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Offering picture frames, posters, art and more for over 30 years! www.frameusa.com has a great selection, low prices, fast delivery and friendly staff.

At Frame USA, we champion our craft. We make all of our art, frames, and more inside our warehouse. All wood frames produced from Frame USA are 100% made in America! We take great pride with that because not only are we able to produce everything in house, we are still able to offer highly competitive prices.

December Charity of the Month: Fill The Truck

Fill The Truck
Fill The Truck

In December of 2010, Dan Regenold, CEO of Frame USA, had a vision: to fill an entire 54’ foot semi-truck for a local charity.  He knew this would be his biggest charitable giving project and would need a team to assist him.  He put together a team of giving coordinators consisting of: packers, donation collectors, marketing/pr professionals, and more, to help coordinate this massive event in under 30 days.  By the end of December, Frame USA ended up needing a second truck because they over filled their semi by 7%. This resulted in 833 boxes and over 30 skids equaling more than 22,200 donations!

In 2011, Frame USA expanded the Fill The Truck charity initiative to partner with 9 businesses to host a total of 8 trucks and/or storage units throughout the greater Cincinnati, northern Kentucky, and southern Dayton area.  Each business hosted a truck (or storage unit) and collected donations for a local charity. In 2012, Fill the truck hosted 6 trucks at 6 locations.

This year, the 2016 vision is to fill multiple trucks and provide substantial donations to each charity. We have partnered with several businesses and corporate partners.

2015 Fill The Truck Group Photo

We are collecting donations to fill the truck.  Even just basic things such as toilet paper, personal care items, winter clothing, and bedding can have a profound impact for those who are in need.  Please consider donating an item today through our Website, If you would rather just donate cash, please see our Cash Donations page.

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to Fill The Truck in appreciation for your online order for the month of December.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!

 

Most Popular Poster Frame Sizes

The Most Popular Poster Frame Sizes
The Most Popular Poster Frame Sizes

We are often asked what our most popular poster frame sizes are:

  • 11 x 17 Poster Frame – Perfect poster size frame for framing a poster in a child’s room, your office at work or other small areas such as a den, livable attic or other similar spaces.
  • 18 x 24 Poster Frame – This is the quintessential frame size for hanging advertisements in a lobby or venue, or just about any metropolitan area where people can see the image and read the words without having to be directly in front of the poster.
  • 24 x 36 Poster Frame – This is the most common poster frame size (average poster size) and generally the size that standard posters are made. This is the ideal size for concert and novelty posters to hang around your room or house.
  • 27 x 40 Poster Frame – This is the standard movie poster frame size for typical movie posters (occasionally you’ll find them sized 27 x 41) making it perfect for officially licensed movie posters.
Standard Poster Frame Sizes
Standard Poster Frame Sizes

In case you were wondering, all frames can be used to frame posters no matter the type or style. Just remember when your choosing picture frame sizes best suited for your needs, always (and I can’t stress that enough) measure your image first. Our frame sizes are based on inside dimensions, meaning if you have an image that is 8 x 10 and you do not intend on using the mat, you would want to order an 8 x 10 frame. Now if you have an 8 x 10 image and do want to include the mat in the framing process, you have to order a larger frame size to accommodate this.

Black Picture Frames

Black picture frames are not only our most requested picture frames but they are the most popular color frames due to their versatility. Placing a black frame around your artwork will immediately make it look more polished an professional.  These frames can make colors pop without overpowering the image and will make the art standout when placed on an all white wall.

Black Picture Frames
Black Picture Frames

Not only color, but black picture frames obviously pair extremely well with black and white photography. Black and white photography features images in black, white and assorted shades of gray, this version of photography is popular due to the old time feel it can add to images ass well as the fact that if you take a picture in color and the colors don’t pop, you can make it a black and white image and it will be transform into an impressive picture.

Black Picture Frames
Black Picture Frames

 

Black frames work well with with just about everything and their versatility can make living spaces and artwork look more classic, modern or dramatic all at the same time.

The Most Popular Types of Photography, Part 2

Photography, the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera, has gained massive popularity due to the abundance of easily accessible and affordable cameras.

A few weeks ago we made a post dedicated to the most popular types of photography.

