View Poll Results: Do you crop a picture to standard aspect ratio?

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    while cropping for better aesthetics or composition, do you still conform to standard aspect ratios like 3:2 or 16:9? or just crop to make it look good? normally i'll choose the former because i need to print them out. if for web view, i'll do the latter instead..

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    if you make prints, you need to stick to aspect ratio.

    if you post many photos in web, you need to stick to aspect ratio for consistency in layout.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tester99 View Post
    while cropping for better aesthetics or composition, do you still conform to standard aspect ratios like 3:2 or 16:9? or just crop to make it look good? normally i'll choose the former because i need to print them out. if for web view, i'll do the latter instead..
    always,

    unless no choice, the photo doesn't look good with these standard ratios

    i know a lot of people who just conform to their native ratio though, i do not get it.

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    I crop to the standards... Unless I have a specific reason to do otherwise... A square crop, for instance.

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    I'll will almost always do a 4:3 It's like I have an OCD.

    Personal note: Learn to appreciate a square crop!

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    why square crop? the application i have for squares are only forum/msn avatars.. haha.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tester99 View Post
    why square crop? the application i have for squares are only forum/msn avatars.. haha.
    Ohh just a new perspective for me coz I realised I'm rather inflexible w rgds to cropping.

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    Hi Guys, a newb question here. Whats a decent software to use for cropping and what makes u decide which ration to use for printing, lets say 3R or 8R?
    Please pardon my lack of knowledge on this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by justin79 View Post
    Hi Guys, a newb question here. Whats a decent software to use for cropping and what makes u decide which ration to use for printing, lets say 3R or 8R?
    Please pardon my lack of knowledge on this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lazyeyedpsycho View Post
    Ohh just a new perspective for me coz I realised I'm rather inflexible w rgds to cropping.
    okay.. noted. good for u !

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    Quote Originally Posted by catchlights View Post
    Thanks. very simple and good to use software. and best of all its free

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    I always stick to 3:2 aspect ratio.
    I do not want my clients to get a shock when they send the photos for printing (usually 4R)

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    depends on album framing with other pics, 1:1 or 16:9... i never use the 4:3 though.

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    Read this from National Geographic web mentioning about aspect ration...

    Q: Are you shooting in 3:2 or 4:3 aspect ratio? What are you seeing as the norm, and more importantly, which is considered to be more appealing to the eye?

    A: I use both aspect ratios; 4:3 in the studio using a Hasselblad, and 3:2 in the field using a Canon. I don't think there is any hard-and-fast rule about which aspect ratio is the right one. You can always drop it to match your needs. For some applications, like landscapes, you might want to shoot a more horizontal format like 3:2. For portraits I might choose 4:3 or maybe even a 1:1 square. To shoot a square, I use a 3:2 or 4:3 camera and pre-visualize the subject in the viewfinder as a square. I mentally crop the photo as I'm taking it. Then later I can easily crop the photo in image-editing software like Photoshop.

    For the subjects and needs of my shooting, I don't pay much attention to the aspect ratio. I'm more concerned with getting the image that tells the story.

    Above is the opinion of NG's photographer, Mark Thiessen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tester99 View Post
    why square crop? the application i have for squares are only forum/msn avatars.. haha.
    Hasselblad shoots 120 film in 6x6 size which is a square crop.

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    Used to, but I've been going for paranomic look for my photos lately...

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    Quote Originally Posted by kisim View Post
    I always stick to 3:2 aspect ratio.
    I do not want my clients to get a shock when they send the photos for printing (usually 4R)
    sorry a noob question here.
    when you crop the photo to a 3:2 ratio and add in border.
    will the print out comes with the border?

    seldom print for the photos that i have.

    but the last time round for the prints i send in with borders. they didnt come out correct..
    this is due to the shop or the photos coz i didnt corp all to a standard size.

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    Is there any feature in any software that helps to crop images according to standard aspect ratios? I am doing it via manual calculations now, a bit tedious.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tianz16 View Post
    sorry a noob question here.
    when you crop the photo to a 3:2 ratio and add in border.
    will the print out comes with the border?

    seldom print for the photos that i have.

    but the last time round for the prints i send in with borders. they didnt come out correct..
    this is due to the shop or the photos coz i didnt corp all to a standard size.
    if you crop the photos into 3:2, you need to print it into a 2:3 ratio paper size, like 4R, S8R etc, so the image will not to partial crop, or show white areas.

    self adding borders can be very tricky, if you add white border, make sure you ask the lab not to do color or density correct on your photos, else you will have white borders, gray borders, pinkish borders, blueish borders etc etc...

    and since the paper roll maybe not perfectly align, or having FILL IN instead of FIT IN, the borders maybe lopsided or different thickness in four sides.

    best way to do it is to make very think borders, like 1cm thick, and also ran a series of test, till you adjust the size borders look exactly what you want on the print out.

    you also need to know that these images only good on one paper size, if you need to print in other size or ratio, you have to start all over again.
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