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1 - Introduction

Aspect Ratios

The aspect ratio of photographs made with a digital SLR camera is 3 to 2 or 3:2.

If the aspect ratio of the photography paper isn't 3:2, then a portion of the photograph will be cropped.

Your digital SLR photographs will fit on the paper sizes below.

4" x 6"
8" x 12"
20" x 30"

Your digital SLR photographs won't fit on the paper sizes below.

Your photographs will be cropped.

5" x 7"
8" x 10"
8.5" x 11"
11" x 14"
16" x 20"
17" x 22"

If you want to use one of the above paper sizes—and don't want to crop—print full-frame.

Most labs can't make full-frame prints.

Their machines will crop your photographs.

You must add borders to your photographs to prevent cropping.

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