Today’s prompt is: Aspect Ratio! This is another technical prompt where you can play with your editing apps (or, if you’re super hardcore, your film sizes). Aspect ratio is the relationship of an images height to its width. Your square Instagram photos, for example, are a 1:1 aspect ratio, meaning the height of the picture is the same size as the width of a picture. If photography, your 1:1 aspect ratio came from 120 mm film, which was wound on longish plastic spools and frequently used in film photography. This film size was also called “medium format.” You’re probably more familiar, though, with 35 mm film, which because excruciating popular! The aspect ratio for 35 mm film is 3:2, which you’re probably more used to seeing developed to a size like 3×5, 4×6, or 5×7.
Changing your aspect ratio is kinda cool, because you change the size of your photograph. You can do this before or after taking a photo, and with digital photography this is particularly easy. So today, try changing your aspect ratio and see what happens to your picture. The easiest is probably by cropping your photo in an app–all those automatic crop presets that you see? Those are all aspect rations! Remember, there are no wrong ways to do the Leap Year Photo Challenge, so have fun!
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