Tip Tuesdays | DCPG Photo Cropping Guide

A while back, I downloaded these great cropping guides from Paint the Moon. Since our full-frame camera crop does not automatically fit a standard 8×10 or 11×14, we thought this would be helpful to see how much of your image you will “lose” by cropping  it various sizes. Paint the Moon has a great ratio cheatsheet and more information on their site; it’s worth a look if you want to see the hows and whys!


We finally put the crop templates to use, so voila! Here are comparisons of a single photo, done in various crops. Please note; this is for crop reference only, it does not show relative size – for that, come into the studio and I can show you why bigger is better when it comes to wall prints :)

If you are interested in printing these out for future reference, just click on the photo and you will be taken to a link where you can download printable versions of each guide:


DCPG Cropping Guide VERT BLOG


Here is a horizontal version:


DCPG Cropping Guide H BLOG

But what about Canvases?

One last thing to note; if you are using our digital files to purchase a canvas wrap, you will need to ensure an additional 1 to 2 inches of clearance around the main parts of your image so that nothing important gets folded out of the way. If you are not sure, PLEASE always email me with the desired final image size and what vendor you are using, I want your photo to look the way it was intended to and will help you get it to spec. If the original crop is too tight, we can always add in a colored/textured border to make up for the wraparound part. This takes me only minutes and I am happy to do it for you!

Thank you to Livi and Lizzie for lending their adorable faces to these photos!

– Cies