There are several format’s that are used in photography, some of which i’ve used, some i haven’t. I’d used the large format of 5×4, the medium format 6×4.5, and of course the 3×2 format of the 35mm film. With the advent of digital cameras we’ve kept the 3×3 format, and if my working out is correct, we still have the 6×4.5 via what is called 4/3rds.
What i hadn’t used until recently was a square format camera. It was very popular with medium format cameras, both at the top and lower range, but for various reasons i’d never used one.
Since being given an old iPhone by my mate Gary, i’ve taken to using the Hipstamatic app a lot of the time. This of course is a square format. Using this has reminded me that when using my DSLR in live view mode i can set the ratio so that it offers guidelines on the screen for composition. One of the options is the square.
Very slowly i’m starting to use this option, and recently as i composed a photograph i thought about how it might look as a square image. It was just some red berries on an overgrown wild area behind a metal fence, but it made me want to make another photograph that would be cropped square later when editing.
At the time i struggled to decide which i preferred, and i still find it hard to decide as both are quite different in some ways……..
I’ve tried to decide by thinking which i would prefer as a photograph on my wall, and i have decided, but that to me doesn’t really make one better or worse than the other. I find them both aesthetically pleasing.
All views are welcome…..