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08-06-2011, 09:04 AM   #1
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What size do you crop in?

So Im doing some Graduation photos for some friends today, and after looking through my site and trying to make up a cheap package they can purchase, Im not sure what size to crop the photos. I usually try to crop everything in 8x10, but if they are going to be buying wallets, as well as maybe 4x6, 5x7, as well as 8x10 and possibly 16x20, none of that will work without losing parts of the image. (obviously) But what would be a "standard" crop size that will relatively accommodate the best for everything? Should I go with what will look best on the larger photos (8x10/16x20) or what will look best on the wallets (which im sure they will be handing out tons of)
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I don't think one size fits all works. Maybe ask them what they want, and let them know if it doesn't work.
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I don't think one size fits all works. Maybe ask them what they want, and let them know if it doesn't work.
Yeah, I was just wondering if there was a "standard" size that most people went with. It looks like the camera puts out 4x6 by default, so I guess Ill just stick with those
Just kinda makes it awkward to go bigger (8x12 frames are hard to come by vs 8x10 and having to crop)
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I've found that cropping to a 5x7 ratio works pretty well, as long as you leave a little bit of extra room. It's seems to fit right in between most of the common ratios, and is the same ratio as wallet size.

5x7 =

7.1x10 or 8x11.2
4x5.6 or 4.3x6
16x22.4 or 14.3x20


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I can tell you with certainty though, that unless you know exactly what your client wants, you're going to have to make adjustments no matter what so might as well stick to whichever works for you.

I used to crop to 4x5/8x10 all the time, but that was just because artistically, I preferred the more square look. I've switched to doing more of whatever works for the photo, going custom (4x10, 5x10, etc) when the photo calls for it.
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