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View Aspect Ratio of existing photo in Lightroom

Engaged ,
Jan 24, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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We know how to change the aspect ratio of an existing photo. However, how can you view the aspect ratio of an existing picture?  A client is sending us 12,000 images for cropping and we have to document what the original aspect ratio was for each.

Thank you for the assistance

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Jan 24, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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You are going to encounter thousands of possible ratios for that many images, and Lightroom won't show those. The slightest difference in pixel dimensions will mean another ratio!

If you just report the original  PIXEL dimensions (w:h) you are somewhat on the way.

You might be able to use  spreadsheet math to reduce the pixel dimensions to the lowest common denominator. (eg 4000x6000px = 2:3         5700x3900px = 19:13  )

 

Regards. My System: Lightroom-Classic 13.2 Photoshop 25.5, ACR 16.2, Lightroom 7.2, Lr-iOS 9.0.1, Bridge 14.0.2, Windows-11.

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Jan 24, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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Rob:
Thank you for the quick response.  What my staff agreed to was to report the aspect ratio based on the 7 default aspect ratios that appear when the customer activates the crop tool and drop-down menu. We eliminated 16:10

 

 

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LEGEND ,
Jan 24, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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In the metadata. One place is dimensions under EXIF metadata. If you use the default metaedata option, customize that to include the dimensions (also found in Camera data)

 

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Jan 24, 2024 Jan 24, 2024

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If you want/need to document the metadata from those images (including the dimensions) consider using google to search on:

 

How to export image metadata to excel

 

Several articles on the how, and on what program to use.

 

 

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"What my staff agreed to was to report the aspect ratio based on the 7 default aspect ratios that appear when the customer activates the crop tool and drop-down menu. We eliminated 16:10"

 

Building on the previous replies, you could use the Any Filter plugin's Sort command to export a spreadsheet with the columns Filename and Numeric Aspect Ratio:

johnrellis_0-1706153124389.png

 

In Excel, add a column Ratio that looks up the Numeric Aspect Ratio in a separate Ratios table to find the closest of the 7 Crop tool ratios:

johnrellis_1-1706153418020.png

 

The Ratios table is a little tricky, containing midway points between each of the 7 ratios (each in portrait and landscape mode), and "Other" for very small and very large numeric aspect ratios:

johnrellis_2-1706153519167.png

 

I've attached the spreadsheet for my test catalog.

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[This post contains formatting and embedded images that don't appear in email. View the post in your Web browser.]

 

Also, you can filter by numeric aspect ratio using the Any Filter plugin:

 

johnrellis_0-1706155548428.png

 

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    @johnrellis: would you be able to edit your Ratios table spreadsheet and add two columns to the left that present the width and height in Pixels (converting your existing column A and B data) and post it here?  I can then combine it with my spreadsheet and post the results back here for the community to use.
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