In the previous article, we discussed applying a cinematically inspired aspect ratio to your crop. I promised to bring the same image back and show you a series of images cropped to meet a variety of paper sizes.
For review, the original camera framing is represented below. It is a 3:2 aspect ratio as this was a DSLR capture. It also happens to match one of our standard print sizes. If you remember from the Cinematic Crop article, we kept the lower left anchor point for the image in each case. This means there was no accounting for aesthetic tweaking. Each image as it is cropped is losing material only from the top and/or the right side.
Original Capture & 4×6 Print
4×5, 8×10 & 16×20 Print
5×7 (and Wallet Size) Print
These tend to be the common sizes printed at most labs and the sizes for which you can find ready-cut mattes and frames. That is why they were chosen.
The shape varies widely across the spectrum of print sizes. While the Cropist advocates always finding the strongest version of your image, your buying public is concerned about finding framing and matting. In a future article, we will talk about ways to tweak your image to make it fit into the nearest available print size. We will also discuss when to stick to your composition and only print for custom framing.
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