  1. Landscape Photography captures large regions of space and nature meant to display the size and look of the environment.
  2. Wedding Photography (just as the name suggests) focuses on the activities relating to weddings; photographs of the couple before marriage, the wedding and the reception.
  3. Black & White Photography features images in black, white and assorted shades of gray.
  4. Macro Photography portrays smalls subjects in extreme closeups making the image in the photo larger than its actual size.
  5. Portrait Photography is intended to capture the personality, mood and expression of a person or group of people.

We covered these five types of photography but we left a few off; Photojournalism, Wildlife and Fashion Photography.

Photojournalism documents an event or story as it is unfolding by using images to tell a news story. Some things to note when doing photojournalism:

  • Make sure you have the correct context – Photojournalism is catered towards making sure that people can see what’s happening and correctly understand what you’re trying to convey with your image. People like seeing photos of other people because that helps to humanize stories.
  • Figure out how to convey the emotion of the moment – Capturing people’s expressions, interactions with others and their surroundings, body language, etc. is very important.
Photojournalism Photography - Black and White Picture Frames
Photojournalism Photography – Black and White Picture Frames

Wildlife Photography is the capturing of images of animals in their natural habitat. This type of photography can be extremely challenging do to the unpredictable nature of certain animals.

  • Get an eye-level perspective (or even lower) of your subject – Shooting at eye-level or below brings the person viewing your image right into the scene as well as provides them with the view of the world from the animal’s perspective.
  • Practice Patience – Animals are often unpredictable; you could spend all day not finding a single thing to shoot.
  • Know Your Subject – Wildlife photography is based upon capturing brief interactions or moments so it is necessary that you can somewhat predict your subject’s behavior.
Wildlife Photography - Architect Picture Frame
Wildlife Photography – Architect Picture Frame

Fashion Photography is committed to exhibiting fashion clothing and models and is most prominent in advertisements. Some tips to set your fashion photography apart from others:

  • Use Props – Have items for your models to interact with.
  • Experiment With Emotions – Instruct your models to imitate emotional outbursts (cry, laugh, act mad or sad).
  • Take Random Candid Shots – During a quick break continue to take pictures because you never know what you might stumble upon.
  • Get the Models to Move – As opposed to just sitting in a stuffy, closed-off studio, take your models outside.
Fashion Photography - Verona Wide Picture Frame
Fashion Photography – Verona Wide Picture Frame

There are numerous styles of photography and unlimited things to shoot, so get out there and start shooting now. Then head on over to Frame USA, Inc. your one-stop secure online shopping place for a wide variety of Ready-Made Picture Frames. We’re proud of our products, our service, and the way we stand behind what we do. We guarantee you’ll love our Photography frames. And you’ll love the way we treat you at Frame USA!

 

 

Victorian Picture Frames

The Victorian series of picture frames feature fancy, ornate moldings. These wide picture frames are perfect for vintage photography and museum-quality artwork.

Victorian Picture Frames
Victorian Picture Frames

The Victorian style became popular in the mid to late 19th century during the reign of Queen Victoria. During her rule industrial development exploded and luxurious and rich styles or art, literature and architecture prevailed. Early in the era art focused on realism and moral and spiritual undertones. Later on the Victorian style began to renounce realism and became a more multifaceted and diverse style. Bright colors were very popular during this time because it helped bring attention to the very small details encompassed in this style or art and woman were more often than not the subject of most pieces.

Victorian Picture Frames
Victorian Picture Frames

Victorian not only is the name of this series, it describes it as well. Our Victorian Series is characterized with carved ornament embellishments. Made from high quality MDF wood composite material, Victorian Series picture frames don’t carry a high-end price. These composite wood picture frames resemble the look of carved wood. There are two color profiles offered in this series both with their own unique qualities. Walnut with Gold, features a slate-blue initial color with accents of walnut, the inside frame is brushed with a textured gold stripe, finishing with a walnut colored studded edge. Our Antique Gold is a gold finish with flecks of black throughout. They’re a worthy rival to our Napoleon series. Choose the Victorian Series from Frame USA!

Happy Veterans Day

American Flag
American Flag

“Honoring the sacrifices many have made for our country in the name of freedom and democracy is the very foundation of Veterans Day.” – Charles B. Rangel

Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11th and is a United States holiday which memorializes military vets. The holiday is celebrated on November 11th because this is the date that marks the end of World War I. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 World War I was ended.

