Professional-quality, medium-speed, daylight-type color reversal film with ultrafine grain, designed to provide medium color saturation and contrast. Suited to a wide range of applications, such as product, landscape, nature and fashion photography as well as portraiture. Suitable for all types of subject matter, along with minimal variation in performance even in long exposures and the ability to be push-processed up to +2 stops with excellent results.
Available formats: 35mm, 120 and 5×4
Did you know we offer Gift Vouchers here at Metro Imaging?
Perfect for a few rolls of film, producing a printed portfolio or finally getting that special image printed and framed.
Pick up one for the photographer in your life (even if that is you) by getting in touch with our friendly team or popping into our Clerkenwell lab.
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As the 1970s drew to a close I was all set to make it big in the cutthroat world of toffee apple production when I got the sack. So with my best mate from school I set up Metro. Back then it was just the two of us, Mike doing the Black & White printing and me as the courier (I still love racing my motorcycle). Nowadays my role is to drive the company forward; I’m always looking to take Metro in new directions, making sure we are always experimenting and evolving.
The strength of the Metro brand and what it stands for is very important to me; we are known for quality, service and innovation. However, we couldn’t have achieved this without giving everyone at Metro the opportunity to develop themselves and each other both professionally and creatively. Metro may be my baby, but everyone who works here is its uncle or auntie; it is this commitment and passion for the business that has helped us not only set the industry standard, but also maintain our reputation as an industry leader for over 25 years.
Professionally built bespoke lightboxes have long been a favourite of artists looking to appropriate the dramatic effect of an illuminated image but until recently lightboxes were restricted in size; light spread and weight by cumbersome florescent tubing that required deep profiles for cooling.
Now with the developments in energy efficient LED technology, light is available in sheets rather than tubes, creating new possibilities for lightbox size, weight, design and most importantly, colour-accuracy.
Joining forces with LED technologists, we have developed colour-accurate lightboxes that can be colour-balanced exactly to our Kodak Duratrans film material.
Metro Imaging are the only photographic printers in the UK offering colour accurate Kodak Duratrans prints up to 72” wide and our lightbox service enables our customers to create lightboxes up to this mural size.
At the top of the range are bespoke aluminium lightboxes, boasting the sophistication and understatement of hand-sprayed, powder-coated aluminium frames in virtually any size with a standard ultra slim 20mm profile.
The prices below are a guide to our Lightbox pricing. Final pricing by quotation
Image | Lightboxes produced for Mark Edwards for the ‘Monument’ WW1 Commemoration Project
0207 014 5026
I worked at Ceta in Soho for 22 years before moving to Metro in 2006. I thought a new company: a new challenge! When I’m not here I like keeping fit, especially running.
0207 014 5202
As a Director for Metro Imaging in London, I have been at the forefront of photographic imaging for over twenty five years, collaborating with a vast network of clients, and developing new and innovative photographic printing practices. More than slightly obsessed with process, I was awarded with a fellowship of the RSA for my commitment to the industry.
Described as a Photography polymath, I keep myself busy by curating; commissioning and lecturing in Photography both in the UK and abroad. I am Visiting Professor at UOS and have contributed to UAL Course validation for several years. I am a life member of Frontline Club and in 2013 I was invited to become a Trustee of The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust in support of British craft; I am also on the Board of the National Open Arts competition.
I am a practicing artist and my works are held in both private and public collections. As a pictorial landscape artist, I use large format and much of my work is formed around non-metric representation of the landscape and my subject centre on raising awareness of mental health and our relationship with our environment.
KODAK T-MAX 400 Professional Film is a continuous-tone panchromatic black-and-white negative film for general outdoor and indoor photography. 400 iso is especially useful for detailed subjects when you need maximum shutter speed.
Available formats:35mm, 120, 5×4
KODAK T-MAX 100 Professional Film is a continuous-tone panchromatic black-and-white negative film for general outdoor and indoor photography. It is especially useful for detailed subjects when you need maximum image quality.
