Basic Framing Video Class

Just put the finishing touches on my video class "Basic Photo Framing Using Frame Kits". It expands on an earlier blog post of mine, "Basic Framing", which was, more or less, a written out form of my basic framing workshop presentation. 

Join me as I demonstrate how to frame your photos simply and inexpensively using off-the-shelf frame kits. This free video covers frame kits: what they include, when to use them, their pros and cons, and how to get good results using them. It covers mounting wire hanging hardware on the back, which is essential for most photography competitions, including the annual Fran Achen Photography Competition sponsored by the Whitewater Arts Alliance. Most of the class is a how-to demonstration.

Please enjoy the video and post any questions and/or comments here on the blog or on my contact form. Cheers!

You can refer back to a specific segment by moving the video play head to the listed time index.











What is a Frame Kit?

Taking Measurements

Tools & Materials


Hinge Mounting

Mounting with Photo Corners


Attaching Wire Hanger

My favorite line: [when discussing the proper length of screw to select for the frame] "If you mount the screw into the frame and it comes through the will not be a good day." Words to live by.


The video was shot with a Canon 5D Mark III DSLR using a Canon EF70-300mm f/4-5.6L USM lens at 70mm focal length using f/4 for the host segments and f/8 for the demonstration segments.. Sound recording was done with a Rode SmartLav+ microphone run to camera audio line in and Shure SM81 condenser microphone run to Tascam DR-40 Linear PCM recorder. The set was lit with continuous light from two large octagonal softboxes, each with nine daylight-balanced fluorescent bulbs on full power. Video editing was done in Adobe Premiere Pro with sound editing being done in Adobe Audition. Titles were created in Premiere Pro with supplemental graphics from Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.