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What is aspect ratio?

By Jakob Jelling

Understanding a fantabulous device such as a digital camera requires the knowledge of a spectral variety of manners it can be used and also the acute information about the various properties of the device as well as the pictures it produces. Such an acute property is the aspect ratio! Question: What is aspect ratio? That remains unanswered to most of the common users or novices who use the digital camera for just casual photographic purposes. Yet the love of the device must extend to such an extent that all these seemingly unimportant properties such as aspect ratio do have a greater importance. This discussion is focused towards that revelation so that every lover and user of the digital camera understands the importance of aspect ratio.

Coming to greater details we can define that the aspect ratio is the relationship between the width of an image with respect to its height or rather it can also be defined as the ratio between the horizontal to vertical dimensions of the image or picture. Thereby the aspect ratio is the measurement of the way an image photographed by a digital camera would get depicted on paper while they are printed. It is to be noted that the ultimate endeavor of the photographers remain to get a hard copy or printed copy of whatever he or she has photographed. It is a psychological satisfaction of human beings giving one a feeling of the ability of freezing a moment from time, the unstoppable, and receiving a kind of immortal strength and also a medium of creating art from his or her observation. Thus aspect ration becomes so important for the digital camera. Within a computer screen or the viewfinder of the digital camera this feeling of satisfaction never comes, thus it becomes so important to print the photographs and hence the adjustment of the aspect ratio makes this purpose possible. Here lies the importance.

Technically the adjustment of the aspect ration may become a very tedious task. However with modern digital cameras technology has again made life easier for the people and users of digital cameras. A lot of digital cameras allow the users to select the aspect ratio that matches with the standard film print sizes for ease of using and proper printing of the final photographs. If the digital camera is not adjusted to a standard aspect ratio setting then as the images are printed the prints would contain unwanted white borders on the sides, or the printer would crop the photo. Thus this setting is so important. To become even more flexible in the operations it can be stated here that to obtain the best possible print from a digital camera picture or image, it is of paramount importance to set the digital camera to its highest resolution and quality settings. This allows the camera to get its best aspect ratio and whatever is printed is again the best that the device can provide. Thus most of the efforts of the photographer and his intentions remain captured in the images and also the physical photographs.

Again coming to the raw definition of the digital camera aspect ratio, it is the ratio of the length of the sides of the images. To depict this as an example, a conventional 35mm film frame is usually approximately 36mm wide and 24mm high. Thus the aspect ratio comes out to be 36:24, this can be simplified as equal to be expressed as 3:2. As a tradition most digital SLR (Single Lens Reflex) cameras have an aspect ratio of 3:2.

As per the above discussions it is clear about what the rue definition of the digital camera aspect ratio means as well as its conventional values along with the general importance of this so called property in the field of photography and the device itself. It is true that a person must unravel all the hidden facts about the device he or she so deeply admires but one must also give enough time to admire every aspect of these properties too.

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