What's your favorite aspect ratio?

JJJPhoto

Regular
Jun 12, 2012
43
I'm curious what most shooters out there prefer in terms of aspect ratios. Many cameras out there let you choose from a wide range of aspect ratios while shooting and I've been wondering what people actually use.

I personally prefer the 4/3 (3:4) ratio because it's close to what I need for 8x10, 11x14 and 16x20 inch prints (my most common print sizes) and it's perfect for the iPad (which has a 3:4 ratio screen).

If I owned a camera that had the option of selecting a 4:5 ratio then I might choose that since it's perfect for 8x10 and 16x20.

I know some people like the 3:2 ratio since it's the exact ratio needed for 4X6 inch prints (the most popular print size in the US).

Of course, back in my medium format film days I loved the 1:1 ratio.
 

Andrewteee

All-Pro
Jul 8, 2010
123
4:3

The interesting thing is that I've found that cameras that default to 4:3 offer the 3:2 format whereas cameras that default to 3:2 don't offer 4:3. I see a certain bias going on :mad:
 

Luke

Super Moderator
Nov 11, 2011
214
Milwaukee, WI USA
Luke
I'm a fan of the extremes. I don't print so I'm not constrained by print sizes. I love widescreen 16:9 (or even 2.35:1), but I also really love 1:1. I usually shoot in whatever is native for the camera and crop in post, but occasionally enjoy shooting in square format and composing for it.
 

bartjeej

Hall of Famer
Nov 12, 2010
124
bart
For portrait orientation shots, I really like 4:3. That's also my preferred option for diagonally oriented shots (something I'm growing quite fond of), although 1:1 might be even better for that.
For landscape orientation shots, I prefer wider: 16:9 or, if I still want some height, 3:2. I'd love to have the option of 2.4:1 (the same aspect ratio as most movies in cinemas) without having to crop so much, but I suppose I'll just have to make panoramas to achieve that.
 

Crsnydertx

Top Veteran
Jan 21, 2011
103
Houston, TX
Chuck
I also really love 1:1. I usually shoot in whatever is native for the camera and crop in post, but occasionally enjoy shooting in square format and composing for it.
I also enjoy shooting with the camera set to 1:1. However, I still find myself reflexively switching my grip from landscape to portrait...even though it doesn't make any difference.... :)
 

flash

Veteran
May 6, 2011
103
Gordon
What Luke said. Either 2.5:1 or 1:1. 4:3 is the hardest for me to visualize easily. I shot my 4:3 cameras in 3:2 and the ratio is the only reason I haven't jumped on an OMD.

Gordon
 

pdh

Legend
Jan 2, 2011
123
I always shoot 4:3 on the Olympus because of Lightroom's quirk of not registering the whole 4:3 frame (which means that if I shoot 1:1 or whatever else, I can't recover the original 4:3 aspect in LR ... though I have to say I haven't checked if this is still the case in 4.1, I'll check it when I have a moment).
Mostly I leave it at 4:3 but sometimes I'll visualise a scene as 5:4 or 3:2 and shoot with the intention to crop to that ratio in PP.
I have noticed that I do crop to 5:4 reasonably often in PP even when I haven't pre-visualised that aspect. Dunno what that's all about ...

The Bessa I always leave set at 3:2 ... :)
 

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