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It is generally accepted that most works of art including photographs are greatly enhanced by a frame but I would say that the majority of pictures posted on epz don't have frames. Granted, if a picture is that good it should do well without a frame but I feel that people putting pictures on this site are missing out on showcasing their work to their best advantage. What do others think?
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Like everything else it's a matter of personal taste. Some like, some don't like.
Generally I would agree, but, when image size is restricted, I like to get as much image as possible on the site without losing some space to the frame.
As others have said in general a frame can make or break some images, More so with the printed hanging on the wall variety.
The taste angle is where it sometimes goes completely wrong though, If you have noticed the gallery images that do not have a frame, You must also have seen some frames that are, Lets be honest ghastly, That said its a personal thing really, I tend to highlight my images with a very fine border as it lifts them from the black background I prefer to use.
6 to 10 pixels absolute max in my case, Or as Alan says you can smother the image.
Would you let us see an example of what you mean?
Maybe a before & after.
Most of the judges who come to our club say if you want to put a border on no more then 3 pixels otherwise it draws attention away from the photograph. Also if it is a dark picture going on a dark mount you can use one to show the edge of the photograph.
Oh heck .. I'm a bit of a tinker really with respect to a border. I find I do actually get a bit carried away with them. Maybe because I actually think among The incredible images on show here at EPZ, I kind of think I personally need to really work hard on any bit of my image to hopefully get a 'non scratch my back vote.'
My earlier borders were far to clumsy, this I know. In recent months I have varied them; working hard to make it blend without actually detracting from the image.
As a chap who has never been anything other than a hobbiest in photography, I was always used to a white border when I got my images back from Boots or whoever; so for me borders are normal .. I think.
The KISS principal should be applied to borders. A successful choice is the border that doesn't get noticed by the viewer, I feel.
Personally, a black bg and a simple 2 pixel white border for all images works for me.
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