What print size won’t crop your image

Why does that print size crop my image?

So what print size will I be able to print without loosing any of the image? The question is almost daily. “Why is it when I get a 5×7, 8×10, 11×14 or 16×20 print made of my digital file I have some of the image cut off”?

The answer

A digital camera sensor is NOT the same proportions as the print sizes mentioned above.

Why are those print sizes so popular? According to history the sizes that we have come to know as normal where used by photographers that shot 645 medium format. These sizes fit this format perfectly.  35mm Film and most sensors in digital cameras are proportioned to 4×6, 8×12, 11×16, 12×18, 16×24. Only these sizes will give you the full image file without cropping any of your image.

Cropping can be a good thing if you plan for it. It can allow you to get closer to the subject and eliminate “extra” parts of the picture.  For some pictures it is a killer.  Imagine a picture of a large family and the people are from one edge of the image to the other.  Then the client asks for a 16×20.  Well you now have to choose who in the family that you are going to cut out. Or you will have to do a lot of editing to add sky or foreground to the image.

Full print size
The full digital image
Cropped print size
When you ask for a cropped print size

So what should you do?

When shooting images imagine that you have crop lines in your viewfinder. Or do like many did in years past and draw the crop lines in – if you so dare or are crazy enough to try.  Then leave space around your images for the cropping to the common sizes. 

If you want to do something artistic like shooting a image to print to 24″x8″ make sure that you let your client know first. That way they won’t try and order a 8×10 from that image. Or maybe do one that is more artistic in posing then do some that will fit the common format sizes.

If you do mess up and crop too tight for the print size, add some space using Photoshop. Unsure of how to add space ask when ordering and I will help you with it.

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Slow Down!!

What you see when you slow down!! I was out for a walk the other night at Belly River Campground in Waterton Lakes National Park. I have to walk slowly with my lung condition and this night was no different with the heat and humidity. As I stopped to catch my breath I could hear something in the tree beside me. It was a gentle noise like a light breeze but I could hear something in the tree. I stood still for a minute then this little guy appeared in front of my face, He had been checking me out as I stood there and had decided that I was no danger. Probably because of my wheezing he figured he could outrun me 🙂 🙂 . So he continued with his feeding. I was able to shoot a pile of images, the only thing that caused me to stop shooting was the horde of mosquitoes that showed up and the fact I left the bug spray in the van.

What you see when you slow down

So the next time you are out shooting, don’t be in a rush. Slow down and see all the things that you would miss if you were rushing past.

#nature #wildlife #naturephotography #canon #lethbridgephotographer #summer #naturecanada #ourcanadamag #bbcearth #ShareCanGeo #outdoorphotographycanadamag #myalberta #albertalife #dailyviewalberta #greatescapepublishing #imagesofcanada #natgeowild #travelalberta #sigma #sigma150600 #calgary #alberta #Waterton

More on my exploring

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Laminate Announcement

Laminate Sale

After close to 20 years I have switched to a new laminate!

Why New Laminate

Well first it was the fact that there is no more of the old stuff being made and supplies are getting low.

Second is because this new laminate is AMAZING!!! Just developed in the past year this laminate is thinner, clearer and has less of a texture than the sand so it shows the print even better!

It has taken a few months to test this new product and the results are in……. I LOVE IT!!!!

So a few things are happening with printing.

Starting today all work will now be printed on the new laminate. In order to show you the quality I am offering FREE lamination on all 16×24, 20×30 & 24×36 prints till the end of July. Limit of one per customer and you MUST mention this ad to get this..

ALSO>>>>>>>>>

I am selling off ALL display prints in the studio at 50% off. Some frames available as well at 50% off when purchased with the print. I want to switch my display prints to the new surface and this way everyone can get a bonus!!! LIMITED quantities!!

Prints you will be proud to sell or to display on your walls!

When you need quality photo printing in Lethbridge Paterson Photography is the photo lab you should be using! I will make your digital images look the best they can. We are the only choice for exceptional service and amazing prints!

About my printing

I print for all types of photographers – Individuals & families, professional photographers or beginners, photo studios, businesses, industry, – ANYONE that needs a quality print. I am here to help. Friendly helpful service is standard and at no additional charge! No longer do you have to settle for poor quality department or drug store prints!

Printing department

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Copy Work

My new copy work system is up and running!! I do hundreds of copies each month – from old photos to new art work. For individuals to artists. I have been working for the past year to improve my copy work so NOBODY can touch the quality that I do. After extensive testing and tweaking I am happy to say that my new copy system is up and running and the results are amazing.

I do work for clients from all over western Canada who are looking for amazing print copies or digital copies. This new system will put me even further in the lead!!!

Truer colors, less reflections and glare.

Digitize your original artwork, old family images and more.

More information on my copy and restorations

Do you need a photo restoration? I have been doing photo restorations for over 25 years. I am the only restoration company in southern Alberta that was trained by Adobe in image editing and restoration.

If you want prints of your restored images I use special archival paper for long term permanence.

Paterson Photography can handle original prints from wallet size to life size. Unlike many places I have no size limit on digitizing original prints.

At Paterson Photography I do work for may individuals and companies and I can restore one image or thousands.

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RCMP Coaldale

RCMP Coaldale Sod Turning

Sod Turning Coaldale Royal Canadian Mounted Police . So often when I am shooting I don’t get to share my shoots. I post lots of nature and wildlife but other shoots are private for various reasons. Yesterday I was shooting a public event – the sod turning at the new Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment in Coaldale so I can share these.

RCMP

It is a major time in the history of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in southern Alberta. In a couple years the department will be pulling out of Lethbridge and moving to #Coaldale. One of the reasons that Lethbridge became what it is is because of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Having them move to Coaldale brings that history to Coaldale.

RCMP Coaldale
RCMP

Town of Coaldale Lethbridge RCMP #history Lethbridge Historical Society

I am a Lethbridge based photographer who can help you get the best possible image for your family or business. Or the best print from your negative or digital file. Service and quality is what I am all about. No matter what your photography needs Paterson Photography is here to help. Lethbridge photographer since 1985 with a full service one hour and a custom photo lab. A large professional photography studio. Photo restorations and photography courses in Lethbridge and around southern Alberta.

My website

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Lethbridge Historical Business Prints

Lethbridge Historical Business Prints. If you grew up in Lethbridge you will remember a lot of the long time businesses. Below is an artist rendition of some of the more memorable business signs.

You can order prints of these logos on either 12×12 prints or 24×36 prints.

This link will take you to the order page. A great gift for A long time Lethbridge resident for the house, man cave or cabin.

Lethbridge Historical Business Prints
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