Technical stuff - hints and tips
Here are some hints and tips we've picked up along the way, all designed to improve your photography.
Mounting your prints
• It protects them against damage when handling
• They can be displayed to best effect
• They can be stored and transported with minimal damage
The three most popular methods are:
• Use spray glue to mount them directly onto colourmount board. This is the simplest and cheapest method, but you have to get it right first time, it can be messy, and it doesn’t look as effective
• Use a mount cutter to create a window mount in colourmount board. This method is the one used by most people entering club competitions. It’s easy once you know how, but get plenty of practice on waste card first! It requires at least a mount cutter and, preferably a mount cutter kit. This comprises a cutter, together with a special straight edge.
• Use a pre-cut mount. These are sometimes available through the club or from local suppliers. Speak to a member of the committee
You can buy mount cutters from about £25, and kits from about £45; cheaper on Ebay. When using this method, always tape a thin piece of card (using double sided tape) to the back of the finished mount, to protect the print.
When mounting, there are two things to avoid:
• Don’t make the image too big in the mount. For a 500mm by 400mm mount I use a maximum image dimension of 350mm
• Don’t use bright colours. Keep to a variety of white (for example antique white, arctic white, but not white itself – it’s too bright). I use a textured antique white that comes in A0 (makes four 500mm by 400mm mounts) from Brampton Picture Framing in Chesterfield. Many people use black for mono prints, but this isn’t always appropriate. Use your judgement to decide what looks best – each print is different
If you really want to use a coloured mount, use pastel shades that echo the dominant colour in the image. And finally, as with all things photographic, there’s always a club member on hand to give you advice or a demonstration. Just ask.