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Edward Fielding

5 Years Ago

Hip To Be Square! Show Us Your Square Format Photographs.

In the past the square format in film photography was really only achieved by either using 6x6cm format medium cameras and film or cropping your images at the old paper cutter. (BTW: Medium format was prized by magazine photographers because the results could easily be cropped for horizontal or vertical images.)

Some photographers made a name for themselves using this distinctive square format like Diane Arbus whose off-beat characters looked even more off beat in the square format.

Now with digital processing and even cameras that can switch aspect ratios, the square format is even more of a viable option. Plus there are plenty of ready made mats and frames in the 8x8 or 11x11 range. Show us your work in the 1:1 aspect ratio!

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Liane Wright

5 Years Ago

Abstract - Pretty Pastel

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Franziskus Pfleghart

5 Years Ago



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Liane Wright

5 Years Ago

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Joshua House

5 Years Ago

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Edward Fielding

5 Years Ago

Besides showing your great "square" work. How about a couple notes about the format. Is it something you uses all the time or just for special subjects? What do you like about it?

For myself the square is something I have ignored in the past but find that it can be a great way to offer work because it scales so nicely. Buyers can find mats and frames easily.

 

Chuck Staley

5 Years Ago

My Rolleiflex used to take square 620 pictures but I never liked the format. However, now I have grown quite fond of it.

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Jeff Gettis

5 Years Ago

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I have a gallery dedicated to squares. It is neither here nor there, it generally looks awesome in 2's or more, otherwise if hung as a single, it looks uneasy on top of your central livingroom couch and is oftentimes relegated to hallways or other small secondary spaces. Moral, buy 2 or more. -W

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Edward Fielding

5 Years Ago

So the square wants to be a rectangle by matching up with some friends? ;-)

 
 

Amanda Stadther

5 Years Ago

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James Ahn

5 Years Ago

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Gill Billington

5 Years Ago

I have loads of square images, some things just look better cropped square.
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Ann Powell

5 Years Ago

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Matthias Hauser

5 Years Ago

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Weston Westmoreland

5 Years Ago

I have a few squarish pics, but not dead squares.

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Alexander Senin

5 Years Ago

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Harold Shull

5 Years Ago

Hiya Edward,

This may not look square but the original painting, with all its background is square.

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Shane Bechler

5 Years Ago

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John Haldane

5 Years Ago

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Edward Fielding

5 Years Ago

But why? What is it about the square? For one thing, centering the subject in the middle seems to work better with a square.

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But then again, rules of thirds works too...

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Jan Bickerton

5 Years Ago

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Bill Wakeley

5 Years Ago

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Carlos Vieira

5 Years Ago

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Edward Fielding

4 Years Ago

Sold this one recently -

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Marlene Burns

4 Years Ago

Marlene Burns paintings of predators

 

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4 Years Ago

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4 Years Ago

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Suzanne Powers

4 Years Ago

Edward,

With your leading comments I feel like I am in a paid class, good leadership skills! I liked this urn so three is a good balanced composition

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Then I was able to get one more out of it, thus the square format in another color variation although I am not completely happy with sharpening under the textures in an attempt to bring out the details. I over did it, also I had to enlarge the rusted texture to a huge size to account for the large sized format of the three urns and I'm not sure it is effective in the square format.

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JG Thompson

4 Years Ago

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Chuck Staley

4 Years Ago

Long, long ago in a place far away...

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Sandy Moulder

4 Years Ago

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I used different sizes over the years. I do like abstracts on a square surface and have been starting to do more on other sites.

 

Wendy Wilton

4 Years Ago

I quite like the look of square format and so try to include some in all of the artwork I do....straight forward photography through to digital only work
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Edward Fielding

4 Years Ago

Do you shoot your squares in camera or crop after? My point and shoot - Panasonic Lumix LX5 has a selective aspect ratio right on the lens. Unfortunately it too easily moves around. But I typically crop after using Adobe Lightroom.

I shoot a lot of verticals, leaving space on the top and bottom so its easy to convert into squares on a lot of my images.

 

Patrick Jacquet

4 Years Ago

Best practice would be to leave all image manipulation on the computer side... it will give more flexibility.

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Connie Fox

4 Years Ago

Posted this morning:
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Gabriel Peralto

4 Years Ago

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Kevin Callahan

4 Years Ago

This one just begged to be square.

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Judy Kay

4 Years Ago

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Barbie Corbett-Newmin

4 Years Ago

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Barbie Corbett-Newmin

4 Years Ago

Edward, Thanks for everything here. It is easier for me to crop afterwards!

 

Samuel Sheats

4 Years Ago

This is an Asphalt Nebula but rendered differently than I normally do...

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Peggy Collins

4 Years Ago

I came across these two baby pigs on a logging road the other day. I'm not sure if they are feral pigs or if they belong to a nearby farm and got loose...

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Chuck Staley

4 Years Ago

A couple of new squares:

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Parker Cunningham

4 Years Ago

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RD Erickson

4 Years Ago

I don't often crop to square - although I do like the format.

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I have a whole gallery devoted to the square format on my digital abstract artist website

 

Nikolyn McDonald

4 Years Ago

This is my third post to this thread and after my second I realized I had enough square crops for a gallery, so I created one. It contains 41 images :) This grouping is all butterflies, three different types. I do think the roughly triangular shape of the folded wings as in Jeweled is particularly suited for a square crop and in all of these it's the diagonal, subtle though it may be, that makes the crop work IMO

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Edward Fielding

4 Years Ago

Interesting, Art Wolfe on a recent CreativeLive said he doesn't like the square or any crop that isn't in a 35mm dimensions. Doesn't want to show that it was cropped. Must be a pride thing among photographers to each other because I doubt the customer cares.

 

Jan Bickerton

4 Years Ago

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Ally White

4 Years Ago

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