Aspect Ratios and cropping

  • 1 April 2021
  • 2 replies


I use a full frame camera with a 2:3 ratio, but I'm always disappointed to see that prints always need to be cropped. Is this something everyone deals with? Is there any way to ensure that my images will not have to be cropped? 

I understand how to adjust the cropping of an image during the approval process before going to the lab. How to do this is not what I'm seeking answers to. Outside of what I'm doing, how can I ensure that I get all of what is in my images on the print? I'm having trouble wrapping my head around this especially considering that different clients will want different sizes of  the same and different prints 😯!

Thanks y'all,


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Hi @Penney,

The standard ratios for photography tend to be 4:3 and 3:2. Your full-frame 3:2 ratio is very common, it really just comes down to how your composing your shot in camera. Print sizes don’t follow a specific ratio, they all have their own ratio: 4x6’s are 3:2 where as an 8x10 photo is 5:4 and a 5x7 is 3.5:2.5 ratio. The only real way to combat the different sizes are to compose your images with enough room that you can successfully crop your images without cutting off your subjects. Some cameras allow you to adjust your crop in-camera so you can shoot your images at the crop you want, although I prefer to shoot at my maximum crop and handle it in post-processing. 


Hope that helps clear some things up.



Thanks for this nice explanation and solution, Matt. I'll take your advice and work on composing my images to allow for cropping of prints of any size.


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