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.