Nowadays, only less than 30 percent of the photographers print their photos. Most of them process their photos for publishing in social media.
So, if you are not used to printing, selecting the correct print size can be a bit tough. Here, I will go through the common print sizes. This will help you to choose the correct size next time when you are printing.
Normal Photo Print Size
Most of the digital cameras and DSLR cameras capture images in a 2:3 aspect ratio. So, you can make use of the 6 inches x 4 inches size for printing photos in small sizes. You don’t have to crop image here. All the photo print size are mentioned in “inches”.
If you have shot the picture horizontally you can go for a landscape orientation. Vertical orientation can be chosen for an image shot vertically. So, it is the photographer who should make the choice, Portrait Vs Landscape, while shooting itself.
If you want to send prints to your friends or relatives like a postcard then this is the recommended size.
This is the most common medium size prints. Most of the wedding and portrait photographers share prints in 7×5 size (7 inches x 5 inches). Since this is a common size you can easily get a matching photo frame. You will have to crop the photo in the 7X5 ratio so that it matches with the print size
There are many Instagram photographers out there. So, they would be cropping their final image in 5×4 size or a 1:1 square size.
10×8 size is mainly targeted towards these photographers who want to print their photos. You can get different varieties of photo frames in this size. This is actually a traditional format size and is very good for fine art prints.
Large Size Prints
A4 size is the normal paper size, which 11×8.5. You can even print your photos in 12×8 size by fitting it on A4 size, without doing any photo cropping for ratio adjustment. Thus you can maintain the same 2:3 aspect ratio. You will have to cut the blank edges.
16.5×11.7 is the A3 paper size. It is a commonly available photo print size. You can even fit a 16×12 size on the A3 paper by chopping off the edges after printing to remove the blank space.
Ultra Large Size
Any size larger than the 16×12 size can be considered as Ultra Large. These photo print sizes are good for exhibition and sale. 24×16, 30x 20, 36×24 are some commonly used Ultra large print sizes.
You need to make custom photo frames since these prints are not the regular sized ones.
Shooting for Prints
If you are interested in printing photos then you should keep that in mind while shooting. Shooting in RAW format gives you the flexibility to adjust image resolution as per print size.
If you are planning to crop images to match with print size then you should leave some space while composing the image, to accommodate this crop.
You need to take proper care while processing photos for printing. If you are using Lightroom for processing, please make sure that you have correct Lightroom export settings for print.
Always do a print preview in your computer monitor with the print size. This will give an idea of how the final print will look like. You should color calibrate your post processing monitor to get the right colors and details.
Before printing the final prints, take small size sample print with the same printer to ensure that you are getting the right colors, tone and contrast.
As we all know, the latest digital cameras are coming up with higher Megapixels, which makes it easy to crop the image for any size without losing any details.
I always recommend you to print your photos in whatever size possible. This will give you the actual feel of what you have captured.
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