[MIUI Photography Classroom] L11 – Understanding Aspect Ratio

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    Sajal Hossain

    After having some advance shooting tutorials last week, let’s get back to something more tame and basic. It’s always good to have a good grasp of the basics. So let’s dive in shall we? Here’s:

    Understanding Aspect Ratio and Know When to Use Them

    For any one who has fiddle with their Camera Settings (wether its MIUI 5 or 6) you would have stumbled upon the Picture Size (v5) or Camera Frame (v6)

    MIUI 5 Camera

    On MIUI 5 its a bit complicated since you’re presented with a lot of MP sizes and resolutions (It’s also a bit unclear which is full screen and which is standard). Don’t worry though, I’ve already taken the liberty to make your life easier. Here’s an illustration how each resolution compares to each other:

    Illustration A.

    So in recap:
    0.8, 2MP, 3MP, 8MP and 13MP are all 4:3 (Standard) and 0.9MP, 2MP, 6MP and 10MP are all 16:9 (Full Screen)

    MIUI 6
    In MIUI 6, its been made easier for you as you only have two choices. Standard 4:3 and Full Screen 16:9.
    STANDARD 4:3 shoots @ full 13MP and Full Sreen 16:9 shoots at a slightly lower 10MP.

    What is Ratio and Why call it 4:3 and 16:9?
    Without going to too much technical detail, 4:3 just means that for every 4 pixels of width you will have 3 pixels of height. The same formula goes for 16:9, for every 16 pixels of width you will have 9 pixels of height.

    Below is an illustration of how Aspect Ratio works in regards to our camera. I shot this two image of Mitu, one in 4:3 and the other in 16:9 aspect ratio. I gave the 16:9 image a transparency of 50%, placed it directly on top of the 4:3 image and viola! Surprise! Surprise! 16:9 is actually just a cropped 4:3!

    In a perfect world, 16:9 aspect ratio should have some extra pixel on both sides like this:

    Apparently that’s not the case here, and we have to live with it for now. So technically, you are capturing a much bigger picture and a whole lot more of data with a 4:3 aspect ratio than a 16:9. Knowing this, I would recommend that  you use 4:3 next time you shoot, then just crop the image to your liking with a photo editor.

    Also let’s not forget that photographs are normally printed on paper with 4:3 aspect ratios (3R, 5R, 7R etc.) Picture frames are also created for 4:3s only. (I’ve yet to find a photo frame with a 16:9 aspect ratio, not including custom ones of course.)

    This doesn’t mean though that you should always stick to a 4:3 ratio. 16:9 has it’s advantages too:
    1. Videos look better in wide screen format  (just don’t shoot videos vertically while in full screen mode. Why? Just don’t.)
    2. Landscape photos looks better in 16:9
    3. Photos also looks nicer when viewed on mobile phone screen, tablets and LCD TVs (since they share almost similar aspect ratios)
    4.  Having the viewfinder in fullscreen mode makes it easier to compose you photo
    5. It takes less storage space (not much, but if you’re a Scrooge with storage space then 16:9 is the way to go! hehe)

    So what do you prefer? 4:3 or 16:9? sound-off below!



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