I believe all of our cameras have at least one feature that we never or rarely use. In this video, Mark Denney reflects on one that might just be yours. The aspect ratio is something you probably don’t change in camera, but Mark explains why you should give it a shot.
As a landscape photographer, Mark focuses on this genre when talking about the feature. However, it can be useful for any other type of photography. There are situations when you like the scene but you just can’t get the composition that works well. In situations like this, he likes to play around with camera orientation and different lenses, but there’s something more you can do.
Some scenes just need a different crop. Sometimes it’s difficult to imagine it, especially if you’ve been obsessing about a scene for a while. A simple change of the aspect ratio in-camera helps you visualize and conceptualize what a different crop will look like in post.
Mark shoots with a Fuji GFX 100S and this camera has the feature available and it’s easy to find. As you change the aspect ratio, you’ll see the specific crop on the display. I couldn’t find the feature on my camera, but I have an ancient Nikon D7000. My guess is that many newer cameras have this setting, and it probably also depends on the manufacturer.
Does your camera have this setting? Do you use it, or do you prefer playing with the crop in post?