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16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 12:47 pm

Following multiple contributor’s requests and to cope with the technological evolution of sensors and computer screens, we have decided to accept photos in a 16:9 format.

In a nutshell:
  • - This will be authorized only for Landscape format: the size ratio (width/height) can now be anything between 16:9 and 4:3 (before, it was anything between 3:2 and 4:3). So, it is not limited to pure and fixed 16:9 ratio.
  • - No change for portrait format: still limited to anything between 3:4 and 2:3 ratio.

The guidelines have been update accordingly: you can find the relevant chapter here: Size

As usual, common sense should be used in the motivation to use such a format in your compositions.

We hope that this change will be welcome by the community.

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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:27 pm

Great news! I'll help spread the word  
 
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 1:46 pm

Will you accept re-uploads of 3:2 photos as 16:9?
Say, for example, could I recrop this as 16:9:
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 2:38 pm

Pleased to hear this   
 
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:13 pm

Quoting vzlet (Reply 2):
Will you accept re-uploads of 3:2 photos as 16:9?

Unfortunately not. We need to draw a start date which is today. Or we would be faced with a re-upload of thousands of images, which is simply unmanageable.

In addition, the re-upload guidelines text says "Do note that the new photo needs to be exactly the same as the old, only with improved quality." This means that the re-upload function is not meant at increasing size or change format.

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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 3:29 pm

Quoting coninpa (Reply 4):
Unfortunately not.

Thanks for the quick answer. Still, it's a very welcome change!
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 4:30 pm

Whooo! great news!

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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:22 pm

Wow, a new chance for thousands of subjects I put too high or too low in the frame  

I guess it's a good decision since 16:9 actually suits many aircraft photos better, but it's quite a revolution for an old-timer like myself.

Is 1024 x 576 acceptable, especially for older images? Or is there a minium width requirement like 1200 px?

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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:29 pm

Hi Peter,

Please look at the link provided in the first message of this thread and you will find examples of acceptable sizes. To reply directly to your question, the answer is Yes  

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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 5:36 pm

Sorry for the lazy question, Patrick and thanks for the quick answer  
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:28 pm

Quoting coninpa (Thread starter):

Patrick, this is great news. It's something that some of us have been pushing for a while, so I'm very pleased to see this change.

Right, I'm off to shoot some A346s and 77Ws!   
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 6:49 pm

Great news, Patrick. But why not for portrait? I would think that control towers are perfectly suited for this aspect ratio.  
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 7:42 pm

Hmmm...I have quite a few photos cropped at 5:3....maybe I'll upload a few now.

Good news, thanks Patrick.
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Tue Sep 15, 2015 8:26 pm

Quoting coninpa (Thread starter):
As usual, common sense should be used in the motivation to use such a format in your compositions.

Well, a flatter format than 3:2 actually suits the majority of aircraft photographs, don't you think?

I've been uplading a few tonight, and I think my fav new format will be 8:5 or Vik's 5:3. 16:9 is too flat for me in most cases, at least for now.

The 4:3 compositions below were done to include the scenery/horizon, but I've gotten some rejections for similar attempts. I wonder if 3:2 will also rejectable as an unmotivated choice in the future?

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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:33 am

Quoting ptrjong (Reply 13):
I wonder if 3:2 will also rejectable as an unmotivated choice in the future?

I can't see it, given it's the default sensor ratio for nearly all DSLRs. But, yes, it would be a bit of a shocker!  Wow!
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:34 am

Another step forward, good to see things moving with the times.

Now another point I'd like to make is the 1mb max size is too small. Sometimes I can't even upload a 1200px picture at max quality because that comes to greater than 1mb. Any chance of this increasing to even 1.5mb? It's not like space is an issue anymore.
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Wed Sep 16, 2015 7:44 am

Quoting ptrjong (Reply 13):
I think my fav new format will be 8:5 or Vik's 5:3

Agreed. I've been looking forward to this for a long time, only wish it had come sooner.

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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:36 am

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):
Now another point I'd like to make is the 1mb max size is too small. Sometimes I can't even upload a 1200px picture at max quality because that comes to greater than 1mb.

Have a look at the other "Creative Team" thread:

Quoting alevik (Reply 83):

Quoting jid (Reply 80):
While there is a debate about creativity and 'quality' why not think about raising file size as a 1Meg restriction is only going to restrict quality not enhance it?

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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:42 am

Quoting angad84 (Reply 16):
Agreed. I've been looking forward to this for a long time, only wish it had come sooner.

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Sorry for asking but I am just curious. Why is that so important to you (and others)? For me the only thing it changes is that less background will be visible on such crops. I cannot see this being a big deal, though.
Again this is no disrespect, but I 've been asking myself this question ever since I saw this thread.
 
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:59 am

Quoting dvincent (Reply 11):
Great news, Patrick. But why not for portrait?

Hi Dan,
The 16:9 format has been mainly designed for television and computer screens (HDTV, Full HD,...) for a Landscape display. We think that the needs for portrait are largely covered by the current range 3:4 to 2:3

Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):
Now another point I'd like to make is the 1mb max size is too small.

Hi Nicholas,
This is something that screeners can't do anything about, as this is a technical limit imposed by the system. The request is on the list for the developers.

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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Wed Sep 16, 2015 10:04 am

Quoting JKPhotos (Reply 18):
Why is that so important to you (and others)? For me the only thing it changes is that less background will be visible on such crops.

For me personally, the site has been lagging behind display technology. Most screens these days are 'wide screen' format, so it seems odd not to support a 'wide screen' format for images here. Yes, I know most cameras used by most photographers here don't use that format, but for some subjects, 16:9 is a better format than 3:2.

For example, 'blue sky' shots of A346s and 77Ws will look better in 16:9 than 3:2 (IMHO).

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TBH, I suspect many of my shots will stay at 3:2, but it's great to have the creative flexibility to go to anything between 16:9 and 4:3. In the end, the aspect ratio of the image should be driven by the composition.
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Wed Sep 16, 2015 12:36 pm

Quoting scbriml (Reply 20):

Plus, it makes editing a lot easier when you have a poorly framed or unlevel 3:2 original...
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Wed Sep 16, 2015 1:44 pm

Here is the first 16:9 image that was intentionally added.


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The photographer expected the change to come and uploaded the shot before the changes to the size criteria had been announced.
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Wed Sep 16, 2015 2:45 pm

Quoting ghajdufi (Reply 22):
The photographer expected the change to come and uploaded the shot before the changes to the size criteria had been announced.

Really? Gosh that was lucky. Oh wait, he's a screener!

Anyway, nice shot and an example of good use of the format.
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Wed Sep 16, 2015 8:33 pm

Quoting coninpa (Reply 19):
Quoting NZ107 (Reply 15):
Now another point I'd like to make is the 1mb max size is too small.

Hi Nicholas,
This is something that screeners can't do anything about, as this is a technical limit imposed by the system. The request is on the list for the developers.

With a site upgrade due before year end we should see file sizes increased to either 2mb or 3mb.

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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Thu Sep 17, 2015 2:50 pm

Good move A.net!      

Thanks for this change.
I believe having multiple options for ratios is always welcomed.


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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Mon Sep 21, 2015 9:19 am

Very good news and one more option for our creativity.
Thanks for that!
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RE: 16:9 Format Now Accepted For Landscape Photos

Mon Sep 21, 2015 2:20 pm

Excellent decision. 1:1 would be also very appreciated  

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