Originally Posted by Steven Dempsey
"Scope" is just short for "Cinemascope" which is an aspect ratio used in some 35mm films (otherwise known as 2.35:1). I just like the look of it. For me, it gives the frame a much more filmic and epic look.
Basically what I do is apply a mask on the top and bottom of the frame of 12.5% each. I am losing 25% of the frame by doing this but I am shooting and framing with this in mind always so it's not really a loss to me.
Thanks so much for the clarification! I totally agree, it makes it look more filmic and epic.