Alert readers may have noticed that I am lately fond of the 16:9 ratio in processing photos. You can read all about it here. Lightroom offers it as a standard crop along with 5×7 and 8×10. Anyone who has bought a new TV in the last 7 years watch this format. My cell phone uses close to a 16:9 format as well. I think this format has more visual impact than a full frame DSLR format for some subjects. It’s great for landscapes but it can be very effective for detail work, too.
Of course, using this ratio means you will likely have to crop your photo and that’s where a hi res, low noise file comes in handy. There are purists who would never crop and try to get the perfect crop in camera. I admire those folks that can achieve that perfect crop in camera. It’s how I was taught to use a camera a few years ago. My own instinct is to crop in camera. But I’m not a purist and I think many photos can be made better with the right cropping. Sometimes you may discover photos within your photos.
Coming soon: 1:1!