Available formats: 35mm, 120, 5×4
The Kodak Portra 400 Colour Film / 120 is a colour negative film great for portraits, fashion and commercial shoots. The film delivers superb performance both on-location and in a studio setting. Advanced emulsion technology provides sharp imaging, beautiful neutral skin tones and a finer grain than ever, making for excellent scanned colour reproductions.
Available formats: 35mm, 120 and 5×4
The Kodak Portra 160 Colour Film / 120 is a colour negative film great for portraits, fashion and commercial shoots. The film delivers superb performance both on-location and in a studio setting. Advanced emulsion technology provides sharp imaging, beautiful neutral skin tones and a finer grain than ever, making for excellent scanned colour reproductions.
Available formats: 135mm, 120 and 5×4
We caught up with editorial Photographer Jenny Lewis and discussed her project for Doctors of The World as well as her entry for this years Taylor Wessing and Portrait Salon 2016. Her shortlisted portrait is currently on show at Metro’s front of House Gallery in Clerkenwell…
The first step in colour management is to avoid dramatic lighting: keep it ambient in the room where you work. Don’t put your monitor in front of the window or other strong light sources and keep bright objects out of the field of view to avoid reflections on your screen.
Choose a nice neutral background patterns for your computer desktop. Ideally use a monitor hood to improve shading of the screen. The best, most accurate way of knowing if your screen is showing accurate colours is to invest in a spectrophotometer device such as an i1Display2 or similar. This inexpensive little gadget comes with full instructions and will perform tests on your screen to determine the output.
To check your screen calibration you can compare a test print side-by-side with its on-screen image using a product such as the Gretag Macbeth / XRITE Colour Checker Chart for a final check of saturation, density and hue.
Read more about the Colour Checker here
Remember you can also soft-proof your prints by downloading the appropriate profile before using our self-service system. This is a good way of checking your colour is correct before going to print.
Our current screen profiling settings are: Gamma 2.2. Colour temperature D64-D65 and Brigtness 80 – 100 Cd/m2
1. From the Self-service page to begin the print upload and ordering process click the “Upload files” button.
2. You will then be presented with the following screen on which all you need to do is click the “Select Your Images” button. You may also select your files directly from a Dropbox folder.
3. Once you have selected your files and clicked ok you will have the option to add more images or to upload and continue.
4. Whilst the system uploads your images you will be presented with a progress indicator – this may take some time to complete if you are uploading numerous files or large images. It is also dependent on your internet connection speed; so please be patient!
5. Upon the completion of your file upload you will be presented with the main self-service ordering screen.
Here you are able to set your service, print size, paper media and border options.
6. Your uploaded file will appear in the main window in the centre.
7. If you uploaded multiple files they will be displayed as small thumbnails below the main window.
To select an alternate file, click on the appropriate thumbnail.
8. This page is where you can set the paper type, the size of the print, border size/colour, and confirm files have been set up correctly (if using Adobe Photoshop).
Use our step-by-step guide for perfect prints
Our Self-Service is a professional quality service that brings together our expertise in colour-management with your expertise in preparing your file.
Although it is possible to upload any file, from phone camera, digital camera or scan, we would strongly advise that you follow the following steps to prepare your file from within a program such as Photoshop to ensure the best results every time:
- Cropping your image for print
- Sizing your image file in Photoshop
- Adding borders in Photoshop
- Saving your file for print
If you don’t have Adobe Photoshop; or you would prefer to try the in-built tools on the website to do so? This is totally possible. But just incase you get stuck, we have prepared a few tutorials to help you out.
- Uploading your file
- Choosing your print media and size
- Adding borders
- Checking order settings, registering and choosing delivery options
If you get stuck at any point, then just contact us Monday – Friday, 8.30am – 6.30pm
Similar to tray frames but a more slimline offering. Works are often reverse Perspex float mounted with only a minimal gap between the work and the moulding.
The tray frame is perfect for photographic prints that have been dry mounted and don’t necessarily require glazing. The print is set back slightly below the face of the frame to prevent damage. Tray frames are a good way to display large prints without the cost of specialist glazing. Your print is mounted to Dibond or aluminium for rigidity and then floated in the frame with a space between the work and the frame moulding.
