Photographers Use Photo Frames to Enhance Pictures’ Beauty

18th Sep 2015

In the 1970s, archival-quality framing became popular. This is the best way to display and preserve high-quality photographs. Many high-end photographers, including wedding artists, are now using this method, which only uses acid-free materials.

Archival matting focuses on using a neutral border that highlights the simplicity of the photograph, while allowing the round picture frame to pull colors from the photograph. This allows photographers to choose more ornate frames or contemporary, simple black oval picture frames. Photographers can easily tailor their choice of frames to match the photo or home’s decor. In the future, they are easy to switch out to reflect new home design styles.

It is important to never use tape on a backing board or mat. Generally, archival tapes are too inflexible and strong and over time require strong solvent to help remove them. This can cause damage to the photograph.

To help hold photographs securely in place, mounting corners and strips are ideal for photographs with wide margins. Photographer and artists alike recommend acid-free see-through mounting strips. Photographers can easily position the photo on the mat, peel the acid-free strips and place the edges of the photo into place. It is important to use corners that are large enough to support the photograph, but small enough to not show through the mat when framed.

Windowless mats require special plastic tubing, which helps create a space between the mounted photograph. This gives photos a floating appearance.

Experts recommend a minimum two-inch width for mats. The lower side helps give the bottom of the picture more weight. Always measure the inside of the rabbet, which is the small inset recessed groove.

Experts recommend measuring everything twice. This includes measuring the depth of the rabbet, the window mat, the filler or backboard and leaving extra space for clips to help secure the photograph.

There are several common types of damage that artwork can sustain. Photographers can help prevent the following:

  • Light Damage – This is causes fading due to too much or irregular light exposure.
  • Breakage – This is generally caused by transportation or poor placement.
  • Acid Damage – Discoloration or embrittlement are two signs that acid damage is occurring.
  • Fingerprints – It is very important to only handle mats and photographs with clean hands, otherwise, oils will eventually appear.
  • Mildew – A slight green tinge will show up if the photograph is poorly framed.

When selecting the right round frames, photographers need to consider the overall dimensions of the photograph.