Save Editing Time By Learning to Switch Your Aspect Ratio


show more The length-to-width ratio of your image is defined by the aspect ratio. Your camera has a default aspect ratio of 3:2, but the Canon 5D Mark III lets you change that setting in the shooting menu. Working with aspect ratio helps you shoot pictures the way you like so you will have less editing to do later. This simple online tutorial shows you how to access the shooting menu and select other options. show less
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Working with aspect ratio

The ratio of the length to width of your image is defined as its aspect ratio. For example, your HDTV has a different aspect ratio than what your camera shoots. With its 16:9 aspect ratio, your HDTV shows a wider image than the 3:2 aspect ratio of your camera. Now, if you have a point-and-shoot camera, it probably has an even narrower aspect ratio of 4:3, which incidentally is the aspect ratio of standard definition TV. When you're shooting JPEG images, you can choose something other than the camera's native 3:2 aspect ratio.

If you're in live view, the camera will show you guidelines for the aspect ratio that you've chosen. Here in the fourth page of the shooting menu, I have an option for aspect ratio, which is currently set to its default of 3:2. 3:2, of course, is the aspect ratio of the camera's sensor, of the LCD screen; it's the native resolution of the camera. It's also the aspect ratio of traditional 35 mm film. If I pop this open, I get some up some ...

Working with aspect ratio
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The length-to-width ratio of your image is defined by the aspect ratio. Your camera has a default aspect ratio of 3:2, but the Canon 5D Mark III lets you change that setting in the shooting menu. Working with aspect ratio helps you shoot pictures the way you like so you will have less editing to do later. This simple online tutorial shows you how to access the shooting menu and select other options.

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Photography
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5D Mark III
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