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Tom R. Fleeman

member since: 4/26/2010
 

aspect ratio


I need help with aspect ratio. I don't have a good grasp of this. I shoot a Nikon D7000 crop sensor. What sizes should I be offering to sale. I know some 8 x 10s are cropped bad. They don't fit the 8 x 10 frames at all. Is there somewhere I can look that would tell me what sizes I should offer that would fit what size frames? Thanks for any help.

Tom

8/12/2012 6:35:07 AM

 
Kay Beausoleil
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  Tom, there's a long discussion (read through -- lots of stuff near the end) on this thread which I found through Google:
http://www.photographytalk.com/forum/freelance-photography/44800-aspect-ratio-vs-standard-matframe-sizes

Hope you get some answers there ...

8/12/2012 10:31:02 AM

 
Christopher J. Budny
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  Hi Tom; is your out-of-the-camera image in the ratio of 2x3? (ie, my untouched Canon files are 5,184 x 3,456 pixels, which is 2x3 ratio.) Without cropping, that image can be enlarged to any other 2x3 ratio size, such as 4x6, 8x12, 24x36, etc. Some 2x3 ratios are common in frame/mat shops, so you don't have to go custom all the time on frame or mat purchases. Of course, you can crop to any other ratio you like, from square to other rectangles. But you need to be thinking about those possible crops at the time you compose the image in the camera--so that you build in enough "throw away" space to support your crop later, without cutting into the main subject.
Ready-made frames and mats come in so many sizes and ratios now, you should be able to accommodate quite a lot of variety---provided you're composing with enough breathing room to make those crops, later!

8/12/2012 7:15:07 PM

 

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