Written by Super User.
Aspect Ratio or why do I lose some of my image
When shooting, you’ll most likely need to crop the image to fit your final print project. It’s always best to know what final dimensions are needed before shooting.
The aspect ratio is expressed as two numbers separated by a colon (x:y). They represent the relation between width and height.
The aspect ratio of a digital SLR is usually 3:2. Your camera may have one of these ratios, 5:4, 4:3, 16:9 or you may be able to vary it.
A 3:2 image will print a full frame 4×6 print with little to no cropping. Most point and shoot cameras + smart phones are set in the 4:3 ratio, best for 3×4, 6×8 and 12×9 prints.
Avoid Unexpected Cropping:
- Shoot wide
- Adjust your images in a photo editing program prior to printing
- Our desktop ordering software will crop your image for you.
You need to constrain ratios or proportions when resizing
- Shoot wide to give yourself more wiggle room for possible cropping
- Don’t stretch or squish images to fill space for print
- Let our software do the work. Our ordering software will crop and resize your images.