Why Are Only Certain Enlargement Sizes Available?
For years, 8×10 has been synonymous with “enlargements”. However, that is kind of considered “old school” now. Think of it like this, an “aspect ratio” of 4:3 is the “old school” version of your television before wide screens came out. Now, as you can see in any electronic store and even with computer monitors, everyone wants wide screen. That “aspect ratio” is 16:9. Now if you watch the same movie on both TV’s at the same time, you’ll notice that you’re missing a lot on the “old school” one. Well, that all holds true for photography!
You see, most people, especially amateurs, aren’t thinking of “filling the frame” when they take the actual photo. So, they rely on either post-processing or cropping to fix that problem. That is where an 8×10 comes in. By enlarging a photo to an 8×10, you can take a subject and trim the empty space off the sides and make it look all nice.
I shoot the photo to fill the frame at the time I take the photo, not afterwords. Therefore, my thought is ALWAYS give the client a “wide screen” or “Hi-Def” version of the pic. Why order a photo and lose 2 inches when you can have the whole thing!
This removes the worry of cropping the wrong inch off the wrong side. Also removes any confusion and really, you ALWAYS get a good enlargement!
Now, if you want bigger sizes, you’ll also notice that I do not offer the 11×14 size. Why? Because believe it or not the correct enlargement would be 10×15!, same thing with bigger sizes, I offer 16×24, and 20×30.
UPDATE AS OF 8-1-2010 – Because of several requests, I have put 8×10 enlargements back onto the site but please be careful when ordering! Remember that 1″ is cut off each end so make sure there is enough room before selecting this size over an 8×12
What to do about frames? Not to worry! I NOW OFFER FRAMES FOR ALL OF THE SIZES I CARRY! That’s right, not only won’t you have to go to the store for a frame, but now you don’t have to search for the right size; I’ve already done it for you! I offer several different colors in both wood and metal. If you are looking for something else, then please just email me. I offer custom sizes, dozens of colors, and hundreds of styles.