I am passionate about printing images. I always urge my clients to purchase professional, heirloom quality prints over digital images. Having said that, I get why people want the digital images and I do offer them. Sometimes you aren't sure how you will want to display your images. Hopefully your photographer will discuss that with you and together you can be sure that your session will fulfill your desire for a wall gallery or album. Hopefully you won't be left with a CD of images that will end up stashed in a drawer somewhere. Hopefully!
The unfortunate truth of digital images is that the technology needed to access them may not be around in the next 15 years. Computers being sold today are already sold without the CD or DVD drive. The only sure fire way to preserve your memories is to print them. So you have a CD or USB of images from your photographer and you are ready to print them. This is when you might become aware that you can't print everything as an 8x10 or even a 5x7. I hope that I can help clear up some of that confusion.
So here is the deal. The camera creates images at a 2:3 ratio, which is the equivalent to a 4x6 print. Not all print sizes are a 2:3 ratio. Depending on what size you wish to print your images, part of the image may be cropped. A 5x7 and an 8x10 will lose part of the image as you can see below...
You might find that some images are better cropped as a 4x6, 8x12 or a 16x24 in order to preserve the whole image. 8x10 seems like a framing standard, but you can now find 8x12 frames almost anywhere.
I hope that my cropping guide will help you as you prepare to print all of your images. To get a free copy of the guide mailed to your inbox to print for reference. Please sign up for the newsletter. Happy printing!!!!