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CRob
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Sep 14, 2010 07:20 |  #1

Is there anyway when I do my editing that I can make the photo the exact way so that when I go to order prints its not making me crop the image and having to cut something out?


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Sep 14, 2010 07:24 |  #2

Is this any help?

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Sep 14, 2010 08:54 |  #3

It boils down to the fact that various print sizes have various proportional dimensions, called "aspect ratios" that are not necessarily the same as the aspect ratio of your image. Canon DSLR sensors have an aspect ratio of 1:1.5 (or 2:3) that will fit some print sizes without needing to crop, but not a lot of them. For example, take that 2:3 and multiply the dimensions and you can get a 4x6 print or an 8x12 print or a 24x36 all without cropping.

But, if you consider other common print sizes you will see the problem: to print a 5x7 you will have to crop some off the wide dimension, to print an 8x10 you will have to crop even more, and so if you go through a bunch of common sizes you will see that you can produce some by multiplying the 1:1.5 factors but for a bunch you will have to crop.

So, what should you do? Well, I take two approaches to cropping and printing. For some images I decide that they "work best" at a given aspect ratio, or at least close to it. So, for some images I may decide to only print at the 2:3 aspect ratio (such as a 4x6) or I may push it with say a 5x7, but it wouldn't work as an 8x10. But with images with a sufficient amount of "leeway" I wouldn't necessarily crop it until I wanted to either print to a specific size (or maybe for a specific display purpose).


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Sep 14, 2010 14:44 |  #4

CRob,

This whole film/sensor aspect ratio and the aspect ratios of various "standard" sizes, which in fact are not standard at all is a minefield. Where does A4 fit into our normal print sizes? Answer: It does not.

What it boils dow to is that you need to specifically crop your image to whatever size you intend to print. Do also remember to allow for any border you want, because that can change the aspect ratio. For example, a standard 3:2 full frame image will print borderless nicely on a 6x4 paper, but add a 1/4" border and the aspect ratio changes and messes up the nice even borders you thought you were getting.

I print at home and one benefit is I am not tied to particular paper sizes. I crop to sut the image, then mat and frame generally to the next or even next again standard frame size.


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