Aspect Ratio?

Discussion in 'Olympus Cameras' started by 2112, Mar 20, 2017.

  1. 2112

    2112 Mu-43 All-Pro

    What ratio do most here shoot at?

    4:3, 16:1 ect...

  2. ArcticaMT6

    ArcticaMT6 Mu-43 Regular

    Jul 11, 2016
    Seattle, WA
    4:3. It's the full sensor size. No reason to shoot at any other ratio as you can just crop to what you want in post.
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  3. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Native unless I need otherwise. But as I can crop, I still usually shoot native (4:3, or 3:2 in APS-C or FF).

  4. kevinparis

    kevinparis Cantankerous Scotsman Subscribing Member

    Feb 12, 2010
    Gent, Belgium
    I shoot at 4:3, but recently have cropped 3:2, 16:9, 24:10 (cinema format) as needed

    Never crop at non standard ratios.. and I almost always crop

  5. retiredfromlife

    retiredfromlife Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 15, 2016
    Sydney, Australia
    I use 4:3
  6. 2112

    2112 Mu-43 All-Pro

    I have been shooting at 4:3, but have found if I fill the frame with the shot I want then if I decide to print at 8x10 it ends up getting cropped and part of the pick I wanted is lost in the print. If I use it as wall paper on my computer it won't fill a 24", 1080p screen and always has the black bands on the sides. I didn't notice this issue with my FF 5D Canon and wonder which would be best for my needs.

  7. gpburdell

    gpburdell Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jul 16, 2014
    Well, yeah, if you fill the frame and will go to a different ratio display medium you're going to crop stuff out. Best practice is to compose in-camera with a mind toward your eventual use and leave some room on the edges that'd be cropped.

    Typical monitors are 16:9 or 16:10, so a bit wider than even 3:2 and you'll need to pay closer attention in composition.

    Edit: to answer the original question, I typically compose with a 4:5 output in mind for greatest flexibility. My prints typically end up as 8x10 or 5x7 or similar. I never set a ratio in camera and shoot raw+jpg
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  8. 2112

    2112 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Good Point.. ty
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  9. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    You need to start printing 11x14! :biggrin:

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  10. 2112

    2112 Mu-43 All-Pro

    I had a picture from the old 5D printed on canvas that size a few weeks ago and like the size.

  11. Pecos

    Pecos Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Jan 20, 2013
    The Natural State
    There's no reason to shoot any aspect other than 4/3, since you are effectively cropping in camera...unless you want to use the different aspect ratios for framing purposes.
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  12. hobbes266

    hobbes266 Mu-43 Regular

    May 19, 2014
    Gold Coast, Australia
    3:2 for landscape orientation and 4:3 (3:4) for most portrait orientations, since I find those ratios most visually pleasing. I shoot Raw + jpg, so the full 4:3 is always available but I want to get the output as close in camera to what I prefer, since I use the jpgs for most things but occasionally go to the raw.
  13. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 16, 2011
    Hayward, WI
    William B. Lewis
    4:3 or 1:1. Since I save jpg+raw I like to have the crop I saw at the time of shooting. It's incredibly rare that I change from that.
  14. Growltiger

    Growltiger Mu-43 All-Pro

    Mar 26, 2014
    3:2 always. But I sometimes recrop to 3:2 from raw where I didn't get the framing right.
    Printing outside the USA is usually to A size papers which are 1.414:1 so 3:2 (i.e. 1.5) is still quite close to that.
    I have not yet seen any cameras that support an A ratio crop.
  15. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA

    I either use the full 4:3 or 1:1, depending on what I'm shooting.

    If I do shoot 1:1, it is with RAW, so I get the best of both worlds.