Why Does My 8×10 not Look like the Original File? {Cropping and How it Affects Your Prints}

I have seen a few photographers do this recently so rather than copy their posts I will do one of my own because, coincidentally, I have been getting lots of questions about this recently also! Sometimes clients will receive an 8×10 in the mail and pull up the original because something doesn’t seem quite right…well that’s because print sizes change the crop of the original file! Wanna see how?

Here, in a nutshell are the different crops-below I will post a few larger ones for comparison. As you can see with this landscape oriented (as opposed to portrait oriented) with it being a headshot I actually like the closer crop of the 8×10, for instance.

So here is that original file crop:

And the very popular 8×10 crop:

So, as I said, no biggie there. I might even like the crop better. But let’s say you have a very sweeping, dramatic image…

I don’t know about you but unless you get an original crop it just isn’t the same. Let’s take a look at the original crop:

And, again, the 8×10:

So just for fairness let’s show a portrait oriented image:

And again, the original crop:

And the 8×10

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