davesrose wrote in post #18711192
There really isn't one "standard" size. Being involved with several disciplines in art, I'm used to recomposing my photos for different print aspects and screen aspects.
AS_Photo wrote in post #18711201
36x7 wouldn't be standard. 2x192 wouldn't be either. Yes there are standard print sizes, which typically align to what you are shooting. They are commonly offered as prints by most major print shops. They are commonly available in pre-cut matboard. Sure you can do whatever custom size you want - but that doesn't mean that there isn't magically no standard sizes.
If I'm shooting people, I'll allow for the shot to work as either 8x10 or 8x12. But I don't really do portrait work anymore except for my kids. I do landscape pretty much exclusively. My camera takes photos in 3:2 aspect ratio and I compose them as such. So I'm not going to take one of those and print it as a 16x20 as it will lose part of the shot. It needs to be 16x24 unless I specifically took the shot to allow for 16x20 which I don't really do. But I don't take multiple compositions of the same shot for the most part. I shoot it how I want it to be, and at that point it will be printed at that size.
davesrose wrote in post #18711204
Well I'm doing headshots at work. I do try to compose most images at a 8x10 ratio, but then I need to make a separate 7x4.25 for a particular application. You'll also have clients that want photos from 4:3 to 16:19, to other ratios for screen applications (web banners can get really long). No, I've never seen one standard ratio.
Here's the thing, if you are only producing work for your own pleasure, then you have nothing but yourself stopping you from only printing in 3:2, or the camera's native, aspect ratio. When you have to produce images for others, then you have to be prepared to produce your images in multiple aspect ratios, based on the users needs. Personally the lab I use has it's best pricing on images up to 12" wide. A3, 12×16, and 12×18 are all pretty damn close in price. I chose to make my prints in 12×16, since the 4:3 ratio at that size offers the best deals for really cheap frames. For those sized prints I can get a glazed 16×20 frame with mount for under £10, and I like the look of the even 2" mat best too. It is though annoying that here in the UK you cannot get a poly pocket to hold a 12" wide print. Although A3 is a larger area than 12×16, the more rectangular 1:Sqrt(2) ratio is enough narrower that the available A3 items are too small. Needing an A2 sized album for 12×16 is a bit of a PITA.