Which aspect ratio you shoot and why ?

Discussion in 'Photography Techniques' started by Herman, Jul 18, 2010.

  1. Herman

    Herman The Image Stimulator S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 11, 2010
    The Netherlands
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    As to me I'm shooting 4:3 to get max. pixel output from the G1. (which is equiped with 43-sensor).
    Aspect ratio G2:
    1:1 (Hasselblad)
    4:3 (mu-43)
    3:2 (Leica)
    16:9 (Cinema)
    (by the way the NEX doesn't have 4:3 why is that)
    Which aspect ratio you prefer ? Why ?
    Does all of these aspect ratio match size of displays and paper ?
    Do look forward hearing from you, thanks in advance.

    Kind regards, Herman
     
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  2. Mayank

    Mayank SC Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 16, 2010
    India
    I mainly shoot raw and my current lineup of cameras do not feature flexible aspect ratio when shooting raw. So it is 3:4 with compacts and 2:3 with dSLRs. I prefer 3:4, however. Somehow I crop 3:4 images more and get more accurate compositions out of them, it is also a less 'dynamic' proportion than 2:3 or 16:9 (which are either too wide or too tall on some occasions). The ratio also seems a bit nostalgic to me, reminds me of pre-35mm film days.
     
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  3. Dwig

    Dwig New to SC S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 10, 2010
    Key West FL USA
    I use a G-1 currently and leave it set at 4:3. For me, any other setting is a poor idea.

    I'm a very experienced photographer (over 50 years of using serious cameras, several more if you count snapshot box cameras). My shooting falls into two categories, my personal serious art photography and the documentary work I do for my day job designing signage. In both cases the final shape of the printed image is dictated by the shape of the subject.

    I'm experienced enough to visualize the final image without the camera artificially masking the image for me. Also, I always print my own images after some amount of post processing so I can do the cropping to shape in PP. I don't need the native camera file to be cropped to shape so that a straight from the camera image can be printed at the local drug store.

    Since I don't use a GH-1, the route to be best quality (most pixels in the final image) is to always leave the camera at 4:3 since the other aspect ratios are merely in-camera crops of the full sensor area. The GH-1 is the only currently available camera that actually uses the full image circle of the lens with switching to different aspect ratios instead of simply cutting off a portion of the sensor's native aspect ration image.
     
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  4. :jacobin:pigeon:

    :jacobin:pigeon: SC Regular S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 8, 2010
    There's something exciting about 16x9 and it works really well for pipe band pics, fire apparatus and police cars. 4x3 is just too narrow for these subjects. But, I will often switch to 4x3 for subjects that don't need length/width.
     
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  5. Djarum

    Djarum SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 10, 2010
    Huntsville, AL
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    4:3 since on most sensors this utilizes the whole sensor. That doesn't mean I won't crop to a different aspect ratio if it fits better. I have a few prints hanging that are 1:1 and 16:9.
     
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  6. Andrewteee

    Andrewteee SC All-Pro S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 8, 2010
    Primarily 4:3, but also 3:2 and 1:1. I also sometimes crop to 4:5. What I would really like to learn to do well is 3:1 thanks to the panoramic work of Josef Koudelka.
     
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  7. arpoador

    arpoador SC Regular S.C. Charter Member

    I shoot 4/3, but I crop freely and aggressively, not always maintaining the original ratios.
     
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  8. bilzmale

    bilzmale Super Moderator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member Subscribing Member

    Jul 17, 2010
    Perth, Western Australia
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    Basically just 4/3 but also crop to suit the image.
     
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  9. Caroline

    Caroline New to SC S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 19, 2010
    London, UK
    I'm kind of odd because I shoot RAW + JPG so have the full 4/3 crop (on the EP-1) available as a "digital negative" anyway, but I prefer to compose "in-camera" and do as little post processing as possible, so I will often change the aspect ratio depending on the subject and also the art filter. For example I quite often use 6x6 format with the Grainy B&W filter as it reminds me of the old 120 roll film shots from the 50s:

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    (EP-1 with 14-42 kit lens)


    Otherwise I will tailor the aspect ratio to the subject, although I must admit I do have a sneaking regard for the 16:9 format in portrait orientation (i.e. tall and thin) as I think that often makes for quite an unusual shot where otherwise (with one of the wide vertical formats) it would be a bit more run-of-the-mill.

