Depending on your camera model and settings, you will get different snapshot formats. Follow these tips to enhance your photos, whether in print or on a screen.
Different devices, different photo formats
If you have a SLR or some hybrid cameras, your photos will be the same size as the photos produced by a film camera, which is 3/2. For most digital compact cameras, the aspect ratio is 4: 3. There are other formats, such as the square format or the 16: 9 format, that highlight certain subjects, such as portrait or panorama.
To get photos in the desired format, you can use three solutions:
Set your device: Choose “Picture Ratio” from your device menu and select the format you want.
Use an application, such as Camera +, by choosing the format that interests you.
Retouch your photos using image processing software. In this case, you will take standard format photos, before cropping them once you are in front of your computer screen.
Adapt the format of your photos
The format 6/6 or square: it is very fashionable in the case of applications like Instagram; it is to be favored when one makes portraits.
16: 9 format: it is ideal for creating slideshows. Choose it if you want to broadcast your photos on a television screen.
4: 3 format: It’s perfect for pictures shown on a computer, since it’s standard on most computer screens.
The sizes 1/2, 1/3 and ¼: they are perfect for panoramas; the 1/3 format is by far the most common.
Adapt the format of your photos to your prints
The format of a photo has a significant influence on its rendering on the screen, as well as on its printing. If you use a film format (3/2) with a digital compact (4/3 format by default), your photo will be cut to print … To get the prints you want, choose the right print formats and make you even cropping. You will control the appearance of your photos.
Crop your formats like a pro
Why go through the settings of a camera when it is enough to crop a shot with the finger or the mouse? Well! For two good reasons: to improve the harmony of your photo while maintaining aesthetic proportions and to benefit from a development that does not cut your photo. Still, the use of software is usually simple: the option to choose a photo format may vary. In most cases, you can access it by clicking on the crop icon (a dotted rectangle) or, in the “Edit” menu, by clicking on “Crop”. Opt for the desired format, making sure the “Fixed Proportions” box is checked, otherwise check it.