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    adrianbuttonphotography

    Ok, just wondering what the benefits of using 4:3 to 16:9 or vise versa 16:9 to 4:3 ratios are over each other?

    Its clear what the main differences are but practically what is better etc etc?

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    fraser
    fraser  10631 forum posts Scotland14 Constructive Critique Points
    19 Jul 2012 - 5:11 PM

    Trick question?

    Last Modified By fraser at 19 Jul 2012 - 5:12 PM
    adrianbuttonphotography

    No trick question...just something sensible.

    User_Removed
    19 Jul 2012 - 5:17 PM

    Depends on the end use. If it's prints then choose ratios that match the frames you plan to use. If you plan to display your pictures on a modern widescreen television or Android tablet then 16:9 matches. If you wanted to display your pictures on an old-fashioned TV or on an iPad then 4:3 is the aspect ratio they use.

    Persoally I always shoot the full size and ratio of the sensor and crop later.

    User_Removed
    19 Jul 2012 - 7:11 PM


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    Personally I always shoot the full size and ratio of the sensor and crop later.

    Ditto.

    No point in closing down on your options until you have to.

    Stillbase
    Stillbase e2 Member 253 forum postsStillbase vcard Wales
    19 Jul 2012 - 7:18 PM

    Agreed

    redsnappa
    redsnappa  111878 forum posts United Kingdom
    19 Jul 2012 - 9:30 PM

    Guys I think he means monitor aspect ratios.

    mikehit
    mikehit e2 Member 45766 forum postsmikehit vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
    19 Jul 2012 - 9:44 PM

    If you mean monitor, do you mean advantages/disadvantages for photo editing?

    GlennH
    GlennH e2 Member 81822 forum postsGlennH vcard France1 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Jul 2012 - 9:19 AM

    I think Adrian's referring to the camera, since his Sony produces 16:9 or 4:3 aspect ratios. So Chris L's advice makes good sense (except perhaps for users of the LX3/LX5/LX7 [to be] - where all aspect ratios save for 1:1 use the full image circle).

    joolsb
    joolsb e2 Member 927107 forum postsjoolsb vcard Switzerland38 Constructive Critique Points
    20 Jul 2012 - 11:54 AM


    Quote: No point in closing down on your options until you have to.

    Depends on the situation. Sometimes a composition works better in one aspect ratio than another so cropping 'in the field' might actually help.

    adrianbuttonphotography

    Cheers folks, but yeah GlennH your right its more of which option in the camera to use, always usually take photos in the 4:3 ration but tried playing around with the 16:9 (although true wide spreed is not 16:9).

    As I said i know what the obvious differences are, likewise for displaying on screens..but do old school CRT screen still exist...hahaha.

    User_Removed
    20 Jul 2012 - 2:37 PM


    Quote: No point in closing down on your options until you have to.

    Depends on the situation. Sometimes a composition works better in one aspect ratio than another so cropping 'in the field' might actually help.

    But don't forget that, even with a 12 Mp sensor, you can make a high quality A3+ print from a landscape format shot cropped to portrait or a portrait format shot cropped to landscape.

    We are well past the "olden days" of digital where resolution was so low that you had to decide whether to shoot landscape or portrait before pressing the button.

    In fact, as an afterthought, I wonder why they don't give us a square format as the default. It worked so well in MF film cameras.

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    Last Modified By User_Removed at 20 Jul 2012 - 2:40 PM
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