Cropping my Photos

Q: I have questions about cropping photos while ordering prints. Why does my photo say it needs cropping? What are the differences in cropping my photos?

A: The standard print sizes for framing are 4×6, 5×7, 8×10, 11×14 and 16×20. Most of these differ from the standard size in which photos comes out of the camera, which is 4×6. Almost all photos we upload for viewing are sized with a 4×6 ratio. That means prints sized 4×6, 8×12, 12×16, 16×24, 20×30 and 24×36 do not need any cropping. All other sizes need to be cropped in some way.

Here are some examples:

4×6, 8×12, 16×24, 20×30 print crop sizes

5×7 print crop size

8×10 & 16×20 print crop size

You can see the ratio size differences by the red dotted outlines.

We strive to shoot photos with all these cropping sizes in mind, but while capturing action it is not always possible.

Q: My athlete is really small in the photo can I just crop in really tight to make them larger?

A: You MAY crop to make your athlete larger in the frame, but you risk loosing quality with the image. This can lead to pixelation and a poor looking image.

Q: You didn’t cover my questions about cropping.

A: If you have any other questions  about the cropping of your photos please contact us: jomer@hotshotssportsphotography.com