World War I was a global war that began on July 28th 1914 and lasted 4 years, 3 months and 14 days. There were 135 countries who took part in the war which killed over 15 million people. The opposing forces involved in World War I were the Allies and the Central Powers, the Allies consisted of The United States, the British, Russia, Belgium, France, Greece, Montenegro, Italy, Japan, Portugal, Romania and Serbia while the countries in the Central Powers included Bulgaria, Germany, Austria-Hungary and Turkey.

The war began after the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand who was next in line to sit on the throne of Austria-Hungary. His death caused Austria-Hungary to declare war on Serbia.

Previously named Armistice Day, Veterans Day was renamed in 1954.

Veterans Day is often times confused with Memorial Day, the difference between the two is that Veterans Day recognizes the service of all U.S. military vets while Memorial Day celebrates the memory of those who died while in service or due to injuries during battle.

In 1968 a bill was passed by Congress which moved Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October. The law went into effect in 1971 but was changed in 1975 by President Ford. Ford returned Veterans Day to November 11th because of the important history of this date.

“It’s about how we treat our veterans every single day of the year. It’s about making sure they have the care they need and the benefits that they’ve earned when they come home. It’s about serving all of you as well as you’ve served the United States of America. Freedom is never free.” – President Barack Obama

Leather Picture Frames

If you’re attempting to make a room, living space or piece of artwork look high-class or fancy, then leather picture frames are an easy solution.

Our Black Leather series picture frame has a textured leather finish for contemporary styling. These wood picture frames are available in 3 distinct profiles. The narrow and wide profiles have a beveled appearance, while the rounded leather frame profile has a smooth curved face.

Black Leather Picture Frames
Black Leather Picture Frames

As mentioned above, our Leather Picture Frames pair great with contemporary styling. Contemporary style unlike most styles, incorporates more than one style of artwork and is meant to reflect the current trends. Contemporary focuses on a variety of artistic styles that were developed in the last half of the 20th century. Neutral colors are a staple of the contemporary style, brown, gray, tan, white, taupe and cream are often used.

The sister to our Black Leather Picture Frames is our Brown Leather series. The brown leather picture frames are great for framing certificates or awards to hang in your office as well as paintings or artwork to enhance a den. When you want to say high-class, choose the made in America Brown Leather series.

Brown Leather Picture Frames
Brown Leather Picture Frames

If you are looking for a great textured frame to help your art or images stand out, you should check out these eco-friendly wood frames today.

 

 

Acrylic Picture Frames

Acrylic Picture Frames are the ideal choice when you need cheap photo frames fast. Our bent acrylic photo frames stand on their own and are perfect for home or the office.

Acrylic Picture Frame
Acrylic Picture Frame

These affordable plastic picture frames offer an easy way to display your favorite snapshots and images. But, the acrylic frames are not just for pictures, they are also great at housing trading cards, ticket stubs, magazine cut-outs, drawings, foreign money from vacation, awards as well as numerous other items.

The acrylic picture frames can display images in portrait or landscape view (vertically or horizontally) and it is extremely easy to remove pictures. These frames are particularity nice during the holiday season because they are a cheap gift but can have a lot of meaning based on the picture you decide to frame. The simple look makes it so that your image is always the center of attention.

Acrylic Picture Frames
Acrylic Picture Frames

Regardless if the acrylic picture frame is for you or you’re giving it as a gift, we know you will enjoy this product. So head on over to Frame USA, get one now and let us know what you think.

The Most Popular Types of Photography

Photography, the art, process, or job of taking pictures with a camera, has gained massive popularity due to the abundance of easily accessible and affordable cameras.

It wasn’t long ago where you had to go out and actually purchase a camera. These box cameras had a standard amount of pictures you could take, then you had to take the camera to the store in order for them to develop your photos. Prior to this you had to buy your own film in addition to your own camera. Once you used all your film you then had to find a dark room and develop your own pictures.

Now-a-days pretty much everybody has their own camera able to take endless amounts of pictures thanks to the evolution of cellphones. As cell phone cameras continue to improve and with the addition of apps like Instagram, which come with plenty of filters to enhance you photos, everybody can now become a professional photographer in their own rights.

Some of the most popular styles of photography include Landscape, Wedding, Black & White, Macro, and Portrait photography.

