Crop ratio?

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    • #43946
      Pam
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      I take lots of sports pics for the parents of my son and daughter’s sports teams. I typically will crop all the pictures to 4×6 … given that’s what I’ll typically print to show off (and I assume everyone does what I do!) I know it’s not always the best ratio for composition … but it’s better than extra large white borders along one edge or another.
      But …
      I realize that others might want to print 5×7, or possibly larger …
      What’s the “best” ratio to crop too?

    • #57418
      Tim McMurdo
      Participant

      Pam,

      I don’t think there is a magic crop ratio that is good for everything. The ratio that is perfect for you is the one that best fits how the image will be used. My camera natively creates images in 4×3 format but like you, I often find the need to print in 4×6. However, I needed a group of images to fit on an HD display and had to crop them all to 16×9.

      Look at the needs of your application & apply the appropriate crop.

      I use aperture for most of my processing and cropping. This is done non-destructively, allowing me to return and re-cropor re-adjust the images again and again.

      Tim

    • #79232
      Tim McMurdo
      Participant

      Pam,

      I don’t think there is a magic crop ratio that is good for everything. The ratio that is perfect for you is the one that best fits how the image will be used. My camera natively creates images in 4×3 format but like you, I often find the need to print in 4×6. However, I needed a group of images to fit on an HD display and had to crop them all to 16×9.

      Look at the needs of your application & apply the appropriate crop.

      I use aperture for most of my processing and cropping. This is done non-destructively, allowing me to return and re-cropor re-adjust the images again and again.

      Tim

    • #57419
      Pam
      Participant

      Aperture?

    • #79233
      Pam
      Participant

      Aperture?

    • #57420
      Tim McMurdo
      Participant

      Aperture is the Apple photo editing software. I only go to photoshop when the image requires the use of layers for extensive editing.

    • #79234
      Tim McMurdo
      Participant

      Aperture is the Apple photo editing software. I only go to photoshop when the image requires the use of layers for extensive editing.

    • #57421
      Pam
      Participant

      Ah … I have a PC. I use the internal Windows software for primary whittling down of a shoot … and cropping. Then I go to Photoshop Elements for color correction and noise reduction. Haven’t learned much yet about all the other cool stuff it can do! (just got it for Christmas)

    • #79235
      Pam
      Participant

      Ah … I have a PC. I use the internal Windows software for primary whittling down of a shoot … and cropping. Then I go to Photoshop Elements for color correction and noise reduction. Haven’t learned much yet about all the other cool stuff it can do! (just got it for Christmas)

    • #57422

      Why not switch to LightRoom? You will never look back!

    • #79236

      Why not switch to LightRoom? You will never look back!

    • #57423
      Pam
      Participant

      @admin, cash … I can only afford one thing at a time.

      That, and I tried a 30 day trial version and it was over my head!

    • #79237
      Pam
      Participant

      @admin, cash … I can only afford one thing at a time.

      That, and I tried a 30 day trial version and it was over my head!

    • #57424

      There is an open source alternative called BlueMarine but it doesn’t allow edits – it’s just a workflow application. Though I imagine it probably interfaces with GIMP.

      I love those open source guys!

    • #79238

      There is an open source alternative called BlueMarine but it doesn’t allow edits – it’s just a workflow application. Though I imagine it probably interfaces with GIMP.

      I love those open source guys!

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