01 Apr Why Crop to the Cinematic Aspect Ratio 2.39:1

Source: Fujifilm Insider

To crop or not to crop, that is the question. I’ve heard all the arguments for and against cropping. Many photographers feel it’s cheating, trying to ‘fix’ a photo while editing. If that’s not how you saw it originally, you shouldn’t misrepresent the image by changing it via cropping. These ones often feel that shooting in the native aspect ratio is ideal for both artistic and technical reasons.I agree that it can become a bad habit to indiscriminately crop your images while editing with absolutely no reason or artistic consideration. However, I do not agree that limiting yourself to the sensor’s native aspect ratio makes you more artistic or a better photographer. In fact, if you see beyond the limits of your tools, it is your artistic obligation to create the image you want to see. For me, I see my photography as a screen shot from within a movie. I’m physically walking inside the movie, and my goal is to capture those pinnacle moments with my camera. The standard 3:2 or 4:3 aspect ratio in most cameras is often limiting for certain images. I need to go wider. How wide? Welcome to the cinematic aspect ratio of 2.39:1…

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