Over the years I have done my share of cropping photos, and even back in the darkroom I would be a little upset when I put my 8×10 piece of paper under the enlarger only to find that I would end up clipping 2-inches of my image right off. The 8×10 format has a long standing in the history of photography, but I wouldn’t mind seeing a shift to the 8×12, the “New 8×10”.
To be honest, my framer that has been making 8×12 inch frames for awhile now. I was in the process of picking up some 20×30 inch frames and I saw an 8×12 frame that Tom had made up. I said, “Tom, now that’s a really great idea! Finally I can show off ALL of my image! I didn’t know that you stocked 8×12’s?” His response, “Mike, I make custom frames. I just need to know the size you need.”
I tend to believe that I am not the only one that is having this 8×10/8×12 battle and yesterday I found a post on Scott Kelby’s Photoshop Insider Blog‘ that shared concern. If Scott Kelby is talking about it, then MUST be a popular topic among professionals.
Here’s what I mean:
By cropping to the 8×10 format 2 inches is lost. It creates an entirely different picture that what is originally captured in camera. Movies made the first conversion, then computers, then TVs. I would hope that photography will be the next medium to convert.
Currently it’s hard for custom framers to sell 8×12 frames. It’s really hard to compete with department stores who sell 8x10s for pennies, thus bringing up another point of comparison. My 8x12s are only $25.00 not too shabby I think, but for the general person, is the bonus of 2 inches on their picture worth the extra hard-earned Bucks? I’d like to hear your thoughts and stories on this topic. What side of the bill are you on?