I had to learn because my first camera didn't shoot pictures in any of the standard printing sizes. It shot 3:4 as did most point and shoots (according to Kat's article).
|3:4 Aspect Ratio|
|4:6 / 2:3 Aspect Ratio|
|1:1 Aspect Ratio|
Do you KNOW how excited I was the first time I looked at pictures from my new dSLR last February to realize it shot in a 4:6 aspect ratio? Now I would save so much time on editing and get upto date on my printing!
For one thing...4:6 is still not always the best ratio for my shot. Knowing I intend to mostly print 4x6's, I tend to try to compose my shot with that in mind, but with moving kids and my single-minded thoughts (focus on the eyes, focus on the eyes, focus...), I often fail.
|4:6 Aspect Ratio (original)|
|5:7 Aspect Ratio|
|8:10 / 4:5 Aspect Ratio|
I'm pretty sure my husband would be thrilled if I went back to the days of the only editing I did being a crop and some red-eye reduction, especially as that would be so fast! Certainly adding a little pop to each image takes very little time...even less time all together than my old edits would take...but I just have so many, many, many images, and there are so many, many fun things to try.
Now that I have so much creative control over my images from start to finish, photography is just too much fun...all aspects of it!