Monday, May 1, 2017

Square Format Photography, No Reason Not To Like It

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Square Format Photography

Square Format Photography, No Reason Not To Like It

'Simplicity of square format photography is something you will take to heart soon enough'

Have you tried taking photographs with the square format (1:1 image aspect ratio), an option setting available on many current digital cameras today? I did and was rather taken with the simplicity of the format. I also went further and crop a few images to the square format in post-processing, and that turned out as well too.

1:1 Image Aspect Ratio
Square format photography is easy on the eyes as the composition of the image is very much simplified and you are left with only the object itself as the focus of the composition, sans all the superfluous surrounding bits. You can also do away the theory of thirds as it does not really apply to square format images.

Instead of placing the object right in the middle of the composition, use leading lines, and shapes that will become the dominant part of the image. While you might notice that the composition of square format photography is always in balance, the use of a dominant color in color photographs may also add to the centrality or the dominance of the composition.

The square format is historically a product associated with the medium and large format cameras, used mainly for landscape and portrait photography, the two subjects which have shown to be quite difficult to compose on a 35mm rectangle.

The format has been with us since the days of the Rolleiflex, a medium format twin lens reflex (TLR) cameras introduced in 1929, and was followed by Hasselblad, Holga, Polaroid, Kodak and other makes, all using the 6x6cm negative film format on 120 or 220 film rolls. Its resurgence in digital photography is made possible with image aspect ratio options that you can set your camera to, or by having images cropped to the ratio in post-processing.

While many photographers recommend the square format be in black and white, images in color or other post-process creatives can equally stand out.

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