Aspect ratios can be a tricky thing to understand. To fully understand, you have to drag out some of those rusty junior high math skills. I’ll try to explain it as simply as possible.
Nearly all dSLR cameras create a picture with a 3:2 ratio. That doesn’t describe the overall size of the photo, but how the sides relate to each other – the shape of your photo. To determine what print sizes that creates, just multiply the 3:2 ratio by 2, 3, 4, etc = 6×4, 9×6,12×8 and so on.
4×6 is a standard print size, but do you see how 5×7 and 8×10 (also standard print sizes) aren’t in that list? That’s because those ratios are different.
To make it even more complicated, most point and shoots shoot in a 4:3 aspect ratio. Or 8×6, 12×9, 16×12, etc. An image with a 4:3 ratio doesn’t hit a standard print size until 24×18. Which means that anything smaller than that will need cropping.
That’s a lot of words and a lot of math! Let’s look at it this way.
Each of those crop lines indicates what portion of the photo will need to be cut off in order to fit into that print size.
All of this is to say that you’ll most likely have to crop some part of your photo at some point in the print process. The easiest way to get around having to crop out essential parts is to frame your photo a little more loosely when taking it…don’t zoom in quite so tightly. Easier said than done, though, I still have problems with this. There’s a reason I call them “hate by tens.”
Today’s Suggested Topic:
Black & White
Take an image that looks good when converted to black & white.
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