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As i have only had my camera for just under 1 year i am new to the printing aspect of photography.

This spring i have friends and relatives who want me to photograph there families.
My questions are concerning the aspect ratio of the pictures that i take vs having them printed.

I see that standard packages use 4x6, 5x7 and 8x10.

Q1: I should be able to get by just fine with the 4x6 and 5x7, but what do i do with the 8x10 horizontal shots?
I tried printing some of my horizontal pictures at 8x10 but i had to either really crop the picture or turn the picture into letter box leaving a big black or white space at the top and bottom of the picture. I think vertical shots should be fine here.

Is there something that i am missing here, or is this the nature of the beast?

Q2: What size documents to i take in to have printed?
Do i have to run the pictures through PS and shrink them down into the proper size (sizes posted above), or do i just touch up the image, leaving the original size and take it in for printing and crop there?

Any other helpful advice would be appreciated.
post #2 of 13
You'll have to crop 8x10 in whatever orientation you're shooting. If you don't like losing so much on an 8x10 crop, frame loose or shoot 6x4.5 or 6x7 medium format.
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Is there something that i am missing here, or is this the nature of the beast? Yes
Q2: What size documents to i take in to have printed? Depends on how skilled you are with your editing software and how skilled the "cropper" is at the store.

Do i have to run the pictures through PS and shrink them down into the proper size (sizes posted above), or do i just touch up the image, leaving the original size and take it in for printing and crop there? I prefer to do all the editing, including cropping at home where I the time to do the best job.
Any other helpful advice would be appreciated.

As for cropping 8X10's, if you know that will be the ultimate ratio, you have to keep that in mind when shooting the original.
If it's a later deciasion then just do the best you can.
Edited by billbartuska - 2/2/12 at 1:57pm
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You'll have to crop 8x10 in whatever orientation you're shooting. If you don't like losing so much on an 8x10 crop, frame loose or shoot 6x4.5 or 6x7 medium format.

Thanks guys.

What do you mean by "shoot 6x4.5 or 6x7 medium format"?
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he means shoot film 6x4.5 or 6x7 format so the ratio is closer to the print so you do not need to crop as much.
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he means shoot film 6x4.5 or 6x7 format so the ratio is closer to the print so you do not need to crop as much.

Thanks, that is what i was guessing when i thought about it. I will have to check to see if my camera has such a setting.
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I wish my 5DII had a 6x7 setting. frown.gif
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i highly doubt your camera will have those settings. at most it would be 16:9 or 4:3.
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Thanks, that is what i was guessing when i thought about it. I will have to check to see if my camera has such a setting.
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I wish my 5DII had a 6x7 setting. frown.gif

Lol.

6x7 is the negative size -- to put it in perspective, your Rebel's sensor measures 22x14mm, while a 6x7 negative is roughly 58x72mm -- that's more than four times the area of your DSLR. The enlargement capabilities of medium format are astounding compared to crop-sensor digital cameras -- and since the aspect ratio of 6x7 negatives is very close to common printing paper sizes, you lose minimal frame area when cropping for print.
Edited by sub50hz - 2/6/12 at 3:37pm
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You could print 8X12's without cropping. Frames are available for that size (check Amazon). Some labs will print those sizes (Cord Camera comes to mind) or if you're printing yourself, you should be able to print that size on most printers. Your best option if printing yourself is to buy 13x19 photo paper and cut two 8x12 pieces out of it. Otherwise, there is no way around cropping 8x10's.
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