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Photography by Jon Adams

Sep 2011

Frame Sizes

There has been somewhat of a conundrum in the photography world for years now. Some people have thought this was only a digital issue, but it goes back much farther than that. The problem is the 35mm frame size, which is also what most digital cameras shoot also is different than the standard frame sizes on the market.

When you think of picture frames you usually think in 8x10. 11x14, 16x20, 20x24 and so on. But the frame size your Nikon or Canon or about any other is would be equivalent to 8x12, 11x17, 13x19, 16x24, 20x30, 24x36 and so on. For your image to fit in an 8x10 or many of the standard frames out there it has to be cropped off. I like to shoot and fill the frame in camera. On the site I have added common frame sizes to the ordering options, these cost the same as their full frame counterparts. A 16x20 is the same price as a 16x24 for example, but the 16x20 has to be cropped and the web store will show you what it looks like to crop it. While some images can take this cropping well, others simply don't look good cropped this way.

I have been going to various local frame shops to see what they have made on the shelves as far as frame sizes go, I don't want my artwork to require custom framing. I've been happy to see some of the sizes of fames becoming readily available. I found 11x17, 20x30, and 24x36 frames at every place I went to. I didn't find a 16x24, or 13x19 anywhere. These frames are becoming more popular and easy to come by online, so there is some improvement in this area. I did find 18x24 and 22x28 frames readily available at these shops. I'm going to look into these crops and see how they work with my images.

Matting is also another thing to consider when purchasing a print for your home, a matte helps protect the artwork by keeping it away from the glass as well as providing an area of separation for the artwork and it's surroundings. For a framed piece to be considered archival or museum grade it must be framed non-destructively in a quality matte to protect it from the elements and give it room to expand or contract with changing climate conditions.

There are many things to consider when planning an artwork purchase for your home or office.