Almost everyone has a digital camera now. But how many times do you take tons of pictures, upload them to your computer, and never order any prints? ::raises hand:: I do that to my own family plenty! And when you do finally print them out, what’s your go-to size? 4×6, right? A majority of the time: me too!
Most digital cameras have a 3:2 sensor. So what does that mean? Basically, you can print any picture SOOC (straight out of camera) as a 4×6 without losing any of the image. What you see is what you get! However, this can create problems when you’re cruising through your images after a session trying to decide what prints to order…and here’s where all that school math we swore wasn’t real-world applicable comes in.
A 3:2 aspect ratio does NOT equal 5×7 or 8×10. If you want the entire image, the image size must be in multiples of 3:2. Don’t worry, I’ll do the math for you: 4×6, 8×12, 12×18, 16×24, etc. As you can see, an 8×12 print has the same ratio as the 3:2 sensor, which means if you want an 8×10, the image will be cropped two inches from the long side. The 5×7 will also have some cropping, but not to the same degree.
Now I’m a visual person, so I thought I’d make an example up for you to see exactly how an image is cropped.
You’ll notice that there’s really negligible difference between an 8×10 and an 11×14…the cropping is practically the same.
Whenever I display images in the gallery for clients to view, I display them in the original 3:2 aspect ratio. Please keep this in mind when you look over your images and prepare your order so you can be sure that you’re ordering exactly what you want. And, as always, if you ever have any questions when creating your order, feel free to contact me!
Don’t have a gallery with me? This information can still be useful for you, too! Chances are, your digital camera has a 3:2 aspect ratio on it, too. So if you’re planning on taking any vacay or birthday images that you may want to enlarge later, remember to give yourself a little space around the edges so you don’t cut anything off – this is especially true of horizontal images with a large group of people. Placing people from edge to edge guarantees that someone is going to get the heave-ho in an 8×10. Just sayin’…unless you don’t like good ol’ Uncle Fred, and then I guess it’s not a huge loss, huh?
Hope this helps!