very unique product. Not only is it a high quality print, but it’s built to last for all ages. The mounting (I chose the frame to edge, or boxed mount, option) and hanging mechanisms are equally impressive too. A double row of framing and a sturdy wire hanger mounted securely by screws make sure that once you hang it, there’s nothing to worry about as you know it’s not going anywhere.
The caveat to all this is that for a unique, high end print made on aluminum, the cost of entry is not cheap. The 16×20″ print you see above runs about $200! You can get estimates done for any custom size you like on their upload page (and yes, the upload process is pretty slick too – upload directly via your web browser)! You do get what you pay for though, so if you really want to impress your own clients with some eye-popping prints, Image Wizards definitely has a unique look for you! Check them out when you get a chance!
And for those of you wondering why you didn’t know about the contest last month – another one is underway now…only a little time left before the window closes on the December giveaway, so if you want to try for a chance to win a bunch of photography books, gear and such, stop by the Flickr thread and share your image there soon!