Post # 1
So my maid of honors sister in law took our wedding pictures. She is an amateur but I saw pics she took at MOH’s borthers wedding 7 years ago and loved them and thought it would be great. We paid her $450 which is really really a great price for us. Happy with that.
I got the pictures back from her and they are all square. Not the regular format that fits on 4×6. Just square. Lots of them also look like the sides were chopped off. Everyone looks kinda fatter in them.
Now she said she got them off her camera to her computer using picasa and then straight to the CD. No editing. Yet some of these pictures are 4000×3000 and the majority is 2992×2992.
She already got very upset when I was askng if she shot them in jpeg or RAW and asked if I wanted the money back. I wasn’t rude or aggressive. I thought I was being very polite in asking my questions.
So here are my questions: Did she shoot those pictures in a weird format that made them square or did her computer somehow croped them when she uploaded them? Is there a chance she has them in the regular sizes on her camera and just didnt know how to get them off properly?
PRinting and framing the square ones will be a pita *sigh*
the camera she used is Canon Powershot sx40 HS
I don’t want to email her again and asking her this because I really don’t want to make her feel bad. I knew she wasn’t a professional and I should’ve went over details with her. I am just hoping there is a chance that those pictures are in the regular format on her camera somewhere and wanted to see what you guys think before I call her again (if at all,might just deal with it)
here few pictures to show what I mean about cutting faces off and such. All of those pictures are so close up that I cant crop them to fit on 4×6 paper
Post # 3
I don’t know the answer to your cropping questions, but I looked it up and that camera does not have capability to shoot in RAW. You can easily print square photos at mpix.com Sorry about your situation!
Post # 4
@MrsTVLover: yeah she told me it can’t record in raw, which is fine.I was just making sure. Thank you for that link, it looks like the easiest way to get them printed. At least some of them!
Post # 5
That’s so weird! I’m not sure what to suggest. Sorry that happened to you. 🙁
Post # 6
It looks like they were shot in a crop mode? weird
Post # 7
@Aelie I did a quick google on this and you can choose from the camera which aspect ratio you want to shoot with:
“Image aspect ratio can be swapped from the factory default of 4:3 to 16:9, 3:2 or more unusually even 1:1″
There is a possibility she had the aspect ratio set as 1:1 vs. 4:3 which is standard.
Is there any way of requesting to see the memory card? You could take the files right off the card, you don’t need to use Picasa or other software (many laptops have a built in card reader), it’s the only way to confirm for sure.
Post # 8
Odds are she had her camera stuck in this weird 1:1 mode and didn’t know it at the time, or didn’t know how to change it.
Post # 9
I’m going to take a shot in the dark and make a few suggestions which may or may not help.
I used to do professional photography and shoot digital. And I still do graphic and web design on the side. It is weird the pictures came out square – interesting to say the least. But, these things do happen.
My first suggestion is since you did pay her, please do ask her for the memory card before the images are deleted off the card. I would make some calls around where you live. Find out where a professional photo printing lab is at, not walmart, costco or some francise camera place in the mall. I’m talking about a professional lab that professional photographers use. If you have no idea where one is located I suggest you call some nice wedding photographers in your area and try to get them to tell you who they use. A professional lab will cost you but they can help answer some of your burning questions about the images
My second suggestion as far as fixing the sizing… Although this is far from perfect it does work. Get someone to help you thats extremely familiar with photoshop. Hang with me and I’ll try to explain this. Many people suck at sizing images even if they are great at photoshop. This is only a suggestion based on sizes I’m making up. Have someone save all the images in the same format like jpeg. As a general make all images 10×10 or smaller. Side note – if she shot in anything other than raw or raw/large you may have a hard time getting clear images if you blow them up bigger than 10×10. Okay so if all the images are saved as 7×7 inches which you would do in image size in photoshop. Next, go to canvas sizing in photoshop. This is key. In canvas sizing you control the outside diminsions of image. The image itself is already sized as 7×7 inches – so – in canvas size you can resize the outside boarder to 8×10 to fit in a standard frame. You can make the outside boarder any color – I usually stick with black or white. You can even make it white and have a ‘graphic desinger’ add a little poem on it. What I’m trying to say it does not have to look bad or weird. I’ve done this type of sizing many times and it looks fine.
Again, sizing can be tricky and theres many people not good at it. Lastly, I can’t see any other program to use to deal with this other than photoshop.