View Full Version : Cropping ratios
17th of December 2008 (Wed), 18:51
Pretty much most of the people who post in PA use a 4 x 6 crop for their photos. Early on I noticed that I tended to compose my shots naturally in a 4 x 5 ratio and went with that, not really noticing that I was going counter to the norm. Recently I have saved a bunch of shots that didn't work otherwise in a 1 x 1 crop ration and some of those are now stellar.
Why do you crop the way you do and why the resistance to alternate cropping ratios?
17th of December 2008 (Wed), 18:55
You can almost always get 4:5 out of 2:3 but vice versa can be tough if you shot specifically for 4:5.
I shoot 2:3 with some pad when able and then you do whatever you want with it.
One obstacle to "custom crops" is lack of off the shelf custom mattes and frames.
17th of December 2008 (Wed), 19:08
i typically shoot w/o post-crop in mind, so most of the shots i keep in 2:3 ratio...lately i've been doing other crop ratios, though...sometimes a 4:5 or square works best. it really depends on the image.
17th of December 2008 (Wed), 20:03
My first objective is keeping the *in camera* ratio of 2:3...Those I can crop further if needed, individually...
And 4:5, I reserve for printing enlargements, intended for framing in standard frame sizes... There are no standard 8x12 or 16x24 frames... and Custom frames in those dimensions start at $45 dollars and up, per frame...
Therefore, final prints; 8x10, 11 x 14's and 16x20's, are my choice for framing...
18th of December 2008 (Thu), 13:12
...and then there's the new content aware scaling in Photoshop CS4 which allows you to re-ratio the image by stretching the background without distorting the subjects. It actually works better than I expected it to and have already used it once in a real situation where I shot too tight and the customer wanted an 8x10.
18th of December 2008 (Thu), 13:44
hmm...interesting feature. but not enough for me to spring the $ and move from CS 3
18th of December 2008 (Thu), 15:12
Cropping gives me a pita every time....if I crop to a 4x5, they want a 5x7. If I leave it at the 2:3 ratio, they want an 8x10. If I try to pad it, it seems like there is a ton of headroom and foreground so I tend to not pad enough. I guess more experience will be my only help.
18th of December 2008 (Thu), 15:15
I just got CS3, I'm staying with it for a while.
I frame in camera, then figure out the best crop in PP.
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