Does aspect ratio really matter? I mean, you can just crop images to any aspect you’d like in post-production, right? I mentioned previously that I used three different cameras in this personal photography project. One of the reasons why I did so was to study how a camera’s aspect ratio affects composition and therefore, the artistic quality of an image.
The cameras I used have the roughly following aspect ratios (length : width).
- Nikon D700: 4:6
- Rolleicord: 1:1
- iPhone 4: 3:4
Consider this scene:
In this scene, depending on the camera’s aspect:
- Certain details are included or excluded
- The viewer’s eye is drawn to different areas
- Sense of place evolves or devolves
- Lines of sight change
- The “story” varies
- Perspective shifts
I think the camera’s original aspect ratio does matter. Quite a bit. Do you agree? Which is your favorite view?