The Image Area


Serene, Neutral, Charged, Proud

There are many variables that determine whether a photograph enchants or underwhelms a viewer. Key among them in determining the quality of a photo is the ratio of an image’s proportions. Every format, or aspect ratio, produces a unique effect. Visual formats have the potential to accentuate or undercut the subject of an image.

The 16:9 aspect ratio better approximates the natural human perspective. When employed horizontally, this format is well grounded and often ideal for revealing broad-angled views of sweeping landscapes. When employed vertically, such as this image of the Statue of Liberty, ...

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