    For example here is one of my shots of a very familiar subject from Egypt that I think would have had far less impact if I'd used 3:2 or 4:3 format:

    [​IMG]
    (Lumix LX-2)
     
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  10. Archiver

    Archiver SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 11, 2010
    Melbourne, Australia
    I always shoot in native aspect ratio and crop if I see fit.

    I like the 4:3 aspect ratio of small sensor cameras because they capture more of the vertical aspects of any given scene than 3:2 at any focal length. It gives me maximum 'real estate' to work with, and shows as much of the scene as the focal length can take, so to speak.

    I often enjoy using 16:9, as it fills the average computer monitor and gives a cinematic look. For even greater cinematic effect, I occasionally use 2.35:1, with is the anamorphic aspect ratio often used in movies. I often examine movies to see how they use composition in 16:9 or 2.35:1 or 2.4:1.

    1:1 is a bit of fun as well. :smile:
     
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  11. sonomichele

    sonomichele SC Regular S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 6, 2010
    Texas
    my brain leans towards the square, so I most often shoot in 4:3 or 1:1. Every once in a while I'll branch on with a bit more horizontal or vertical when the mood hits me.
    Michael
     
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  12. burro39

    burro39 SC Regular S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 20, 2010
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    I use 4:3 on the Epl-1 mainly because you cannot in-camera edit with the other ratios. I like this feature on the camera and use it often to crop a bit.
     
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  13. Kapekodder

    Kapekodder New to SC S.C. Charter Member

    I hadn't really thought about the topic. I have retained the 4:3 aspect from my bigger Oly bodies. It is quite clear that I am in that "rut " where old equals comfort. I do favor "landscape" framing versus "portrait" framing as I compose my images that way. I do shoot RAW and process mostly in Lightroom with NIK.

    With the E-PL1, I've had too much fun with the video and filters to think this deeply
     
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  14. PeterB666

    PeterB666 SC Top Veteran S.C. Charter Member

    I always shoot using the full sensor (4:3 on my E-P1) and then crop to what I need. Quite often I crop to 3:2 but it is whatever suites the image and the medium to which I am publishing.
     
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  15. kiynook

    kiynook New to SC S.C. Charter Member

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    Jul 27, 2010
    I shoot 4:3 except when I am using C-Mount lens and in video modes. I learn 6:6 with my C-mount lens and E-P2 uses 16:9 for video modes.
     
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  16. photoSmart42

    photoSmart42 New to SC S.C. Charter Member

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    Aug 9, 2010
    I shoot whatever aspect ratio makes sense for my composition. On my GH1 I shoot primarily in 3:2 since that's a nice compromise between 16:9 and 4:3, and on the GH1 it gets me slightly wider horizontal FOV over 4:3. However, I do switch aspect ratios if the situation demands it. For film I shoot 3:2 (35mm), 1:1 (MF), and down the road 6:9 (MF) and 4:5 (LF).
     
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  17. Remko

    Remko SC Rookie S.C. Charter Member

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    Aug 8, 2010
    Netherlands
    I mainly shoot 3:2 (often even with my GX100). I also crop to other formats depending on the composition. But 3:2 to me seems to be more pleasing than 4:3 maybe also a force of habit.

    Remko
     
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  18. intense

    intense SC Regular

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    Sep 11, 2010
    Like most people above, I shoot 4:3 and crop pictures on my computer when needed different format or composition
     
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  19. jankapp

    jankapp SC Regular

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    Aug 28, 2010
    I shoot 16:9 mostly. I like the landscape format.
    The Dlux-4 has a lever to change the ratio. As I - in the Leica forum - suggested, that it would be better to hide this option in the menu, I was attacked heavily. It seems, that there are people, who - just before taking a picture - decide what aspect ration fits better. Not bad of course, to optimize the use of the pixel area.
    Jan
     
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  20. BBW

    BBW Administrator Emeritus S.C. Charter Member

    Jul 7, 2010
    betwixt and between
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    I try to use whatever the particular camera "is" - with the idea that what I see is what I want, however in practice, truth be told, that is not always the case...it's often the case but not always. When I see the image afterwards on my computer screen, I make the final cut. Most of the time, it's just a slightly smaller version if it's different at all. That just the other day I had an image that I liked but not quite...then I chose the 16:9 in order to remove too much water on a landscape/seascape shot and it worked much, much better.
     
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