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Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs
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Lighting your work


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Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs

with Konrad Eek

Video: Lighting your work

So now that you have learned all the different techniques for hanging your work on the wall, and it's the final and one of the more important considerations is thinking about lighting the work. What we have done here, we are back in my living room, and as I started to build and art collection, I felt the lighting here was really inadequate to the task. And I found at one of the local home improvement stores a set of low-voltage gallery lights that operates off a transformer that runs power to these two wires and then has a series of clip-on fixtures that clip to those two wires that carry the juice, the bulb makes the connection, and it comes a set of five positionable lights that mount on this system.
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  1. 5m 59s
    1. Welcome
      1m 46s
    2. Using this course
      1m 19s
    3. Understanding why we frame
      2m 54s
  2. 25m 31s
    1. Visiting a professional framing studio
      6m 22s
    2. Working with a framer's vocabulary
      4m 16s
    3. Conversing with a framer
      14m 53s
  3. 50m 36s
    1. Selecting a mat
      5m 13s
    2. Deciding on the window size
      9m 27s
    3. Understanding standard vs. custom mats
      1m 46s
    4. Using a handheld mat cutter
      4m 11s
    5. Using a production mat cutter
      8m 37s
    6. Assembling the mat
      2m 5s
    7. Mounting art in a mat
      3m 25s
    8. Mounting the art with photo corners
      4m 51s
    9. Mounting the art with repositionable mounting adhesive (RPMA)
      6m 52s
    10. Exploring troubleshooting techniques
      4m 9s
  4. 32m 11s
    1. Selecting a frame
      5m 15s
    2. Understanding the kinds of glazing
      4m 14s
    3. Cutting glass
      7m 15s
    4. Scoring acrylic
      3m 52s
    5. Sawing acrylic
      4m 42s
    6. Keeping the glass clean
      6m 53s
  5. 46m 10s
    1. Assembling an easel back frame
      6m 21s
    2. Assembling a metal frame
      8m 33s
    3. Using a V-nailer to assemble a chopped frame
      7m 49s
    4. Putting the frame, glazing, mat, and art together
      12m 4s
    5. Using a band clamp for assembly
      6m 10s
    6. Reviewing alternative hanging devices
      5m 13s
  6. 13m 21s
    1. Prepping the show
      2m 26s
    2. Using a wall as a canvas
      6m 46s
    3. Hanging the show
      4m 9s
  7. 36m 2s
    1. Introduction to hanging tools
      8m 2s
    2. Using lasers for precision
      3m 18s
    3. Hanging on plaster and lath
      6m 42s
    4. Hanging on either drywall or panelling
      6m 56s
    5. Hanging on brick, stone, or steel
      7m 35s
    6. Lighting your work
      3m 29s
  8. 54s
    1. Goodbye
      54s

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Matting, Framing, and Hanging Your Photographs
3h 30m Beginner Sep 20, 2012

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Matting and framing is relatively simple, and doing it yourself costs less and is more rewarding than using a framing service. In this course, photographer and professional framer Konrad Eek describes the tools, techniques, and creative decisions involved in matting, framing, and hanging photographs.

The course begins with an overview of framing concepts, terms, and tools and then shows how to choose and work with the various components of a framed print: matboard, frame, glazing, wire hangers, and more. The course also examines the issues and creative options behind hanging an exhibit, whether in a gallery or in a home.

Topics include:
  • Conversing with a framer
  • Selecting a mat and a frame
  • Deciding on window size
  • Using a handheld or production mat cutter
  • Mounting art
  • Cutting glass
  • Assembling frames
  • Hanging photographs in groups
  • Hanging photographs on different surfaces
Subjects:
Photography Printing Photos
Author:
Konrad Eek

Lighting your work

So now that you have learned all the different techniques for hanging your work on the wall, and it's the final and one of the more important considerations is thinking about lighting the work. What we have done here, we are back in my living room, and as I started to build and art collection, I felt the lighting here was really inadequate to the task. And I found at one of the local home improvement stores a set of low-voltage gallery lights that operates off a transformer that runs power to these two wires and then has a series of clip-on fixtures that clip to those two wires that carry the juice, the bulb makes the connection, and it comes a set of five positionable lights that mount on this system.

When I decided to install it, I looked at what I had to work with and essentially we're looking a remodeling install. So I first analyzed on my wall here. This was the existing switch for the sconces that were in the room. I knew I could pull power from it. So I got my stud finder and checked to make sure where studs were in this wall and realize that I could tie power in from here to here and then I add a gap in the studs from here to here. So I knew I could draw wire up to this point here in order to power the transform.

So it was really a fairly simple procedure. I drilled the hole big enough to accommodate the wire. I cut a rectangular square here, big enough to accommodate remodeling circuit box. I pulled wire from this to this switch, and I mounted it on a dimming light switch. This allows me to adjust the intensity of these lights, depending on how bright the ambient light is. The other advantage of these positionable lights is you can carefully control the incident angle of light source that hits to work. It's very important.

If you think about it the light will bounce off or reflect off the surface at the exact opposite angle that it strikes at. So a typical viewer is going to be looking in form eye level this way, the incident angle of reflection is going to be down below their eye level. So they won't be distracted by a reflection off the work. You can see how the light shining on these really helps pop them off the walls, and the multiple directional ability is great because you can see I have got these two washing on this wall. Back here I have got one of them washing on these two pieces here.

And this one I have actually got washing on a different wall of the room. So it's a very flexible set and quite affordable. There are many other types of gallery lighting that are available for home use now as well. There are several variations on this theme. You can get wired light that actually attach to the top of the frame. You can get battery lights or wired lights. I'm not big on the battery lights just because of battery consumption, recycling issues. There are some new stuff having with LED lights as well.

One thing to keep in mind though, and one of the things I like about these tungsten lights, these are small court halogen lights. They have extremely long bulb life and they have a very pleasing warm tone to the light too. The different types of fixtures will all have kind of different color qualities. And LED to me, they're starting to get some variation in it, but for most part they're kind of blue and cold, where in a residential setting I really prefer a little bit of warmth in the lighting. So look at your choices for lighting and think of it as the last step in the enhancement of your photographs.

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