I been reading up on aspect ratios and I feel like my head is going to explode. For one, is there a difference between aspect ratios and cropping? There is right?
I was reading a few threads, this one in particular and it threw me for a loop.
I'm trying to follow what the gal, Laurie Sachs is explaining in reply to another member. She says:
"If you are going to crop just crop everything to 4 x 6 which is your camera's aspect ratio. Then people can order 5 x 7 or 8 x 10 and you will only lose image off of the short sides. If your in camera crop was too close and you can't crop to 8 x 10 then you tell your customers that aesthetically this photo would be much better as an 8 x 12 and you talk them into ordering that"
She also says:
"When you use the crop tool you aren't changing the pixel size, just the aspect ratio. As long as you don't resize the pixels then you are good to print any size"
My question is how do you achieve the first thing she says? Two, she says that when you use the crop tool it doesn't change the pixel size but I just cropped an image and checked the image size via image>file>size and clearly looked like it changed to me. Am I missing something here?
Here's my motive behind all this. I'm planning to get into portrait photography so I don't want to have to crop every shot in various sizes if one crop will do the trick, as she's mentioning. So if there is one particular photo that the client potentially would like to print in different sizes because they can't decide on one, then how do I go about that?