Take your photography to the next level and beyond...

  • NEWS

Why not join for free today?

Join for Free

Your total photography experience starts here

Exclusive 25% off Affinity Photo: Professional photo editing with no subscription!


djh698 14 5.4k 6 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2013 4:06PM
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?

Join ePHOTOzine for free and remove these adverts.

saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
7 Nov 2013 4:15PM
Like everything else it's a matter of personal taste. Some like, some don't like.
alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2013 4:28PM
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.
cameracat 14 8.6k 61 Norfolk Island
7 Nov 2013 5:06PM
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.
Migster 5 106 England
7 Nov 2013 7:59PM
Would you let us see an example of what you mean?
Maybe a before & after.
Belleyeteres 7 237 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2013 8:05PM
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.
Mozzytheboy 7 710 4 United Kingdom
7 Nov 2013 8:48PM
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.

saltireblue Plus
8 8.1k 33 Norway
8 Nov 2013 6:02AM
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.


Sign In

You must be a member to leave a comment.

ePHOTOzine, the web's friendliest photography community.

Join For Free

Upload photos, chat with photographers, win prizes and much more.