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Kristie M. Conte

Photo Size

I have my digital camera set to jpg fine (small), but when I print out the photos to 4x6, some photos are larger than others (sometime resulting in cropped heads). They look fine on the computer screen.

Can someone tell me why this happens and if there's a setting in the camera that will allow for all photos set the same way to be the same size?

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9/26/2005 11:48:59 AM

Michael H. Cothran   You probably have a "four thirds" proportional camera, meaning that the side proportions of your image do not match that of the 4x6 proportion.
In direct comparison, a four thirds camera yields an image with a 3:4 proportion, while a 4x6 image requires a 3:4.5 proportion. The two don't match, meaning that something has to be cropped out when going with a 4x6 print.
Michael H. Cothran

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9/26/2005 12:28:05 PM

Kristie M. Conte   Thanks Michael.

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9/26/2005 1:37:29 PM

Kerry L. Walker   She's shooting with a D70 so that's not it. Are you sure your editing program is set to print in 4x6. Sorry but I'm not a digital guy so I don't have a lot of knowledge on the programs but it seems like the problem is there, not in the camera.

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9/26/2005 1:54:12 PM

Kristie M. Conte   Thanks Kerry for responding. Actually, I think Michael is on to something here. The D70 has a 3:2 aspect ratio. I've been doing a bit of research online and found this article that explains my problem exactly. But you're right...I'm shooting with a D70 so I think my problem has something to do with aspect ratio.

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9/26/2005 2:01:12 PM

Kerry L. Walker   Well, being an old coot film guy who shoots either 35mm, which does have a 2:3 ratio or a 645 which doesn't match anything else, I should know better than to stick my nose in digital business. LOL Glad you found what you were looking for. Just don't see how that was happening unless you were cropping the photos. That can mess up the aspect ratio unless done very carefully.

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9/26/2005 2:07:01 PM

Kelly R. Theobald   Kristie,

I've had the same problem. I shoot with a D70 also and have had the problem of not being able to get the right size print without cutting something off or having the white borders. I've been told that you have to allow for some space around your subject when shooting in order to be able to get the print size you want. I haven't tried cropping in photoshop yet with it. If you find out more or if there's something you can do with the D70 let me know. The website was helpful. Thanks.

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9/26/2005 7:12:26 PM

Michael H. Cothran   Kristie,
I believe Kerry and you are both correct in this issue. I don't know this for a fact, but I do believe your D70 has an image ratio of 2:3 (or 3:2 as you state) which is EXACTLY the ratio needed for 4x6 prints with no cropping. IF the D70 does, indeed, have a 2:3 image ratio, that would make my hypothesis (four thirds image size) incorrect.
Michael H. Cothran

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9/27/2005 5:25:29 AM

Kristie M. Conte   Michael,

You're right. The D70 has an image ratio of 3:2 but I'm still having to crop some photos. I shot a wedding the other day and made sure to allow for some extra space for cropping. Sometime, I really miss shooting film instead of digital!

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9/27/2005 6:24:26 AM

Kerry L. Walker   I think we may be onto something here. If you are cropping, you need to make sure maintain the same ratio in your cropped photos. If you take 2mm off the short side you will need to take 3mm off the long side to maintain the same aspect ratio. When you were shooting film the lab was doing the same thing on a cropped photo.

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9/27/2005 6:32:20 AM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
You should also change your camera setting to jpeg fine large. The small jpeg setting is not using the full resolution capability of your camera. If you decide to print any of your pictures larger than 4x6, you may be disappointed with the results.

There's no reason to limit yourself. Memory cards are cheap.


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9/27/2005 7:22:28 AM

Kristie M. Conte   Thanks Kerry and Chris.

I will take these things into consideration. I appreciate everyone's feedback.

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9/27/2005 9:03:20 AM

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