Friday, August 24, 2007

Above are examples of aspect ratios, how they effect cropping and your solutions to the problem (thank you Pam). For some reason the frame companies have never quite jived with the photography industry when it comes to print sizes, this is not a new issue unique to digital photography, in fact we had the same issues with film too. Below is one of the best explainations I have found.

Different aspect ratios are one of the main reasons consumers have cropping issues when printing digital photos, or film photos as well. Moreover, the majority of digital cameras take an aspect ratio of 4:3 which translates to a size of 4.5" x 6.0". This translates into losing a half an inch when printing on the "standard" size of 4" x 6", an aspect ratio of 3:2. Similar cropping occurs when printing on other sizes as well, i.e., 5"x7", 8"x10", or 11"x14". The easy way to see if the aspect ratio you want will fit is to divide the length and width. If these match then there will be no cropping off the original image. For example, an 8"x12" has the same aspect ratio as a 4"x6" or a 12"x18", because 12 divided by 8 is 1.5, the same aspect ratio as a 4"x6", which is also 1.5.

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