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    Square frame for a square picture?

    I've always enlarged by MF negatives (6x6) cropping them to either 8x10 or 11x14 and bought frames accordingly.

    I was thinking of using the whole negative and enlarging to 11x11. Is it aesthetically displeasing to mount a 11x11 photo in a frame meant for 11x14 if you have the correct matting?

    If OK, would you mount directly in the middle or asymmetrically with the photo more toward one end?

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    It is a matter of opinion, I think. I don't much like it, but it seems to be commonly done, so some people must like it.

    You can usually get square frames at a frame shop, though the selection is more limited than with non-square-rectangular frames.
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    I don't see the problem. Looks great!
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    It probably does not matter, however, I would think some viewers would wonder why you didn't print the larger rectangular picture. May depend more on the strength of the image itself. Then again, I am not an artsy type and if it were me, I would do what ever I wanted.
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    I agree, the composition would need to work for the square format but I also want variation in the proportions of the photos to add interest in a group of framed pictures on a wall.

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    I do 10.5 inch square prints in 16 x 20 frames all the time.



    But I might add, assuming you cut your own mats, some stores carry frame sections in pairs, available in lengths at one inch increments. You can create a wide range of aspect ratios.

    The reveal at the bottom of the double mat is a little wider for a signature.

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    DWThomas, that looks really nice.
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    I approach it the other way. For walls with more than one photograph on them, I like using square frames, with photographs of differing sizes (square, rectangular-vertical, rectangular-horizontal) mounted in them. This results in the frames having the same footprint (wallprint?) and, where there is a row or column of them, they look organized, and like they belong together.
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    DWThomas

    That's what I meant. Looks great! How did you decide on the vertical location of the print on the mat?
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    Generally I mount square prints almost identically to DWThomas, same image & frame size except with no white border around the prints, matting to the edge of the image.

    How much I offset from top & bottom (which I think is your question Ralph) depends on how the image is going to be displayed. My exhibition work is a mixture of negative formats 5x4(10x8), 6x6 and 6x17 (all full frame) in the same 20x16 frames so I spent some time doing visual comparisons of image size and in frame positioning with each format, first on the PC like Ralph's drawing, then made actual prints. It works out that the vertical centre of each image size is constant for landscape format, because that seems to work best visually.

    More recently I've been selling some square images in square frames, initially because a local store (UK) has some very nice square frames at bargain prices, but they great when finished and hung on a wall.

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