In this age of digital, the art of photography has exploded. It’s not unusual for the casual photographer to snap hundreds of pictures in a year and professionals click at even higher rates. Although the majority of those files may never be displayed, there are few lucky enough to be chosen for display by their creators (and yes, that means you).
Once that decision to print has been made, how you decide to treat it will directly affect its lifespan and value. Improperly framed photographs are susceptible to environmental damage such as yellowing, fading, tearing, scratching, and even mold. This article will focus on the basic rules of professionally framing photographs.
#1 Screen Your Work from the Sun
Images fade in the light, but we need the light to enjoy the images. Catch 22? Perhaps. Even if the piece is not hanging in a sunny location today, plans do change. Why take the risk? For important works, invest in a high grade UV acrylic glazing (or plexi-glass) for maximum protection. Unlike glass, it is lightweight, acid- free, distortion- free, and shatterproof - all important qualities for preserving image quality.
#2 Let Your Work Breathe
Here is another reason to abandon glass in favor of acrylic. It’s porous and allows for air flow. Keeping circulation within the frame treatment is essential to slow down the acid build up that can occur over time, affecting the photograph. All our acrylic products are museum quality, from Standard to UV and Non Glare, and serve this purpose.