From time to time I send digital soft copies of my photos (Canon Digital IXUS 80IS) to the photo studio (Kodak Express) to get them developed into hard copies. However there is one major problem which lies in the cropping off of the edges (or borders) of every photo, esp. if there is someone's face near the edge of the photo, then some features get cropped off However if I'd take a more zoomed-out shot of the subject, then the surrounding scenery gets cropped, and the subject appears more zoomed-in than what is taken on my camera (but at least the subject remains intact).
I spoke with the photo studio staff and they said sth like "what you see on your camera is slightly different the photos after they're developed"...and the staff will, to develop your photos, zoom in to ensure that your photos look presentable after cropping, and that no one's features get cut off. But the inevitable question is, why are the photos still getting cropped somehow, i.e. why can't I get a 100% duplicate of what I took on the camera...it's always top side get cut off, left side, right side and so forth; somehow something gets cropped
I do not edit my photos using any photo-editing software; all my photos are taken as it is. My camera is an 8.0 mega pixels camera, and all my photos are taken at 8M 3264x2448 dimensions (i.e. to fully ultilised the 8.0 mega pixel feature, though photos can still be taken at lower mega pixels on this camera).
Doing a qualitative side-by-side comparison with the developed photos from the studio and the soft copy ones, I noted the dimensions for the photo studio ones are at most ~~ 3264x2196 (an approximate, using a photo-editing software to measure the pixel dimensions). But recall that all my photos are taken in 3264x2448, thus does this explains the cropping issue? But why is this so? Is it because of the limitations of the studio printing equipment that there must be a mandatory margin surrounding each photo? Or is there a "fixed box of max 3264x2196" which the staff can position around your photos (think Facebook where you have a white box of limited dimensions to position and then crop your profile pic)?
Doesn't make much sense...may somebody enlighten me with a possible workaround to this problem? I can't be taking all my shots with an "imaginary boundary" at the back of my head such that after being developed, no important features get cropped. Or should I go lower mega pixels, for e.g. 5M 2592x1944 which is within 3264x2196 at the expense of sharpness? Or find another photo studio?
Thank you for your assistance!