Well, read on.....I'm here to tell you!
Back in the day before digital (yes it's true, there was a time), the size format was different and 8x10's used to be standard. Now however, when you ask for an 8x10 and various other "standard" sizes, you can loose up to 2 inches of your image.
As your image is seen from the digital camera, the size ratio is 3:2.
To crop to an 8x10, you would need a ratio of 5:4
There are a few sizes of prints that you can have made to maintain the native 3:2 ratio. Those sizes are 4x6, 8x12, 12x18, 16x24 and 20x30. This would be important if you have an image with a "tight crop" or not very much free space left around the subject. Generally heads and limbs are important to keep in the picture!
I did a few crop examples to show you what the same image looks like with different crops.
Here's the original image coming from the camera. If you want to maintain EVERYTHING in your print, this needs to be printed as a 4x6, 8x12, 12x18, 16x24 or 20x30.
If you were to ask for this printed as a 5x7, this is what you would get....a little loss but not too much:
Now for an 8x10 crop (my least favorite, you loose 2 inches from the long side):
Here's the 11x14 crop:
And finally a 16x20 crop:
And here they are all together:
One other thing I wanted to point out to all the 8x10 lovers out there....is that it is best used as a desk print (or gift print as they are sometimes called). When hung on the wall, it will look pretty pathetic and lost. You might be able to get away with it say in a bathroom, or as part of a grouping, but not alone on a large wall. Have a look:
I do get a fair amount of client orders that come in for an image in an 8x10, and I email back to show them the potential crop and just how that picture will look. If you are wanting that size, please consider an 8x12 if you could potentially loose an important part of the image. There are many more places that you can get 8x12 frames now, including ordering online. But really....go BIGGER!
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