6 Lessons The Square Format Can Teach You About Composition

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by RT_Panther, Jul 29, 2013.

  1. Chrisnmn

    Chrisnmn Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 26, 2012
    Auckland, New Zealand
    interesting read RT. thanks for the link. will this mean that instagram can save composition in photography?. not really cause most people still shoots with their phones seeing in 3:2 or 4:3 format rather than 1:1. anyway. fun!.
  2. Cruzan80

    Cruzan80 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 23, 2012
    Denver, Co
    Sean Rastsmith
    There are several shots I have taken either with the intention to crop 1:1, or when viewing later, strike me as the perfect ratio. Not for everything, but for some, it just is amazing. Not sure how much I agree with the BW/square made for each other, but I understand why some people are fans.
  3. shutterduster

    shutterduster Mu-43 Regular

    Feb 8, 2013
    Keremeos, BC. Canada
    Dave T
    That was certainly interesting and something I will work on soon.

    Thanks, Dave
  4. wlewisiii

    wlewisiii Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 16, 2011
    Hayward, WI
    William B. Lewis
    Having owned several TLR's (still have a Rolleicord III :) ) and used a number of other 6x6 cameras, I can easily say that's my favorite format. Shooting to the square is a challenge but one I find quite enjoyable.

    One of the most enjoyable things about my little E-PL1 is the ability to set it to 6:6 & monochrome and go walkabout and shooting the equivalent of a dozen rolls of Plus-X 120.
  5. krugorg

    krugorg Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Jul 18, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Interesting article, thanks for sharing.
  6. AceAceBaby

    AceAceBaby Mu-43 Veteran Subscribing Member

    Jan 21, 2013
    I think 1:1 (or 6:6 artisanal ;) ) is my favourite ratio; it's both very flexible but also constraining.
  7. speedandstyle

    speedandstyle Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I have always liked the square aspect ratio.
  8. 350duser

    350duser Mu-43 Veteran

    Sep 26, 2012
    Brisbane, QLD
    Nice article.

    Thanks for sharing.
  9. RevBob

    RevBob Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Jun 4, 2011
    NorthWestern PA
    Interesting and worth trying. :cool:
  10. luiztakei

    luiztakei Mu-43 Regular

    Dec 13, 2012
    It's good to see a photography related thread for a change! ;)

    Thanks for sharing it with us.
  11. janneman

    janneman Mu-43 Veteran

    Dec 6, 2012
    Jan (John) Kusters
    If nothing else, square format is a very good exercise for composing. Back in my film days, I workd with medium format, and I loved the square, but truth be told, almost all prints ended up 3x4 or 4x5...
  12. parka

    parka Mu-43 Regular

    May 12, 2012
    Sidetrack a bit.

    Anyone using Windows Phone know of any app that shoots in square aspect ratio?
  13. Chuck Pike

    Chuck Pike Mu-43 Veteran

    Apr 3, 2010
    Charlotte, NC.
    I didn't see this tread.

    I just posted two 1:1 images in the street photography thread, and then saw this thread. My camera club just held its end of year competition which was judged by three commercial photographers. They pointed out that several of our shots would have been better if cropped at 1:1. It tightens up the image by getting rid of things that don't add a thing to your photograph. I had just gone through several years of work, and pulled out 250 +/_ shots to work on. They are my main subjects I like to shoot, people doing something. I had just posted these to my Photoshelter account, but after the club meeting, felt I needed to go through them again to see which ones might look better at 1:1. I was surprised at how many were really improved big time by this step. So, I down loaded the new cropped images and deleted the images that I had posted just this week.
    Images for books, magazines and calendars | photosbypike
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