Since I’ve had a few clients be a little confused when trying to make their own prints from my professional digital negatives, I thought I should address it here on the blog to avoid confusion in the future.
The professional cameras I use have a full frame sensor, this means that it’s the same size as a 35 mm negative. Therefore all the digital negatives have a 2:3 ratio.
Images printed in a 2:3 ratio will show the entire image. This would include a 4×6, 6×9, 8×12, 10×15, 12×18, 14×21, 16×24, 18×27, 20×30, 22×33, 24,×36, 26×39 and so on. However, some of the most popular sizes for prints and frames in the U.S. do not include most of these sizes. This means that when printing a photo in some of those other sizes, part of the image will be cropped out of the print. I have some examples below from Jessica and Hunter’s wedding in Del Mar this past weekend.
Here’s the original image in a 2:3 ratio size for comparison (2×3, 4×6, 8×12, 12×18, 16×24, 20×30…)
Also, keep in mind when ordering canvas wraps, part of the image will wrap around the edges. Here’s a screenshot of a 30×40 canvas wrap showing the parts of the image that would be on the sides of the frame: