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D300 question

Discussion in 'Nikon Chat' started by bampson, Mar 20, 2012.

  1. bampson

    bampson Member

    hi Guys

    I was wondering if anyone knew how to change the aspect ratio on a D300.
    My printer does 6x8 photos and the camera seems to be set up for 6x9.

    any help would be great .

  2. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    I cannot see any aspect ratio settings in the specs.

    This might be because most users correct in post shooting by cropping the images to fit the printing size.

    It used a aspect ratio of standard 35mm at 3:2 which can be converted to 4:3 through cropping.

    But you could add some small thin borders to the images to give you the 4:3 for your prints.

    So if you pad the 4288x2848 images to say 4500x3375 with borders you get to 4:3 aspect ratio

    Hope this helps. :)
  3. bampson

    bampson Member

    thanks for the quick reply ,
    the thing is I do event photography
    So I want to print straight form the camera as the time constraints of having people waiting while I edit the pictures will cause me to loose sales .

    I will have to think about a new printer or a new Camera if i cant change the settings .

    Thanks Bamp
  4. GeoffR

    GeoffR Well-Known Member

    You can't adjust the aspect ratio of the D300, the sensor is 23.6 x 15.8mm which gives an aspect ratio of 2:3 the same as 6 x 9. In the days of film there was always a compromise either print the whole frame and crop the paper or cover the paper and crop the image. Seems the same is still true in the digital age.
  5. bampson

    bampson Member

    thanks for that , looks like i need to invest in a 6x9 printer ..
  6. P_Stoddart

    P_Stoddart Well-Known Member

    There might be software out there than can make it turn key so to speak. Auto border adding.

    There is auto crop software out there. :)

  7. bampson

    bampson Member

    thanks for that. it seems to work well. i need to figure out when to do the crop but i think it will work for me until i can buy a new printer ..

    thanks Again ;)
  8. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    The simplest technique is to learn where your current printer crops and then frame accordingly in camera.

    It's very simple to do.

    Take a photo of a brick wall (or other regular pattern) making sure that you fill the frame, and then print out a copy.

    Return to the exact spot you took the photo from and compare the print with the view in the view finder.

    You'll see what area of the image you're losing by printing to a different aspect ration and can adjust accordingly. Using the grid overlay in the viewfinder may assist you in this by giving you a reference point.

    Simples. :cool:
  9. bampson

    bampson Member

    wow .. why aren't you reading the budget ? so simple yet so effective ..

    Thanks i will be trying that ASAP ..
  10. Barney

    Barney Well-Known Member

    Because I'd scrap the entire tax and benefits system and start again from scratch with a long term view rather than short term fire fighting or bribing voters tactics. Too many vested interests to let me anywhere near that red dispatch box! :cool:

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