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Rediscovering Square Cropping

As I mentioned yesterday – I was recently going through some of the first images that I ever took (as well as some taken of me) and came a cross a series of shots that particularly caught my attention (some shots of me as a kid from the 70’s). The reason they caught my attention was because they were in a format you don’t see much these days…

they were all Square

These days the predominant format for images is the rectangle. Square cropping is often seen as ‘dated’ or boring – however I quite like it.

The Square format is a simple and uncomplicated one that is particularly useful for symmetrical images, especially where there is a central point of interest (of course there’s no rules on this – unsymmetrical images can also work nicely too).

So next time you are editing images see what impact a square cropping might have on your shots.

PS: just keep in mind that getting shots printed at labs in the square format can be a little tricky.

Here’s a few more examples of Square Cropping.


Image Credits: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

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Darren Rowse
Darren Rowse

is the editor and founder of Digital Photography School and SnapnDeals.

He lives in Melbourne Australia and is also the editor of the ProBlogger Blog Tips. Follow him on Instagram, on Twitter at @digitalPS or on Google+.

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