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Photography Presentation Tips - Ben Boswell shares his presentation tips with ePz.
Much of what we do as photographers in 2011 will never make it out of the computer. It has become a feature of modern photography that the default viewing mechanism is a computer screen. Printing your pictures gives them a different character and a life beyond the moment. However, to give them an even longer life you should consider your presentation.
This Deep Rebate mount needs to be constructed from foamcore board and covered in tape.
Mounting and framing are skills that any practical person can acquire. I started because my wife is an artist and taught myself to make good but simple frames and to cut bevelled mounts. Once learned, these skills can be used to create a wide range of different ‘looks’ for your photography, enhancing their appearance and presenting them to their best advantage.
These examples were done by Richard Buttle (who is a framer) and show how much difference can be achieved by altering the components. All are the same size and all use the same neutral mount board. Detailed instructions are available online at DIY Framing.
This double mount has become the baseline for quality framing and is easy to achieve.
A simple bevel mount can be cut with a hand tool that costs just a few pounds, though buying a mountcutter like the Logan 301S which has a rule built into it to guide the cutter, will make the process very much easier and quicker. It is then quite simple to add ‘quality’ by making a double or triple mount. This does require a bit of practice, but the accuracy is pretty much built into the tools so once you have learned how the tools work the mounting is a doddle! The examples all use a white mount but you can also introduce colour (if you are careful) to complement the picture.
A triple mount adds more depth and looks great.
You can also put spacers between the mounts to add a shadow line.
When you get to the point where you can produce a well made frame and cut elegant mounts, you should be able to show your work in a way that will highlight its quality; enhancing the photograph rather than demonstrating your practical carpentry skills. Never forget that the point is presenting your photography rather than presenting your framing prowess.
This one requires great care, V-groves are cut into the front of the mount with a special tool.
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