as i learned how to take photographs with my big camera (my nikon d300 dslr), i picked up a few useful tips, tricks and some basic knowledge about photography. and i would like to share what i’ve learned here on my blog. i’m going to start with some basics about aspect ratios + cropping.
the aspect ratio of an image is simply the width and the height of the photo that you camera takes. it is expressed as numbers with a colon in the middle – like the most common 4:3 and 3:2 aspect ratio.
most dslr cameras use an aspect ratio of 3:2. most iphones, smart phones and point + shoot cameras use a 4:3 aspect ratio. a 3:2 aspect ratio is the size of a 4×6 photo. a 4:3 aspect ratio is bigger than a 4×6 photo.
have you ever had a 4×6 photo printed and the top and bottom of the photo were cut off? that is most likely because your camera used a 4:3 aspect ratio.
i print my photos sized at 4×6 because that is the size of the pockets in my project life pages. sometimes i take photos with my iphone 5 which uses a 4:3 aspect ratio and i want to keep the whole photo – which wouldn’t be possible printing as a 4×6. so this is what i do…
this photo template is from the simply white collection – v2
so what can you do to make sure that your photos can be cropped to the exact size you want without losing any important parts of the photo? just step back when shooting. don’t get too close and try to leave a little extra space for cropping.
not sure what aspect ratio your camera uses? just google it.
please let me know if you have any other photography related questions that i might be able to answer in a future blog post.