Presenting Photography

Yesterday we had the first of our 'Presenting Photography' seminars, a format that I am sure we will repeat given the overwhelmingly positive response we had from our attendees.  This seminar was quite narrow in its scope, mounting photographs for competition or framing, it did not extend to any framing techniques though we did show some examples of finished, framed photos.  Instead it focussed on the making of good quality mounts to enhance the pictures that were being displayed.

Richard cutting a simple mountMounting is incredibly versatile, in its simplest form it is just a sheet of card with a hole in the middle but there are so many variations to this, adding extra mounts with larger apertures to make double or triple mounts, adding drawn, embossed or cut lines, fitting spacers between the layers to create shadow lines or constructing deep bevelled mounts from foam core.  These techniques may not all be appropriate for print competitions but certainly, when mounting work to sell they can add an air of quality to what might otherwise be a rather bland presentation.

Different types of mountsOne of the things we covered is the rules for photographic competitions, specifically the guidelines that the Royal Photographic Society publish for photographers wishing to gain distinctions from them.  The RPS is vague about the actual look of the mount, their rules are that the mounted works should be able to support themselves and that they should be no more than 23" high.  However, there are lines to read between and as a result the vast majority of applicants adhere to the camera club standard of 16"x20" (40x50cm), in white or cream. 

Building a deep bevelWe teach a particular way of mounting, in accordance with the guidelines of the Fine Art Trade Guild.  They recommend that the mount should have a backing board and that the picture should be attached to the backing rather than the back of the mount, using PH Neutral tapes.  The proper method is covered in one of our handy hints.  If you follow these and are able to cut nice crisp mounts then you will be both presenting your work in the best possible way and ensuring that the prints are well protected.

Deep bevel componentsOur visitors yesterday had many reasons for their interest but were all fascinated to see how easy these techniques were to achieve when you knew how.  Richard Buttle, our head trainer went through several different types of mount, explaining not just how to do them, but also what made them particularly appropriate in different circumstances.

If you would like to attend a future Presenting Photography seminar then let us know and we will mail you when we have future dates, or, if you really want to learn how to produce mounts of a high quality join us on one of our mount cutting and decoration courses.

Richard showing some framed examples of different mounts