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"Best Fit" and Photo Cropping

June 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

"Best Fit" and Print Cropping

You may have noticed when buying prints online that occasionally it asks you how you want your print cropped. On my website, you may also see an option to look at the "Best Fit" prints which sometimes are listed separately from other sizes.

When photos are taken with DSLR cameras (the big, interchangeable lens cameras that professionals and advanced amateur photographers use), they size of the image is at a 2:3 ratio. This means that unless the photo is cropped, it will always be some combination of 2x3 to keep the proportions "right". For example, 2x3, 4x6, 8x12, 12x18 and so on. These print sizes are considered "Best Fit" because they will print the same way they were taken in the camera, and no part of the edges will be lost.

Sometimes we may build in a little buffer when taking and editing our photographs so it can be cropped to more "universal" sizes like 5x7 and 8x10, but artistically it doesn't always work. In the end, it's really up to you to decide which way you would rather see your photos -- but now you know, if you don't like the way it will crop down to get an 8x10, switch to an 8x12. Frames are slightly harder to find, but it creates a more pleasing piece of photography and art for your home.

Check out the picture below to see a visual example of what cropping can do to your photography. Notice the differences? Does it ruin the image at times or do you not think it's a big deal? To each their own , but now you're educated!


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