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3:2 or 16:9? Which to shoot stills in?
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Author:  Nocturnal Designs [ Thu Oct 22, 2015 10:50 am ]
Post subject:  3:2 or 16:9? Which to shoot stills in?

Hello,
This is my first post. My timelapse system is finally assembled, and I plan to try it out this weekend.

I understand that my camera shoots in 3:2, and the finished timelapse video will be cropped to 16:9. If I perfectly compose the shot on my camera in 3:2, and then crop on my stills on my computer to 16:9, then I will be chopping off parts of the shot that may have been vital to the perfect composure in the first place. So: does anyone shoot their stills in 16:9 to ensure a perfect composure? Or, do you shoot in 3:2, and zoom out to ensure you have enough room to crop to a perfect composure? I feel like this issue will be compounded when considering 3 axis motion control. What do you do?

Thank you,
Jordan

Author:  pixelbot [ Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 3:2 or 16:9? Which to shoot stills in?

why not shoot 3:2 and frame for 16:9 so that you have some area to play with in terms of framing?

timt

Author:  scotchtape [ Fri Oct 23, 2015 10:40 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 3:2 or 16:9? Which to shoot stills in?

Always shoot wider and crop in post

Author:  Kitwn [ Fri Oct 23, 2015 4:46 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 3:2 or 16:9? Which to shoot stills in?

Does your camera allow you to show a 16:9 frame in the 3:2 viewfinder?

Author:  Nocturnal Designs [ Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:12 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: 3:2 or 16:9? Which to shoot stills in?

Upon investigation, I found that my Canon T3i camera has an Aspect Ratio mode that can be set to 16:9. I assumed that this meant my camera would take 16:9 photographs, but in reality it only displays lines in 16:9 on my live-view LCD to allow for 16:9 framing. This is exactly what I want, and concludes this discussion :)
Thank you.

Author:  Tom Lapse [ Sun Nov 01, 2015 9:13 am ]
Post subject:  Re: 3:2 or 16:9? Which to shoot stills in?

My T3i will shoot at 3:2 when the LCD is closed but at 16:9 when it's open. I always close it to save battery power. It adds an extra step in post, but a few times it has allowed me to crop differently than I would have when setting up the shot.

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