Photo Cropping How’s and Why’s

WHY ARE MY PHOTOS CROPPED?

If you own a digital camera, the answer is simple. Some digital cameras use a 4:3 or 3:2 aspect ratio, where as print shops may offer sizes that do not always match that those ratios.

PREPARE FOR CROPPED PHOTOS

Some of us actually prefer standard sized prints, but grow tired of losing the tops or bottoms of our photographs to cropping. Believe it or not, that’s an easy fix! Focus on keeping the subject matter as centered as possible (while still taking advantage of the rule of thirds). As long as your subjects are not on the edges of your camera frame, they should remain part of the print even after your print is cropped.

HOW CAN I AVOID CROPPED PHOTOS?

It’s true. If you really want to avoid the crop thing altogether, you may need to order a custom size print if the print shop you are using is not able to print the size you want. But (aside from the cost of custom framing) finding a place that offers custom print sizes is an excellent alternative. Fortunately at FinerWorks we do offer either custom size prints or a wide range of kodak print sizes.

If you have access to image editing applications, you may want to crop your own images before sending them off for print. Based upon the illustration above, we see that a 4:3 digital photo can be cropped two different ways and printed to any number of sizes. The areas outlined in red indicate which parts of our photograph are being removed to fit standard size print dimensions.

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A CROPPED PHOTO AND A RESIZED PHOTO?

A cropped photo is a resized photo. And a resized photo can also be an enlarged photo. Resizing a photo simply means to change the size of a photograph, whereas cropping refers to the removal of a part or parts of a photograph.

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