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Old April 24th, 2013, 10:08 AM
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printing images... again

So, I am realizing that I am, firstly, not printing enough of my work, but, secondly, am also VERY slow in understanding how stuff works.
The aspect ratio of my Canon 7D is 2:3. Correct?

Am I also correct in saying that I should therefore be able to print my photos at sizes like 4x6, 6x9, 8x12, 12x18, 16x24, 20x30, 24x36..., without any loss/need of cropping?!

So, if that is correct, then why do I constantly have to crop my photos when I order prints at those sizes? I get that I have to crop if I want a different size, but why does it still happen when I use sizes that are apparently the 'right' size for the aspect ratio of 2:3?

Example - Say, I have a photo that I want to print straight out of camera, at a size of 12x18. Shouldn't I be able to print it without the need of any cropping? That never happens, though. I always end up having to crop.

I am so confused... Help!
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Old April 24th, 2013, 11:10 AM
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Re: printing images... again

Who are you using to print? Your dslr does have an aspect ratio option within the menu, but my understanding is that this is simply changes how the image is viewed on the LCD or supported software so that a person can compose their shot correctly. This understanding could always be wrong so I'd still check to make sure it's set to 3:2. Beyond that I'd reach out to the printers to inquire.
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Old April 24th, 2013, 12:43 PM
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Re: printing images... again

"Example - Say, I have a photo that I want to print straight out of camera, at a size of 12x18. Shouldn't I be able to print it without the need of any cropping? That never happens, though. I always end up having to crop."

Sabine,

Yes, you should be able to make any 3:2 ratio print without having to crop. However, this may not be the case if you are using commercial printing services. Since the commercial firms have to deal with digital files that come from any camera (with various image ratios), and since they don't know what people may have done to those images before uploading them to be printed, many (most? all?) commercial printing services will apply some cropping as part of their standard process. That being said, a good service that is used to dealing with professional photographers should offer a "no crop, full frame" option for their clients who want or need it. You may have to search a bit to find such options.

If you are printing on your own printer, then you should definitely be able to print a 3:2 ratio print without cropping if you want to. If you are printing on your own printer and always having to crop to print a 3:2 ratio image, then we need to know a lot more about your workflow to determine why you may be having this issue.

Good luck,
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