Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by ahelg, Dec 26, 2006.
Does anyone know of any good guides to framing photographs?
Well I'm wondering what you mean....framing in terms of composition or in terms of putting prints into a "frame frame"?
Anyway, it helps to "frame" the photo with objects bearing colors from within the subject of the image. This usually has a nice effect but you don't always have to stick to it. The same should hold for choosing a frame...Closeup portraits or black and whites tend to look great in silver frames. A frame can add to or take away from the impact of a good photo.
Play with different options and see what you come up with.
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I used to choose mattes and frames based on the image and it's colors, which can be quite effective, but I've found that I prefer just to get a white matte and black frame for everything now and be consistent, especially since I tend to hang more than one image together and which ones may change.
I agree wholeheartedly with markc. Cutting a custom matte is easy and cheap. Simple black frames can be had at low cost by shopping around. In some instances, such as toned b&w prints, a board that's off-white can work well. In others, a double matte with a color reveal can do the trick.
For me mattes and frames are based on the image, gray matte are my choose for a neutral color, I simple don’t like white mattes
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for black and white i almost always go with black frame and a white matte. I prefer the double matte where one is recessed behind another.
I personally also prefer lots of matte space (8x10 in 16x20 frame and the like)
I used to double matte, but now I just print the image with a black border and it looks almost the same. It saves a bit of money over time.
well..if you use film, printing with a black border is a tad bit more trickey
You can file out the neg holder. I like the look of the natural neg border. Some labs offer that also, though it's not common.
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