Landscape Photography captures large regions of space and nature meant to display the size and look of the environment. Most landscapes include very little to no human interaction and instead are focused on an unadulterated representation of nature. When taking landscape pictures make sure to:

  • Photograph the same image multiple times but with different points of view – These altering points of view can bring an unexpected aspect to your image.
  • Maximize your depth of field – This is a good technique for landscape because it causes everything in the photo to be in sharp focus.
  • Place points of interest in your foreground
Appalachian Barnwood Lanscape
Appalachian Barnwood Lanscape

Wedding Photography (just as the name suggests) focuses on the activities relating to weddings; photographs of the couple before marriage, the wedding and the reception. Wedding photography is big business and most good wedding photographers have their weekends booked from spring until fall. Important things to remember when taking pictures of weddings:

  • Visit the wedding venue – It is important to see the locations of the places you’ll be shooting (church, reception hall, etc.) in advance, that way you can have an idea of a few positions and shots you intend to take.
  • Turn the sound on your camera off – There’s nothing worse then a loud noise interrupting an intimate moment and you as the photographer are going to be have access to all the intimate moments the wedding will posses, so turn your camera sound off and make sure you don’t ruin the evening.
  • Shoot everything – Make sure to include even the smallest details of the wedding (shoes, menus, flowers, table settings, candid shots, nameplates, etc.) to ensure the couple is completely satisfied and it will help add a little extra boost to the end wedding album.
Colori Picture Frame -- Wedding Photography
Colori Picture Frame — Wedding Photography

Black & White Photography features images in black, white and assorted shades of gray. This version of photography is popular due to the old time feel it can add to images ass well as the fact that if you take a picture in color and the colors don’t pop, you can make it a black and white image and it will be an impressive picture. Some things to pay attention to when shooting black and white:

  • Shoot and edit in color – Doing these steps in color ensures that you have more detail to work with so once you convert your photo to black and white you’ll have a much stronger image.
  • Take advantage of poor weather – Dark and overcast days usually provide low contrast due to the lack of light.
  • Pay attention to texture, contrast and shape – When shooting in black and white you don’t have colors to bring an image to life so you need to look for scenes with strong black and white tones as well as various shapes and textures in the image to allow the blacks and whites stand on their own.
Black and White Picture Frame -- Black and White Photography
Black and White Picture Frame — Black and White Photography

Macro Photography portrays smalls subjects in extreme closeups making the image in the photo larger than its actual size. There are a few steps to making the most out of your macro photography:

  • Use natural light and back light – The sun, especially at dawn, is great for bringing out previously unknown details.
  • Take pictures using the burst effect – Setting your camera to shoot in bursts is a great way to get a lot of decent images of a moving object, or and object that can’t sit still such as insects (which are perfect for macro photography).
  • Select a simple background – Doing this ensures that the subject and background aren’t competing for attention.
Verona Picture Frame -- Macro Photography
Verona Picture Frame — Macro Photography

The goal of Portrait Photography is to capture the personality, mood and expression of a person or group of people.  When taking portrait pictures you want to make sure to:

  • Fill out the frame – You want the subject of your picture to take up the majority of the photograph.
  • Leave the studio – Shooting portraits in a studio is fine but changing the location can give you pictures a refreshing feel. Simply going to a park can add so much more to your picture than simply taking it in a photo studio.
  • Ditch the on-camera flash – The built in flash on a camera is for people just snapping pictures to capture a moment. If you’re serious about photography then having additional lights is important. The on-camera flash is very flat and often creates a “deer in headlights” look.
Metal 1 Picture Frame -- Portrait Photography
Metal 1 Picture Frame — Portrait Photography

There are numerous styles of photography and unlimited things to shoot, so get out there and start shooting now. Then head on over to Frame USA, Inc. your one-stop secure online shopping place for a wide variety of Ready-Made Picture Frames. We’re proud of our products, our service, and the way we stand behind what we do. We guarantee you’ll love our Photography frames. And you’ll love the way we treat you at Frame USA!

 

 

November Charity of the Month: The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army

Founded in 1865 in London by William Booth, The Salvation Army is present in 127 countries and operates 7,546 centers in the United States alone. The Salvation Army is dedicated to fighting hunger, addiction and poverty by meeting peoples physical as well as spiritual needs. The work of the Army is funded through corporate contributions, kettle donations and the sale of goods donated. These donations are used to establish and run disaster relief, anti-human trafficking, various children’s programs, food distribution and more.

From their website:

The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.”

To help with the vision, Frame USA will be donating to The Salvation Army in appreciation for your online order for the month of November.

We are proud to support this great organization. Be sure to donate during the checkout process to help us support this great charity!