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03/09/2013 06:54:28 PM · #1
I now shoot with an Olympus camera which has a ratio of 4:3 (my previous Canon was 2:3)

I have recently shot two weddings and will be giving them a disc of the images.

As I don't know what image size they will be printing at (5x7, 6x4, 8x10, 8x12 etc) what ratio should I crop them at to save to disc?
Not sure what to do here.

Thanks

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03/09/2013 07:15:59 PM · #2
If giving them printable images, I'd make up some Photoshop Actions (or scripts for whatever editor you use) to batch-process the images, re-sizing as necessary, perhaps re-sharpening, and adding a white border to fit the next-largest paper size. The three sizes you list will also cover 4x5, 4x6, 6x9, 12x18, 16x20, and 20x24; if they want an 11x14 too bad ...
03/09/2013 07:48:29 PM · #3
If I just wanted to put one image on the disc, which ratio would be best to use to cover most print sizes.
Should I just leave it at the current ratio and use a loose crop so that other aspects will be covered.
They can then print whatever size they wish by cropping it themselves.
03/09/2013 08:02:12 PM · #4
If a picture needs cropping to improve the composition, I would do so, and then add a white border to make it whatever is the next largest common print size. The customer can then simply "re-shape" the canvas/border, either adding or trimming a little, if they want other print sizes, without affecting the composition/crop of the image itself. I set up most of my prints as 8x10s, requiring only moderate padding if I'm using the uncropped image. That's also a common size for ready-made frames ...
03/10/2013 03:04:37 AM · #5
The biggest issue you are going to run into, and I did when I shot olympus was the fact that most people love, love, love, did I mention love yet? To make albums of 4x6 prints to share. Meaning your 4:3 ratio images are going to lose a whole lot from the sides of them. One reason I left Olympus when I started shooting professionally. You can crop a 2:3 ratio to an 8x10 a whole lot easier then a 4:3 to 4x6.

If I were you I'd leave them uncropped except for composition and hope they really like 8x10 prints!

Matt
03/10/2013 04:20:53 AM · #6
Thanks Matt, was thinking the same thing.
03/10/2013 05:19:17 AM · #7
I'm in a similar boat Maria. I shot most of last years weddings with a Nikon D700 with a 6x4 ratio. I've just got an Olympus OMD-EM5 like yourself as a second/third camera. Whilst the default ratio is 4:3 it does have a 3:2 setting as well so i figured i'd just keep it at that to keep consistency.

e.t.a - ah, just checked and RAW is always 4:3 - i get you now. Oh well, i'll probably just keep it as it is then.

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03/10/2013 10:51:26 PM · #8
There is absolutely no issue with cropping a 4:3 aspect ratio down to a 6x4 print as long as you can get the composition you want. The resolution you will lose will hardly be noticeable at that size print. However, you will lose more resolution cropping a 3:2 aspect ratio down to a 10x8 print than you will when cropping a 4:3 ratio to the same size, but even there, unless viewing up very very close, you're unlikely to notice any difference in image quality. At normal viewing distances there will be hardly any difference.
03/22/2013 07:18:20 PM · #9
Just taking this a little further.

Not being used to the 4:3 ratio of my new OMD EM5 I thought it would be a problem but I am now finding the opposite.
When I am giving the client the digital images the biggest problem is "what size will they crop them to for printing"?
If I crop the image in the current aspect leaving a little room all round (top, bottom, left and right) the current ratio has better print cropping ability.
8x10 will crop a little from the sides, 5x7 will crop a little from the top and bottom and 6x4 will crop a little more from the top and bottom than 5x7.

I think this will work well for me when offering digital images.

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