Upload & Sell: Off
I plan on working at this over the upcoming weekend. I've taken down all our Christmas decorations, so my wife should allow me the time needed to focus on this project (smile).
That being said, I'd like to vier off-topic for just a moment. As some of you may know, I recently traded my Canon 5D2 which has a whopping 21Mpx sensor for a Canon 1Dmk3 which ONLY has a 10Mpx sensor. I did this mainly because with the unpredictability of photojournalist work, I needed the better and faster focus system. Sadly; I'm aware that image quality wise, I obviously took a step backward. Which brings me to my issue ....
I've always shot in landscape mode with my 21Mpx sensor because I had plenty of image into to crop a portrait without compromising image quality since my maximum prints were only 11x14 anyway. For my Christmas party shoot, I threw away so much picture data it was ridiculous, yet still wound-up with good quality 8x10 and 11x14 sized prints. However, I fear that will not be the case with my newly acquired 1Dmk3. So my question is ...
Where do you guys frame your subjects to keep the most image info available while still being able to crop for an 8x10 on a 3:4 sensor? As you know, if we were to print 4x6 ratio prints we'd be fine right off camera, but what happens when we go with an 8x10 ratio?
The image on the left is a 8x10 crop of the image on the right which is right out of the camera un-cropped.
Do I step waaaaaaaay back and crop off the top and bottom to bring say a full body portrait into an 8x10 print without chopping off someone at the knees? I believe (and I could be wrong) if I shoot landscape and crop to 8x10 portrait I'm going to run into trouble image quality wise with my newly acquired 10Mpx 1D3.
I read this article, but it really doesn't answer the cropping for prints keeping the entire subject within the final cropped image:
This next article is a PERFECT example. If you scroll down to the first vertical image of a woman (full body shot). You can tell that image is right off the camera ratio wise (or so it seems anyway). Take that very same image and crop at 8x10 and you'll lose part of her legs.
Now obviously for a single shot like that if I move back (or zoom out) I'll capture the 8x10 spot .. but where is that in the frame of the camera? I mean, once we frame it and shoot, when we come back to the digital dark-room and we didn't allow enough space, we're toast. I know for a single subject like this I'll save image data going vertical. But what happens when I have 2 or 3 people -- do I switch to horizontal?
Here's a thread (dpReview) I believe addresses this very same issue:
I guess what I'm trying to learn here is how you guys "see" the image in the frame of the camera and know when you can yield an 8x10 print while preserving as much image data as possible. Hope I'm explaining this correctly. :-(
From my best calculations it looks like I'd lose 1/4 of the frame. If such is the case then I have to step back (or zoom out) to allow an additional 1/4 frame to compensate if I still want the full subject in an 8x10 crop. That's my interpretation of this, not necessarily the right one. :-)
Any thoughts? Sorry for breaking the thread pattern, I wasn't sure if I should have started another one under a different heading.