Letter box photos

I’ve been learning lots on the two short photo courses I’m involved in. One of the recent challenges was to take images in and around our town and crop them down to letterbox size – so they are at least 3 times as long as they are high (or vice versa)

It is amazing how quickly I started looking at views differently, and how a relatively uninteresting photo can be made much more dramatic.

Here are a few of my offerings for the course.

 Do you have a favourite image among these?

Have you ever cropped to “letter box”? If so, what worked well.

More photocourse photos coming soon.

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  1. Hi JM,

    I am so glad you showed this technique – could it also be called a panorama? I think they are very interesting in a unique way. My favorite is definately the very first one. I am partial to black and white often.

    Thanks for sharing – My Mr. often shoots in this manner but he stitches together rather than cropping.

    Hope you are having a fabulous week!

    ♥ Barb

  2. I would never have thought to crop to letterbox either. I had a camera years ago which took panoramic shots, or it would have if I’d really got the point of it and bothered to point it at something worth taking a panoramic photo of:)

    I think I like the last one best, or the one of the wall with the topiary trees I can’t decide.

  3. I love the third one from the bottom – I would never have thought to crop a photo like this, but I love it!

  4. i’m back – although I’ve been checking your blog I haven’t been leaving a comment – i was trying to stay away from tech stuff for a bit – but i love these size photos the first thing popped into my mind was blog headers!!! these would be great –
    i have a hard time resizing mine without them getting all out of sorts and distorted – can you drop me an email to let me know how you did yours? thanks

  5. Definitely like the last one the best. We generally teach our students to stay away from the letter box cropping approach because of the quality loss. It’s relatively easy to do a panoramic and the quality stays with the picture. We’ve done many posts on our blog about panos but here’s a link to a tutorials we give out on them


    Stan at Scrappers Workshop

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