Print Sizing

Every once in a while I get asked what it means for an image to be cropped.  Why does it have to be cropped?  How much is cropped, etc?  Well, to keep it simple…a 4×6 print is what comes out of the camera–it is the full framed image.  In order to prevent any cropping from taking place you have to order sizes that are congruent to a 4×6 such as an 8×12 and 16×24.  The reason for cropping the image is primarily because it has been standard for so long.  Whether it be the machines, the paper size or the frames you purchase…that is just how it has been done.

So, when you are taking a picture you have to remind yourself, “Will I want this printed as an 8×10?”  If so, you need to make sure you leave extra room around your subject.  If you are a client of ours, you may have noticed extra room above a vertical image or on the sides of a horizontal image.  That is done with intention.  We want to make sure that the images you purchase are photographed in such a way that the subject is not lost when printed as an 8×10.  Now, if I see something that requires a tight crop…it’s ok.  An 8×12 or 16×24 works, as well.;)

Below are a few examples.  The first one is a 4×6 which required no cropping.  The 5×7 has a bit more than an inch cropped and the 8×10 crops off two inches.




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