This is a stylish take on the box frame, with your print mounted inside the box, rather than fitted edge to edge. Your print is mounted to 2mm Aluminium to create a sleek borderless surround for your print. There is a gap between the work and the moulding creating a ‘floating’ effect.
Box frames create a space between the print and the glazing, so there is no contact with the glass. Using Waterwhite float glass, your print is mounted first to Foamboard or a similar substrate before being set into a box moulding with a fillet spacer. The fillet keeps the glass and print separate, so the whole effect is that of a deep box. Box frames are a contemporay design with traditional leanings and can be made with a deep or shallow profile.
Sizes up to 120 inches x 72 inches / Supplied with an Aluminium sub-frame
Perspex mounting is a contemporary way to present photographic prints for interiors and exhibitions. The print is bonded to Acrylic using a silicon gel and then backed with 2mm Dibond. Once the Perspex has been bonded to the front of your print the refraction of light through the Perspex gives a high definition effect and deep saturated colour.
Sizes up to 40 x 30 inches with wooden battens /60 x 40 inches with aluminium sub frame
Aluminium mounting is widely popular due to the archival quality of the material. Although considerably heavier and slightly less rigid than Dibond, Aluminium has the advantage of a clean silver edge which many find attractive.
Turn around time: Ten working days from print time.
Sizes up to 40 inches x 30 inches with wooden battens /60 inches x 40 inches with aluminium sub frame
Dibond® is an composite display material comprising two sheets of archival quality thin aluminium with a thermoplastic core. It is valued for its lightweight rigidity and clean white coating. At an additional cost panels can be supplied with wooden batons up to 40×30 inches or Aluminium sub-frames.
Foamex is a solid PVC mounting material used for simple, non archival purposes such as exhibition prints requiring a durable substrate for touring shows or public exhibitions. It is available in a range of thicknesses. At Metro we use 3mm and 5mm Foamex only.
Sizes up to 84 inches x 48 inches in 5mm or 10mm
Foamboard is a lightweight mounting material used for large hanging signs and displays or as a smooth and rigid substrate for framing photographs. Prints mounted to foamboard may be attached to the wall using velcro or small nails. Surprisingly sturdy and very light.
MDF mounting is an effective and economical way of displaying prints, available in 9 or 12mm thickness. Although heavy, MDF is very rigid and the painted edges create a finished effect for mounted prints that, especially when sealed, will stand up to the toughest environments.
Kapa Foamboard is a lightweight mounting material used for large hanging signs and displays or as a smooth and rigid substrate for framing photographs. We use Kapa foamboard, known for its aluminium foil surface, which adds a layer of protection for photographic paper. Kapa is available in 5 mm and 10 mm sheets.
0207 014 5023
I had an interest in photography from a young age. I left school and spent 10 years working up from a junior to being in charge of E6,C41 and B+W processing at Graham Nash Ltd in Stephen Mews, W1. I left there and travelled around the world for 2 years working at Vision Graphics in Sydney, Australia for a while before returning and working as Production Manager at the Wardour Street branch of Joes Basement in the west end. I joined Metro in 2002 after hearing what a progressive company it was through staff already working here.
In my spare time I shoot the occasional job but mainly enjoy relaxing with my family well away from the hustle and bustle of London.
Creative Retouch Manager
020 7014 5064
I’ve been wearing the team leader badge for the last three years having had a few different roles at Metro. As you’ve probably guessed from my profile shot, I’m actually pretty camera shy so it’s just as well I love clients photography! Outside of work my passions are music, travel, training & my three gorgeous nephews.
0207 014 5012
I spent two years studying Business Administration and then completed A Level Law before joining Metro in 2002. I decided on our Despatch Department for its good reputation for professionalism and respect within the courier industry. Once I knew there was a vacancy within Metro’s Despatch team I felt it would be the ideal position for me. My young son keeps me busy when I’m not at work, and I also enjoy traveling, the cinema and various contact sports.