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Mar 21, 2013 07:59 |  #1

Hi guys
After some advice really
I arrived at a shoot at a clients home and the space was really tight. I couldn't get my large basket prop with baby on in my 50mm frame. So i quickly swapped to my 18-55mm and shot at 30mm.
When it comes to re size and print it doesn't go with a standard 10x8" photo.
How do you guys go about a situation like this to make the photos print friendly for client's?
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Mar 21, 2013 08:27 |  #2

Crop. I usually shoot a little loose to leave room to crop to 8x10".


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Mar 21, 2013 08:55 |  #3

By cropping down it will cut some of the photo off. The space was pretty tight and I couldn't shoot with spare area


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Mar 21, 2013 08:56 |  #4

One solution would be to add a border on the two opposing sides (top/botom) to make it the right proportions. Not as pretty, but a better solution than cutting out wanted/needed portions of the picture itself.


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Mar 21, 2013 11:25 |  #5

Printing at 8x10 will always require cropping as it doesn't match the ratio from the camera, irrespective of which lens you used. The only advantage of using a wider lens would have been for you to include space in the picture that you didn't mind cropping out later.

If you have been forced to shoot quite tight due to lack of space, and don't have sufficient 'excess' for cropping, your only solution will be to add a border as suggested by abacus.


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Mar 21, 2013 11:43 as a reply to  @ Sorarse's post |  #6

Yup gotta crop, or get creative with your boarder.




  
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Mar 21, 2013 15:16 |  #7

Thanks everyone. I'll see what I can do with borders and add that to the top/bottom :-)


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Mar 21, 2013 15:20 |  #8

DanniL wrote in post #15740454 (external link)
Thanks everyone. I'll see what I can do with borders and add that to the top/bottom :-)

Depending on background you may be able to use the content aware fill in PS and extend the background some.




  
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Mar 21, 2013 15:37 |  #9

I do try and give a studio feel where possibly if an indoors shoot so normally have a plain wall behind so that would certainly be something also. Thanks!!

What I don't want to happen is have this type of situation again in the future, shoot at 30mm and as I only give digital copies giving the images on a disc and then they aren't able to print for a frame.
On the other hand if I put a border round and they need to print and frame with the border will that give an element of unprofessional??!!

Im worried as Im starting out really and don't want to start off the wrong way, and word of mouth and recommendations is everything. .....

Thanks for the advice :-)


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Mar 21, 2013 15:42 |  #10

DanniL wrote in post #15740534 (external link)
I do try and give a studio feel where possibly if an indoors shoot so normally have a plain wall behind so that would certainly be something also. Thanks!!

What I don't want to happen is have this type of situation again in the future, shoot at 30mm and as I only give digital copies giving the images on a disc and then they aren't able to print for a frame.
On the other hand if I put a border round and they need to print and frame with the border will that give an element of unprofessional??!!

Im worried as Im starting out really and don't want to start off the wrong way, and word of mouth and recommendations is everything. .....

Thanks for the advice :-)

You really need to spend a bit of time with the crop tool in photoshop/lightroom to understand the differences between the standard 2x3 output and the intended printing sizes. You have to understand when you shoot how the image can be cropped afterward, and how you might be limited. Since you are delivering digital files you need to make sure you shoot so that the images can be cropped to standard print sizes.




  
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Mar 21, 2013 15:44 |  #11

DanniL wrote in post #15740534 (external link)
I do try and give a studio feel where possibly if an indoors shoot so normally have a plain wall behind so that would certainly be something also. Thanks!!

What I don't want to happen is have this type of situation again in the future, shoot at 30mm and as I only give digital copies giving the images on a disc and then they aren't able to print for a frame.
On the other hand if I put a border round and they need to print and frame with the border will that give an element of unprofessional??!!

Im worried as Im starting out really and don't want to start off the wrong way, and word of mouth and recommendations is everything. .....

Thanks for the advice :-)

It does not matter that you shot at 30mm, the image ratio is ALWAYS the same coming out of your camera, it does not change with the lens. A 8x10 is a different crop then a 4x6 and those are different then a 5x7. So if you are only giving images on a disk, just give them the native ratio and let them decide what to do. They may decide to print at an odd size and custom matt it in a frame ... you never know. Always shoot loose and leave room to crop.




  
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Mar 21, 2013 15:49 |  #12

Littlejon Dsgn wrote in post #15740472 (external link)
Depending on background you may be able to use the content aware fill in PS and extend the background some.

This would be my suggestion. Content aware scale can help here as well. Sometimes a little more effectively than fill, sometimes not as effective.

It's always better to leave wiggle room, but sometimes you end up with an image that just doesn't crop right.


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Mar 21, 2013 15:50 |  #13

Mavgirl wrote in post #15740573 (external link)
This would be my suggestion. Content aware scale can help here as well. Sometimes a little more effectively than fill, sometimes not as effective.

I was not aware of the scale option ... something new to learn :)




  
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Mar 21, 2013 15:53 as a reply to  @ Littlejon Dsgn's post |  #14

mpix prints 8 x 12
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Mar 21, 2013 16:04 |  #15

CMJrFan8 wrote in post #15740596 (external link)
mpix prints 8 x 12
FYI

http://www.mpix.com/pr​oducts/prints/ (external link)

Costco does as well, my local store does a darn good job too

(OP 8x12 is native ratio no cropping needed)




  
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