DIY Photography Framing

Butterfly Swimmer, Bondi Iceberbs

Butterfly Swimmer, Bondi Iceberbs

DIY PHOTOGRAPHY FRAMING

Never in history have we taken more photographs, yet they all languish deep in the computer archives, never to be seen!  I had taken this shot of swimmers Bondi Icebergs a few years back, and had always meant to enlarge and frame it.  While custom framing gives you a professional look with archival matt and frame, you also pay a premium price for it.  (Which is probably the reason why I was procrastinating about having it done.) I was looking for a professional looking result at a fraction on the cost.

So many times I have wandered through numerous stores with the dimensions of artwork; realising off the shelf frames don't match the artwork that I have.  This time I decided to work backwards: purchase the frame and matt first, and then print the image.  (Which you can do with your photography!)  Country Road has a beautiful Adler A1 Poster frame, which you can find here. I drew up the dimensions of the existing matt in CAD, then worked with the pro photo lab to enlargethe image to work with these dimensions.  The lab then printed the digital image on a lustre paper to bring out the shadows and detail in the water.  (These details would have been lost on a less expesive paper.)  Once printed, the image was sent to a framing shop to be mounted on 2mm card board.  Once I picked it up, all I had to do was pop it behind the glass and hang it.  (Images are often printed on 5mm foam core, but with no tolerance with the purchased frame, we went with the 2mm board.)

This option is by no means cheap, but I estimate it to be a third the cost of having it custom-framed.  If you have a collection of artwork and photographs to frame, a cost-effective method would be to do a combination of custom and DIY framing. 

So after all that procrastination, it wasn't that difficult to figure out!  What's the next project!?

Dimensions drafted up in CAD

Dimensions drafted up in CAD

Completed artwork in situ

Completed artwork in situ

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