Photography and framing don’t have to be two separate issues. There are tips photographers follow that capture remarkable images on camera that then can be transferred to a wall display by applying the same techniques used to capture the image to present it best in your home, office, or bedroom.
The Top 3 Photography Tips to Use for Frame Positioning
The Rule of Thirds
Every good photographer knows the importance of composition and follows this rule like its law. It’s super simple to apply to your walls too when you’re hanging your photos. You can fill your walls with anything and hang your frames anywhere you want except for one area – in the centre of your wall.
Next time you watch the TV, watch where characters are positioned in each shot. It’s never in the centre of the screen.
When you see framing display tips about hanging frames at eye level usually 60” from floor height, this is partly the rule of thirds because rarely will a room have a wall that’s 120” high and wide. There may be somewhere, but there’s a high chance it’s not the measurements of your wall. So, go with eye-level height and hang your frames off-centre. In practice, it could be an over sofa display with a single frame hung just off the centre.
Fill the space with complimenting accessories
In a perfect photo shoot, there’s rarely just one thing. There’s the main object or person, and then there’s the surrounding props and colours. Think of how estate agents use home staging. They’ll move dining tables, hide the TV, reposition sofas and put fresh flowers on sideboards and dining tables then take the shot. The accessories in the photo are complementary to the main object. The same technique can be applied to your walls using shelves, sideboards, or hanging your photo above a fireplace by adding some accessories into the scene. The idea is that your walls won’t only have photos on display, but instead, the frames will be complemented by accessories such as decorative candles, artwork (other than print) like statue ornaments, paperweights or snow globes (perhaps with a personal photo inside the snow globe). There’s no right or wrong way to create displays because they’re personal to you and your home. How you dress your walls is part of what makes your home unique to you. Use what you have to dress your wall displays up a little.
Lighting Is the Essential Component to Set the Mood You Want to Create
Photographers will be up before sunrise so they can use the first light of the day to create an effect on their imagery. Sunrise light is very hard to imitate because it has such a remarkable effect on the feelings a picture inspires. On your walls, lighting will play a role in the emotions conjured when you see the photos. If you don’t have anti-glare glazing, it’ll be frustrating when sunlight blurs the view, or the TV screen is mirrored on the frames glazing. Using anti-glare, light reflections are controlled better, and you can even surround the display with soft tealights on shelves (not too close) to give a soft light creating a warm homely feeling to your wall display. Another option for lighting is to use picture lights that hang over your frame, adding emphasis to it, ensuring it’s a prominent piece on your walls.
Don’t settle for bland by slapping your frames in any empty wall space. Think through the positioning and what surrounds your display, and you’ll feel more satisfied every time you look at your photos.