We are so accustomed to the 5x7s, 8x10s, and 16x20s that I feel the need to visually show you why these options are no longer the go-to picks.
Without getting too techy on you (for all you none photogs) the simple reasoning is that the newer cameras take photos at a different size ratio than before. So what used to be an 8×10 is now an 8×12. When you choose the standard 8×10 you will lose some of the image due to cropping and I’m left with deciding which part.
Here’s some examples of sizes. (I didn’t go crazy trying to make everything proportionate as far as the comparison between sizes. I was more focused on where the cropping occurs, but I did my best in the time alloted) You may click on the image for a larger view.
If you’ve been struggling with printing off your own photos from your camera wondering why some are cropped different I hope this will help explain. Obviously most of this goes out the window when you’ve cropped the image in post production. When I shoot I tend to crop in camera avoiding the need to crop during post production. It all depends on the photographer. What if, for example, you already have the 8×10 frame but you don’t want a cropped image? I would suggest moving down to a 6×9 and buy a mat to fit the frame. Mats are pretty cheap, especially if you’ve got a Hobby Lobby coupon! If you have any questions or comments leave them below!