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By Vision Reporter

Added 31st July 2009 03:00 AM

Digital cameras and cheaper processing have made photography more popular than ever. Now, most people own a large collection of family, ceremonial and holiday photographs.

By Harriet Birungi

Digital cameras and cheaper processing have made photography more popular than ever. Now, most people own a large collection of family, ceremonial and holiday photographs.

However, pictures are still hidden in albums rather than being displayed where such memories can be enjoyed and shared.

There are numerous ways to enjoy photographs, says Milly Ampire, who has a number of framed pictures in different parts of her house.

You can use an idle wall for an album or laminate pictures onto wood and display them in different parts of the house.

Laminated pictures are durable and come with their own frame and wood. You just have to find a good place to display them.

Ampire says you can use the display cabinet in the sitting room. These provide a perfect a place where pictures can be displayed as there is less traffic and does not require putting nails in the display unit. All you need are good frames and quality pictures.

Displaying photographs adds instant interest, warmth, a sense of ownership, as well as providing a happy reminder of well-loved faces and places. Pictures can also be mounted in a collection of frames and displayed on small tables.

You can get frames from gift shops, supermarkets, studios or art galleries. These can be ready-made or designed to fit a particular photograph.

If you have several small portraits, a small stand fitted with hooks for hanging miniature circular frames works well.

A wall-mounted display of framed photographs is beautiful but for extra impact they can be arranged in themes.

While displaying photographs, advises Ampire, place them in a well-lit area so that they can be seen easily and enjoyed to the full.

Photographs on a table are best lit by a table lamp which will shine a pool of light down on to them.

Create a mini gallery by displaying photographs from an event, in one large frame.

Use mounting cards with squares, ovals and circles cut in it to mask unwanted parts for a harmonious arrangement of shapes.

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