Help, totally new to mounting...

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  1. xtolsniffer

    xtolsniffer Member

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    Dear all,
    so far I have not found the need to properly mount anything I've done to date. What I tend to do is to print (on RC paper) a 7x5" image on a 10"x8" paper which leaves a 1.5" border all around then either frame this with no over-mat or put it in an album with sticky corners (don't know if that is the proper term for them!). However, I'm thinking of putting in a set of ten prints for the Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society (LRPS), something I've wanted to try for for years. The recommended format (though not compulsory) is a 10"x8" or A4 print onto a 20"x16" mount. The mount size for this image seems a little over the top for me, but hey, that's what it says. Now, I don't have a borderless easel, so I'd be looking to print onto 10"x8" with a 1/4" border all around (the smallest I can do), but then what? Would I trim the print and just mount it onto 20"x16" mount board? Would I not trim and put on an over-mat, or is that too flashy for a mount of that size? The print would then also have unequal borders at the top and sides. I have no idea really what to try for, so any suggestions of what looks good for a 10"x8" print is welcome!
     
  2. dpurdy

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    If you go to an art store you will find they sell tape for hinging. Since you print on rc and it will have a mat over it there isn't much concern with needing to dry mount the print to the backing. Just put a couple pieces of the hinging tape on the top of the print so it is covered by the mat.
    Dennis
     
  3. Vincent Brady

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    My advice would be to try and contact someone from a local camera club who holds a distinction with the RPS. You could show them your work and method of presentation and ask for their advice. To be honest I think a panel of 8x10 RC prints mounted for the first time would have the odds stacked against it, unless the work is extraordinary original. I believe that the RPS run workshops on preparing panels and perhaps this might be another option for you to try. Good luck with your panel in any case.
     
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    With RC paper in sheets, the paper lies very flat.

    So if you would like a borderless print, just place your paper on the baseboard in a particular spot, and allow the enlarged image to spill out just past the edge of the paper. Using a smallish aperture is a good idea as well (for the depth of focus).

    You can use cardboard "L"s and tape, or a larger easel with the blades adjusted to something like 10.12" x 8.12" to create the "nest" for the paper to sit in.

    You may have to trim the result slightly, given RC paper's tendency to wear at the corners.
     
  5. BMbikerider

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    What part of Yorkshire do you live in? I am in Nth Yorks and could possibly help as I used to give talks on print mounting to various clubs. Send me a Private Message if interested.