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Angie M. Nemanic


I bought a Nikon D70s and have been really liking it. I recently took photos of a baby and had resizing issues. Try to imagine this photo (I didn't want to upload because I didn't have permission) the father held his arms out from the front of his body and the baby was placed in his arms and just laid there. I took the photo horizontally and it looked really nice. When I went in to photoshop to size it to an 8x10 and a 4x5 I could never get a full image. Either I would have to cut off the head or the feet. I did resize it to an 11x14 which was fine.

My question is when I take picture with my camera why I have trouble making the photo different sizes. I have to reread my manual to see if I'm missing something, but I really don't understand why I couldn't change the size.

I needed to get proofs done of the photos to give to the client, so I created a resampled version as a 4x5 for a proof so they could at least look at the image.

Any help with resizing images in a nutshell. I'm new to digital, and all I see above me is a mountain of a learning cureve.


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4/6/2006 5:17:37 PM

Larry Lawhead
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/15/2002
  Sounds like you're having issues with aspect ratio. The D70 (at fine) gives you an image that's 3000x2000 pixels. That's a 1.5:1 ratio, perfect for a 4x6 print. Not perfect if you want to make a 5" square preint.

An 8x10 is 1.25:1 aspect ratio, much closer to square. SO, when you shoot with your D70, and know that if you want an 8x10 print, you need to mentally compose your picture with extra space on the sides, so you can crop it to the 8x10 size. Does that make sense??

Print Aspect Ratio
4x6 1.5 to 1
5x7 1.4 to 1
8x10 1.25 to 1
11x14 1.27 to 1
20 by 30 1.5 to 1

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4/6/2006 5:48:01 PM

Brenda M. Wolfensberger
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/29/2004
  Thanks Larry for that info. I sometimes have difficulty remembering to allow that space when shooting too.

I'm going to jot those numbers down for future reference.


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4/6/2006 6:26:24 PM

Angie M. Nemanic   Wow!! Thanks for the info. I thought that may be it. I typically compose my photos the way I want them to appear, but now I'll have to give myself extra room.

Thanks SO Much!!


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4/6/2006 8:20:22 PM

John G. Clifford Jr
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  Why limit yourself to an 8x10 format if you've captured a good composition?

Why not offer an 8x12? Or a 7x10?

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4/7/2006 9:58:10 AM

Larry Lawhead
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/15/2002
  Oh, I agree with you completely, John. But it is useful to be aware of the aspect ratios associated with the "standard" sizes. Especially if you plan to use commercial printing and framing services.

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4/7/2006 11:23:51 AM

John C. Schwentner
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/24/2004
  I agree with leaving the room in the viewfinder. Filling it totally up will cut off some of your prints. Im not a number cruncher, but I just practiced and know that not filling the viewfinder completely works fine since the big slrs at 8 mp and more allow you to crop away later with no loss.

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4/7/2006 7:11:04 PM

BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/6/2004
  "Why not offer an 8x12? Or a 7x10?"

Absoluteley consider that!!! If you ever get into cutting your own mattes you can do a lot of creative things and get away from the standard run-of-the mill sizes.

But I agree that standard sizes do make things alot easier.

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4/7/2006 7:27:42 PM

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