The 411 On Picture Size l San Antonio Photographer

Ever wonder why a picture looks different once you order it in a certain size? Well, here is a little information to explain what happens to an image when it is sized. Pictures come out of the camera at 4:3 ratio which is like a standard 4×6. The image will only look like the 4×6 in certain sizes such as an 8×12, 12×18, 16×24 or 20×30. Mathematically, the 8×12 is double the size of the 4×6…the 12×18 is triple the size of the 4×6…and so on. Make sense? Didn’t know you’d be doing math today, did you? 🙂 Depending on the size you order, cropping is a must…there is no way around it. Keep in mind, not every picture looks good in every size so be flexible when it comes time to order. Also, don’t be afraid to order a non-standard size picture. Shops like Hobby Lobby and Michaels carry frames in all sorts of size these days and don’t cost much more than a standard size frame. FYI-the proofs you see in your gallery are 5×7’s. I crop to this size to expedite the ordering process, since it is a standard size most people want to own.  I hope this little tutorial helped! Here are some examples to further illustrate picture sizes…

by Melissa Lloyd

  • This is great info for your clients to see! And is a great reminder for us photographers not to frame so tightly in-camera. 🙂ReplyCancel

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