Photo Tips

As home building trends have evolved over the past few decades, home furnishings and design have kept pace. Custom frame designs should also be adapted to relate to those changes. Here are some of the popular building and design trends, followed by framing solutions that help framed art relate to its environment.

Most industries have their own unique language. The Art and Custom Framing industry is no exception. If you are unfamiliar with some of the more basic lingo, here are some definitions to help you.

If you are not familiar with frame design, here are some quick tips to help you achieve good results. It's important to realize these are all generalizations and there will be exceptions where you may want to take a different approach to your design.

For ease of handling and to help avoid production issues, you must be certain to limit your digital image file names to no more than 24 characters. There are several reasons for this; for one thing, prints made on our Noritsu 32 digital photo printer, include back printing of your order number, file names and other data, but each line of text is limited to 24 characters.

Whether you are shooting with a digital camera or are editing an image in the computer, an understanding of histograms is so useful as to be essentially mandatory. Histograms give you essential feedback on the overall exposure and the contrast range of an image. When shooting digitally, checking the histogram of what you just shot tells you if you nailed the exposure; if the exposure is poor, then you have a chance to reshoot after correcting the exposure.

Fluorescent lights are commonly used for overhead lighting to view prints and for light table illumination to view transparencies. Incandescent lights are too yellow and too hot. But not just any fluorescent bulb will do -- most fluorescent s have a sickly green cast to them, and can cause other ills in attempting to judge the color balance of an image. This Photo Tip will explain how to intelligently select a good fluorescent bulb.

"Zoom" lenses are simply lenses that have an adjustable focal length; "prime" lenses, in distinction, have a fixed focal length. Many people mistakenly equate "zoom" with "telephoto zoom," but that's not the case -- there are wide angle and normal zooms as well. Zooms are very popular these days and most of you are probably using them, but as anything in life they have pluses and minuses and I'd like to inform you of some of the issues involved in choosing one type over the other.

In today's digital world, many people believe that storing images on hard drives, cd's and through other electronic media solves your archival concerns. Unfortunately, this is not so!!! Cdr and dvdr media can degrade over time and are sensitive to such things as exposure to light, scratches and obsolescence. Hard drives, as we all know, can crash without warning. Some photographers use photo or data storage companies, and while these options may be among the best available, what happens if these operations go out of business and take your images with them?

Ah, the tripod. Nobody, but nobody likes to carry one. Yet nothing, but nothing, will improve your photography as much. The tripod is the single most important camera accessory most photographers can have. The most obvious advantage is that it gives your camera a stable mount from which you can use any shutter speed, no matter how slow.

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