Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Photography with Jessica - Cropping Ratios

Just like wide screen and full screen movies, different standard picture sizes have different height-to-width ratios. Take a look to see how different picture sizes will affect your image...

Pretty much any point-and-shoot or DSLR (with the exception of a medium-format or large-format camera) shoots in the 4×6 ratio. This means that when you make a 4×6 print, it will look exactly the way it’s framed in-camera. But if you enlarge it to a 5×7, you can see that some of the height will get cropped off. With an 8×10, even more height is lost. So if you had something important at the very top or bottom of the frame, it would get cut out. And you can see the ratios of other common sizes in the diagram as well. In the 20×24 size, the pom at the top of the hat gets cut out of the image. This is definitely something to keep in mind while taking pictures. I usually try to frame my photo the way I want it, but then zoom out a bit to leave some extra cropping room. If you’ll be making enlargements, that foresight will really pay off in the end!


  1. Olá meninas amo passear neste blog...e por favor se vocês puderem retirar o verificador de palavras,seria bem mais fácil fazer os comentários pois nem sempre entendemos as letras que aparecem,bjs...

  2. All great tips to have on hand when needed! Thanks for sharing :)


  3. As a photographer, I always try to explain this to my customers. You however, have the gift of words and time to make a lovely blog post. I'm lucky if I get a shower with my two kids running around the house! ;) However, most on-line photo labs allow you to crop and reposition the image so don't always 'lose' the best part of your image. I'm able to do this when customers submit print orders through me, but I always wonder if they take the extra step to properly 'crop' their images when ordering elsewhere. I'm going to forward this on!! :)


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