Black Picture Frames for Beautiful Images

The reasons that we have pictures and photographs taken at special moments of our lives are to be able to capture the joys, the happiness and the laughter forever. These are, thus, a significant part of our existence, that help us to live through the special memories long after they have passed.

Visuals can also fade or fritter away like memories in old age. If you want these to look fresh and as good as new you have to give them good protection. Moreover, an appropriate picture frames may be just what you will need.

Picture Framing

There are various types of stuff available for you to choose.. There are frames made from wood, metal, glass and even plastic. Moreover, in each category there are different colors and designs that are available too. This is true especially in case of wooden ones.

You will find the largest collection made from different types of wood. There are different colors and designs given to frames from wood.

There are dark shades, like black ones while there are even lighter shades of natural wood color varnishes that are available.

Elegance exudes from the variety of black ones that are available. These made from solid wood that gives it a look of durability, strength and firmness. The color black is preferred because it creates a sublime effect for all kinds of pictures and room décor or even wall colors.

You may enjoy a few advantages because you are using black picture frames. Moreover, this may be the reasons that this is also a very popular variety of picture frames among buyers and customers.

Among all the colors known to man, there are a few shades neutral in the way they can carry other colors along with them. In addition, black color is one of the chief colors among those shades. You can place any black and white photo into it, or even a flashy colored picture or even a certificate. They will all look prominent and attractive.

The second important perspective for choosing a black one is the room décor and the wall colors. The use of a black variety will go very easily with everything else that is there in a room.

These will look opulent and graceful in every type of setting – residential or commercial.

Black Picture Frame Types

There are different styles that given to them. There are made from solid wood that are flat and broad. Then there are other designs made from solid wood that are broad and thick as well.

There is another design of thin frames that are light and trim the pictures elegantly. You can also customize the black picture frame with a light engraving as an embellishment.

What Makes Award Winning Photography?

Like many of you, I have entered my fair share of photography contests before. I have even won a few awards. Now that I have a website that sponsors its own photo contest, I guess you could say I have a new perspective. Having judged photos for over 4 years, I now feel qualified to share some insight as to what those people who judge photos are looking for.

Have a dominate subject or theme…that doesn’t mean it HAS to be a single subject all by itself, but if you have to guess what the subject is… that’s not a good sign. Don’t get me wrong; there can be multiple elements in a single photo and still be effective, but there has to be something specific to keep your attention.

The Simpler the Background the Better… that doesn’t mean the background HAS to be so soft focus that you see nothing else, but do NOT let unwanted details pull your attention away from the subject. Robert Capa once said, “If you’re pictures aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” This may sound extreme, but if there is no background, obviously it can not distract.

Lines and Shapes Must Support the Subject… too often and lines or shapes can lead your eyes off the page and or to a totally different area of the image. The most common mistake I see with portraits is what to do with hands. When you shoot a couple and you see these little fingers wrapped around the waist of a young lady, what happens? Those small visual lines point right back to the young lady’s waist or stomach. In most cases, I feel safe in saying that is NOT where they want your viewer to be looking.

A Great Image must have Emotional Impact… we all see 1,000’s of images a day. The Greats Ones are those that stay in our mind. We can feel, touch, or smell that image in our mind because of the creative use of Texture, Depth of Field, or the Rule of Thirds, etc. Great photos make us want to look again and again. Not all Artists are Photographers, but all Great Photographers are Artists! I have seen thousands of movies in my lifetime. Those that make me laugh, cry, or even feel upset I tend to remember. It’s the same with still photos. If you can make someone feel something they were not feeling before they viewed your work, then you have a strong possibility that it’s award winning material.

These are not the only factors in who wins and who does not, but they are the most common. If every time you enter a photo contest; your entry passes these four tests… the odds of winning have just increased by a thousand fold. It is true that creativity is in the eye of the beholder, but unless you think about these four areas, you may be the only one beholding your image. In most cases, winning photographs don’t just happen. They are designed to win.

Career Choices Using Photography and the Skills Needed to Succeed

There are many different jobs which involve photography, including:

-Portrait/studio/wedding – focusing on images of people and selling images to families and individuals

-Sports – action photos, from childrens’ leagues up to professional and olympic levels

-Commercial/product photography – every ad has images taken by someone. Jewelry, food, automotive, and fashion photography are some examples.

-Artistic/landscape – scenic or artistically oriented images, often sold as artwork, postcards or tourist items

-Architectural – photos of buildings and other constructed items

-Forensic – used in police/detective work. Crime scene and related photography.

-Journalism – un-staged real-life images for newspaper and magazines

-School/event – school pictures, sports teams, church and other groups where high volume is typical.

-Stock photography – images taken that other people will buy and use for advertising and other purposes

There other other specialties such as astrophtography and microphotography.

Frequently Asked Questions about careers in Photography

1) What skills do I need to be successful as a photographer?

-Conceptual- the ability to understand your clients’ needs and communicate with them

-Technical – the ability to identify, configure and use camera, lighting, and props to make images

-Editing – the ability to process captured images and edit them to meet the customers’ needs

-Marketing – the ability to get your name out and to connect you and your business to your potential customer base

-Selling – the ability to earn money from your profession. Includes pricing, negotiating, meeting with customers, producing their final products

-Managing – Taking care of the day-to-day needs of a business or professional, including buying things, paying bills, covering insurance, taxes, permits, etc.

-Leading – Building and or working in a business environment where you need to create visions, define goals and actions, and implement them to grow the business

-Serving – Contacting and growing your customer base, measuring customer satisfaction, resolving customer issues.

You can see that only the Technical and Editing skills fall into traditional Photography/Computer skills. However, because photography involves a high degree of interpersonal communication and subjective needs of the customer base, you need to develop and posses good people skills – listening, documenting, creativity, follow-through, etc.

2) What education do I need to be successful in photography?

You will need to learn or be taught the technical aspects of photography – lighting, composition, camera science, image editing and production. Some people can learn this as they go. Others pursue a special degree or certificate from certain schools, or you can get a 4-year degree in arts/photography from a university. To be very well prepared, you should consider a minor in business or marketing or a minor in your chosen specialty field such as criminal justice, sports or journalism. This will give you an edge over any candidates who do not have this education.

3) What type of experience is required?

To be employable, you need to demonstrate competence in not just the technical areas of photography, but also the soft skills. I recommend building and growing a portfolio of your own images to show your technical and artistic development and skills. A demonstrated track record in any service industry (food service, retail, etc.) will demonstrate that you can work with people and satisfy their needs. Using your photo skills in volunteer areas will also grow your skills and breadth of experience.

You can often get work as a “second shooter” or assistant to professionals in your town. Your ability to take on the dirty work and learn on the job will increase your odds of success in finding entry level work.

4) What are the job duties of a photographer?

They vary highly from the job areas and the size of the business, but these are the general duties:

– Prepare marketing plans to advertise and promote your products and services

– Interact with customers on proposals to secure the job

– Prepare for photo sessions – logistics/planning, coordinating equipment, props, models, permits, etc.

– Conduct the photo session

– Edit and backup the images

– Publish and/or make the images available for customer review

– Interact with customers to develop the images into their ideal products

– Transact the sale and collect the payment

– Manage the business accounts – keep the office running

5) What is the outlook for this type of career?

There are good jobs in all of these areas. The development of high quality digital cameras has given the average person the ability to create very good images at a reasonable cost, but the professional photographer will have the training, talent, tools and motivation to make better images. Price pressure will continue to force professionals to be more cost effective.