When ordering prints, it’s important to keep in mind that the size of the print you choose — or more accurately, the ratio of the print you choose — will affect how the final print looks. My camera takes photos at a 2:3 aspect ratio, which means that a 4×6 print will look exactly like what you see in your online proofing gallery — so will an 8×12, 12×18, 16×24, and all other print sizes that are multiples of 2×3. If you order a 5×7 or 8×10 print, however, the short sides of the image will need to be cropped off to varying degrees — the same will be true for an 11×14, 20×24, or any other print size that is not a multiple of 2×3. Here is a visual example of the degree of cropping necessary for various print sizes:
Typically, the need to crop an image for a print does not pose a problem. But there are some images that are framed so closely to begin with that cropping any part of the image can look awkward. Here’s an example:
There are two ways to avoid this potential problem when ordering a closely-framed image: First, you can order a non-standard print size. If you originally wanted a 20×24, for example, you could instead order a 16×24 or a 20×30 — two similar non-standard print sizes that would retain the original 2×3 aspect ratio. I like this option best because I’m able to help you choose the crop that will look best for the photo. The only drawback to this option is that, if you are planning to have the print framed, you’ll have to have it custom-framed, which generally costs more.
The second option is to keep the standard-sized print — an 11×14, for example — and float the image in the center of the print with an added border around it. I have both modern and “sloppy” borders, and the nice thing about this option is that it can eliminate the need to have your print matted. Here are a few examples:
These are all possibilities to keep in mind when ordering prints. If you have any doubts about what print size to order, just ask! I can help you find the best solution.