Aspect Ratios

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  1. Trigger

    Trigger TPF Noob!

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    I can't understand why there isn't some level of standardization when it comes to aspect ratios. It seems that my camera settings don't correlate to print sizes and various screen sizes. Can someone complete this for me, or at least shed some light on this viper's nest of confusion:


    Print Size - Camera Setting - 800x Size


    2.5x2 = ? = 800x640

    3x5 = ? = 800x480

    4x6 = 3:2 = 800x533

    5x7 = ? = 800x572

    8x10 = ? = 800x640

    8x12 = 3:2 = 800x533

    11x14 = ? = 800x629

    16x20 = ? = 800x640

    ? = 16:9 = 800x451

    ? = 4:3 = 800x600


    PS: My Camera has 3:2, 4:3, and 16:9 as available settings.

    Thanks
     
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    Too complicated!
     
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    There are just too many influences for there to be a few standard sizes.

    2:3 is the ratio of 35mm film, which was the most widely used film for a long time. There are a few common ratios used in medium and large format photography.

    As for print sizes, I don't know the history or reasoning of 5x7, 8x10, 11x14 etc.'

    But, it is what it is. It's extremely easy to crop digital images to fit your intended final ratio. Sometimes you just have to keep that in mind when shooting, so that yo leave room for cropping.
     
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    5x7, methinks, is with headshots in mind. It works nicely to cut-off some of the empty space above a person's head.
     
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    What kind of camera is that, Olympus?

    There are other camera formats beside 35 mm out there. Consider large and medium camera formats. Then add in the motion picture formats and the it's easy to decern how the zoo got populated.
     
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    Thanks KmH. Are you saying that higher-end cameras have these 5:3 / 7:5 / 5:4 / 14:11 aspect ratio settings?
     
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    It's a possibility but I think that it was introduced when bordered prints were de-rigeur and 7x5 with a 1/4 inch boarder come out a 6.5*4.5 which is as near as damnit to 1:1.5 as makes no odds to a mass photo finisher.
     
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    The really wonderful thing about standards is that there are so many to choose from!
     
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    No, that's not what I'm saying.

    Higher end cameras don't have aspect ratio settings. Photographers just crop the image to the desired aspect ratio in image editing software. As mentioned by Mike, the photographer has to allow for that when framing each image.

    Notice that the majority of DSLRs capture images in a size very close to the 3:2 aspect ratio because that is the approximate dimensions of 135 film 36x24 mm (aka 35mm film). That would cover print sizes of 2x3, 4x6, 6x9, 8x12, 10x15, 12x18, 16x24, 20x30, 24x36.

    To get the in between sizes the image has to be crop to the desired aspect ratio in image editing software.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Actually, it's usually only mid/lower end digital cameras that give you the option to choose the ratio. High end cameras shoot at their maximum size/ratio and leave it up to you to do the cropping later.
     
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    Thanks. Yes, I knew that the 3:2 was the old standard for 35mm. So, I'm still wondering why print sizes haven't evolved to correlate with the 3:2 size?

    :confused:
     

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