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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.
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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