Photo Images for WebSite Banner

I am designing a website and want to have photos appear in the banner of the home page. The size of the banner is 900 x 120 and I want a photo with the same dimensions to fit inside of it. I've looked at different stock photo sites (e.g. istockphoto.com) and downloaded a few images for testing but am never sure what size to choose. When I choose ones that are large (e.g., 2716 px by 1810 px), they don't reduce that well to 900 x 120. When I choose ones that are small (e.g., 849 x 565), they don't stretch very well. Is there some "magic" involved in selecting the right image size? Is there a way to take one of these images, regardless of size, and make it the size I want it to be?

I'm a novice at this so am not sure how this works.
cbridgmanAsked:
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cbridgmanAuthor Commented:
Is there a way to do this with GIMP or with MS Expression Design? I tried with Paint Shop Pro (very old version) and it stretched the photo too much.
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cbridgmanAuthor Commented:
I think I figured this out. After I resize to the width that I want and maintain the aspect ratio, I can then crop the photo to the height that I want. I guess this will do it for me. Thanks anyway. No more help is needed on this one.
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cbridgmanAuthor Commented:
I figured out the answer on my own.
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